Celtic slumps to 2-1 SPL loss to St Johnstone

Associated Press Modified: September 15, 2012 at 1:18 pm •  Published: September 15, 2012

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Celtic slumped to a surprise 2-1 loss to lowly St. Johnstone in the Scottish Premier League on Saturday, plunging the defending champions to fifth place in the standings to continue their below-par start to the season.

Rowan Vine grabbed the 80th-minute winner for the hosts, who started the day bottom of the standings with just two points from their opening five games.

Celtic, the runaway champions last season, has now dropped points in three of their five matches in the new campaign and is now four points behind leader Motherwell, which beat Dundee 2-1.

Hibernian is second, a point further back, after a 2-1 victory over Kilmarnock.

Celtic went in front through Kris Commons after four minutes but Gregory Tade equalized in the 18th for St. Johnstone, which is now third from bottom.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon said his players had lost their focus ahead of the team's return to the Champions League next week, when it plays Benfica.

"I think some players are not concentrating on what they should be doing and thinking about the Champions League," Lennon said. "Some players never turned up. They need to buck up their ideas."

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