TOMMY WRIGHT reckons some of his players “froze” in the first-half three-goal onslaught from Celtic at McDiarmid Park last night.

St Johnstone was swept aside as the champions raced to a 3-0 lead by the 26th minute with goals from Olivier Ntcham, James Forrest and Leigh Griffiths.

That hoisted the Hoops’ tally to TEN in two Premiership outings against Wright’s side in this campaign following their 7-0 romp at Parkhead at the beginning of August.

Remarkably, the Glasgow giants have now claimed 30 goals without reply in their last nine games against the Perth outfit.

The Saints gaffer must have thought his side were heading for another humiliation, but they steadied the ship in the second-half and there was no further scoring.

CALM BEFORE THE STORM…Tommy Wright with Celtic boss Neil Lennon.

Wright, speaking to the Evening Times, admitted: “It wasn’t good in that first half-hour, we didn’t start well, were passive, didn’t put tackles in and didn’t win a header in our own box.

“It looked like some of them froze a little bit.

“It was poor stuff and at 3-0 you just hope to get to half-time and have a word with them.

“Having been beaten 7-0 by them this season they had to show character and they did, so that was the positive thing for us.

“After 30 minutes we would have taken 3-0, but that first half hour was poor.

“There is a gulf in class, but we all have to deal with it.

“And I have to give my players credit for the way they played in the last-hour of the game, though.”

UP IN ARMS…Saints keeper Zander Clark shows his displeasure at his defence following James Forrest’s strike.

Wright is hoping to bolster his squad further by the close of the transfer window at midnight tomorrow after giving new signing Jamie McCart his debut. The recruit from Inverness Caley Thistle came on at the interval to face the team where he kicked off his career.

The Saints chief added: “We have two offers in for players on loan and I think it will happen.

“We have worked hard this week, we brought Jamie in the other day.

“This window is mad, but I would imagine we will have at least one player in.”



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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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