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Wright wants bright start

St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright has challenged his players to make an improved start as they look to beat Celtic for a third season in a row.

Saints have won both home and away during Wright's time at McDiarmid Park but conceded early goals in both of the matches they have played against Celtic since he stepped up following the exit of Steve Lomas.

Both of those games ended in one-goal defeats and Wright knows they must start better on Saturday at Parkhead as Celtic bid to bounce back from their William Hill Scottish Cup loss to Aberdeen.

"We haven't beaten them this year obviously but in recent years we have experienced wins against them," Wright said.

"We know how difficult it is, it can never be underestimated how hard you have to work against them to achieve a victory.

"The most important thing is you need everybody to play almost on top of their game. You need to keep the ball, and we have players in the team who are capable of that.

"We know in the two games we played (this season) we can cause them some problems, although we didn't cause them enough problems.

"We will try to compete for 90 minutes. When we went to Celtic, we did really well for the last half-hour, and the second half at McDiarmid we played really well.

"But the two first-half performances, Celtic could have been out of sight.

"So we have to start the game well and make sure we are competing for 90 minutes."