Celtic 5-0 St Johnstone: Scott Sinclair scores treble as holders reach quarters

Celtic 5-0 St Johnstone: Scott Sinclair scores treble as holders reach quarters


Scott Sinclair’s first two goals were set up by Oliver Burke

Scott Sinclair scored a hat trick and Scott Brown netted his first goal in two years as holders Celtic eased past St Johnstone and into the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup.

It the third meeting of the Premiership sides in 10 days, Brendan Rodgers’ men were two up inside nine minutes thanks to Sinclair and Brown’s stunner.

James Forrest, then Sinclair, scored within two minutes of each other just after the break. And Sinclair completed his hat-trick when he latched on to a deflection in the St Johnstone box.

Celtic have now won 24 consecutive domestic cup games under Rodgers as they aim for an unprecedented ‘treble-treble’.

This season, in six cup ties, they have scored 16 and conceded just once.

The two previous meetings with St Johnstone had been hard-fought 2-0 wins, but this time the Perth side offered little, apart from a Chris Kane effort that Scott Bain saved.

Tommy Wright’s side struggled to deal with Oliver Burke, who burst into space and crossed for each of Sinclair’s first two goals.

Minutes later, Brown lashed high into the net on the eve of the two-year anniversary of his last goal in a 6-0 romp over Inverness CT in the same competition.

And Forrest made no mistake from a slight angle after Jonny Hayes’ marauding run.

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via BBC Sport – Football https://bbc.in/OHg7x6

February 10, 2019 at 07:39AM


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