Celtic reinstated their nine-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership with a resounding 4-1 win over St Johnstone at Parkhead on Saturday afternoon.

Two goals apiece from Kyogo Furuhashi and man-of-the-match Reo Hatate were countered only by a Drey Wright consolation as Ange Postecoglou's men answered his call to arms for more presence in the box.

Postecoglou used all five of his available substitutes in the match with one, David Turnbull, sent off by referee Kevin Clancy in the 96th minute after a VAR check.

The Scotland international rose high with his foot to try to convert a cross but caught St Johnstone keeper Remi Matthews on the follow-through. Clancy did not initially deem the incident as a sending-off offence but was referred to the pitchside monitor and then flashed the red card.

You can watch footage of the incident shot from inside Parkhead below:

In the build-up to the game, Postecoglou had urged his players to make sure they were taking up the correct positions in and around the box after several chances went begging against Livingston in midweek.

He said: "We just didn't have enough numbers in the box," Postecoglou said after the Livi win. "We know we're getting into those areas, we know the way the balls coming and you've have got to work hard to get in there and people just weren't working hard enough to get into those areas. 

"There are some really good opportunities that we missed to score goals. So that's something we need to keep working on."

All four of Celtic's goals against St Johnstone came within the penalty area, including three in the six-yard box.

Read Tony Haggerty's detailed Celtic ratings from the game here

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