The starting XI’s are out at McDiarmid Park as St Johnstone get set to host Celtic in a Valentine’s Day clash.

Callum Booth, Craig Conway and Craig Bryson are brought into the Saints XI in three changes from their 2-0 victory over Livingston last weekend while Celtic bring in Shane Duffy for Stephen Welsh, who was injured midweek against St Mirren. Ryan Christie also returns to the side.

St. Johnstone v Celtic - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

St Johnstone face Celtic this afternoon. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Callum Davidson’s side are in great form heading into this fixture. They ended Livingston’s unbeaten run in West Lothian last week and are currently on a run of one defeat in nine. Now their latest test is Celtic.

Davidson’s team will be full of confidence going into the match with a Celtic side who’s season has been much-maligned this term. In recent matches though, they have looked better, sweeping past top six St Mirren 4-0 midweek.

St Johnstone will provide a tricky test for the Hoops though as the fixtures between these two have been tight this term. Celtic won 2-0 in the last McDiarmid Park fixture via two late goals while the pair drew 1-1 at Parkhead in their last meeting.

Celtic v St. Johnstone - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

A 1-1 draw last time out. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Here’s how both sides take to the field in Perth. A win could move St Johnstone one point outside the top six, moving them from eighth to seventh after results elsewhere over the weekend. A win for Celtic could leave Hibs with an uphill climb for second, three Hoops points leaving the Hibees 12 points behind that position.

St Johnstone starting XI

Clark; Kerr, Gordon, McCart; Rooney, Bryson, McCann, Conway, Wotherspoon, Booth; Kane

Celtic starting XI

Bain; Kenny, Duffy, Ajer, Taylor; Rogic, Brown, McGregor, Turnbull, Christie; Edouard

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