Saints men were con­cerned over pal’s head knock

Perthshire Advertiser - - HOUSE HOME - Matthew Gal­lagher

Liam Craig (right) and Joe Shaugh­nessy at­tempt to thwart Mikael Lustig from grab­bing a lev­eller Celtic ............................ 1 St John­stone ................. 1 Liam Craig was thrilled to leave Celtic Park with a point – but the well­be­ing of fel­low mid­fielder Mur­ray David­son was far more im­por­tant.

Con­cern sur­rounded the sta­dium in the first minute when the in­flu­en­tial No.8 lay on the turf af­ter suffering a nasty head knock.

Af­ter five min­utes of med­i­cal at­ten­tion, David­son was stretchered off the field in a neck brace as ap­plause filled the air.

Play would re­sume and Saints nudged into a shock first-half lead through Steven Ma­cLean be­fore Cal­lum McGre­gor was hauled off the bench to net a late lev­eller.

Craig, David­son’s re­place­ment, said: “We’re de­lighted with the point but first and fore­most, know­ing that Mur­ray is go­ing to be al­right is the main thing.

“When you see stuff like that hap­pen­ing the foot­ball doesn’t re­ally mat­ter. The good news is he was awake coming off the park.

“Af­ter that I thought the boys re­sponded well to a set­back be­cause we have worked all week on play­ing a sys­tem and shape. Mur­ray was a big part of that.

“To have an­other good sea­son, it’s go­ing to take the full team and squad to achieve that.

“I’ve been dis­ap­pointed not to have played as much foot­ball as I would have liked this sea­son. But I can’t have any com­plaints be­cause the boys had won three out of three in the league.

“It’s im­por­tant to stay fit and sharp, so I’m happy to get the as­sist and play well in the game too.”

While Celtic could boast a 52-game

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