Two late goals, one from the ‘other’ Scott Brown and one from Michael O’Halloran denied Celtic full points away to St Johnstone.
After falling behind to a first half strike from Tim Clancy, Celtic looked on course for full points when Kris Commons, Teemu Pukki and Virgil van Dijk put them in front but Brown and O’Halloran though otherwise to give the Scottish Cup finalists a point.
After Saturday’s convincing win over Aberdeen Neil Lennon made wholesale changes to the team with Lucasz Zaluska playing in goals, Mikel Lustig and Adam Matthews at full-back while Pukki and Amido Balde formed the strike force supported by Derk Boerrigter.
The hoops boss was clearly unhappy with the first half showing and made two changes at the interval introducing our Scott Brown and Commons as Matthews and Boerrigter stayed behind in the dressing room.
Those changes seemed to have worked with Celtic looking more like themselves in the second half but the loss of those two late goals annoyed the Celtic boss.
“We defended lazily,” Lennon explained. ” A couple of players switched off, which was disappointing, but it was good entertainment I suppose. I made my feelings known to the players at half-time.
“We were miles off the standard we have set and that is not just the players who have come in but we kicked off early in July and I can’t be too critical of them. I couldn’t ask much more.”
Less than 5,000 fans were inside McDairmid Park with the main drama in the division happening elsewhere.
Partick Thistle’s 4-2 win away to Hearts means that the Firhill side are safe from the drop while Kilmarnock’s 1-0 win over St Mirren lifts them above Hibs into tenth place meaning that the Edinburgh side must beat Killie on Saturday to avoid being involved in a relegation play-off.