SPL wrap: Celtic goalkeeper Forster closes in on another record

SPL wrap: Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster closes in on another record. Graham Barr reports

By Graham Barr

Forster closes in on another record

Fraser Forster equalled former Aberdeen goalkeeper Bobby Clark’s record of 12 league shut-outs in a row as Celtic eased past St Johnstone 3-0 in Glasgow on Sunday. On a day where Leigh Griffiths made his first start for the club, Anthony Stokes was the man taking the spotlight with a hat-trick. Forster will be hoping his excellent form is enough to secure his place in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad travelling to Brazil this summer. Celtic are now 21 points clear of second-placed Aberdeen having gone 25 league games unbeaten.

Aberdeen and Motherwell maintain good form

Second and third in the Scottish Premiership both won on Saturday to stay within a point of each other. In the early kick-off, Aberdeen scraped past a tough St Mirren side 1-0 in Paisley courtesy of an Adam Rooney penalty late in the second half. The game was a poor one and St Mirren failed to muster a shot on target in a game that Aberdeen probably deserved to win. Later in the day, Motherwell edged a seven goal thriller against second bottom Partick Thistle. Two goals in the last five minutes from John Sutton and Stephen McManus helped Motherwell steal three points in what was a thrilling game. Partick had the lead twice in the game but once again dropped points from a winning position while Stuart McCall’s side are now one point behind Aberdeen with a game in hand.

Teams at the bottom all slip up

The battle to avoid the relegation play-off place remains as it was before the weekend’s fixtures with all four teams involved losing. As well as the defeats for St Mirren and Partick Thistle, there were also losses for Ross County and Kilmarnock. County were edged out 2-1 by Terry Butcher’s Hibernian and Kilmarnock lost 3-2 in an exciting game against Dundee United. Those results mean that Partick remain in the play-off spot, behind Ross County on goal difference. Slightly further up the table, St Mirren sit two points better off and Kilmarnock four. With only twelve games to go, every point is crucial as these four teams desperately try to avoid the lottery of the play-offs.

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