St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson says his side must maintain their ‘hunger and desire’ after a 2-1 defeat to Celtic, praising Rangers loanee Glenn Middleton.

The Saints were on the wrong end of an Odsonne Edouard display in Perth. Shaun Rooney had put St Johnstone 1-0 five minutes into the second half before two goals in two minutes from the Frenchman shortly after sealed a Hoops win.

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Edouard inspired Celtic to their 10th consecutive win against St Johnstone in Perth. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Davidson was pleased with the effort from his squad as he praised Middleton’s impact from the bench, the Rangers loanee causing Celtic a few problems with his pace after coming on as the clock hit 70 minutes.

He said: “In the first half our shape was good but we didn’t really keep the ball well enough for me to cause Celtic any problems. It’s a funny game, as I thought we were better in the second half, and we lost 2-1.

“We got a deserved goal and then against Celtic you have to limit chances. We kept going, Celtic are on good form. We made a few changes, it was great to see Glenn Middleton coming on and giving us something different.

Middleton impressed Saints boss Davidson during the Rangers loanee’s 20-minute cameo against Celtic. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“It’s all competition for places. He is working extremely hard, as are other players who aren’t playing. It’s what I want from them but our form has been good, only Celtic and Rangers have beat us over the last six or seven weeks.

“As long as we continue that hunger and desire I will be happy.”

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