Tommy Wright hails “brilliant” Hoops


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St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright admitted Celtic were “brilliant” after his side suffered a 7-0 thrashing at the hands of the Scottish Premiership champions.

Neil Lennon’s side were ruthless on Saturday as they made light work of Saints at Parkhead to fly to their familiar place at the top of the Premiership table. While Wright was not happy with how his team performed in their opening league game of the season, the Saints manager was full of praise for how Lennon’s went about the match.

“There were two teams on the pitch – one was absolutely brilliant and the other was poor,” he told BBC Scotland. “We conceded early and did not have enough belief when we had the ball. “At least four of the goals are outside of the box with people not doing their jobs. This afternoon shows there is a huge gulf in class of the squads but it’s one we dust ourselves down from.”

Celtic are next in action in the Scottish Premiership – after a trip to Cluj in the Champions League on Wednesday – when they make the short trip to Motherwell. In their trip to Romania for their Champions League third round qualifying match at Cluj, Celtic are looking to secure an advantage before returning to Parkhead, against a side they have never previously met.

The Hoops are 1.29 to win, 8.70 to lose and 5.30 to draw against the Steelmen on August 10.

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