Steven MacLean thought he was offside prior to goal against Celtic

St Johnstone's Steven MacLean celebrates his goal against Celtic. Picture: SNS
St Johnstone's Steven MacLean celebrates his goal against Celtic. Picture: SNS
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St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright has revealed that goalscorer Steven MacLean was certain he was offside when he put the ball in the back of the Celtic net.

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Replays later showed the veteran striker had been played onside by Celtic full-back Anthony Ralston, allowing St Johnstone to take a 1-0 lead.

MacLean, like his manager, wasn’t fully aware of Ralston’s positioning and only put the ball in the back of the net to ‘mess about’.

Wright said: “Steven being as honest as he is, said he was only messing about when he put it in.

“He thought he was offside, I did, but it was the right decision because Ralston I think is right on the touchline.

“So just as well he scored.”

Celtic fought back to claim a point thanks to a Callum McGregor goal ten minutes from time.

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