Monday 27 March 2017

Sheridan on the double for St Johnstone

Kieran Daley

Cillian Sheridan netted his first goals of the season to earn St Johnstone an opening Scottish Premier League home win of the campaign, 2-0 over Hearts.

The Cavan man scored in each half to move St Johnstone level on 12 points with Hearts in the top six, with both teams sharing identical goal difference.

Sheridan twice latched on to passes from strike partner Francisco Sandaza to breach a one-dimensional Hearts defence and leave Paulo Sergio's men without an away win this season.

The link-up play between the two summer signings was in stark contrast to a blunt Hearts attack, Stephen Elliott receiving little meaningful support from Sergio's attacking midfielders.

Meanwhile, Ki Sung-yueng believes Celtic will have to rely on their home games if they are to progress out of their difficult Europa League group. The Hoops warmed up for the visit of Udinese on Thursday with a 2-0 win over Inverness at Parkhead on Saturday.

"Away games in the Europa League or Champions League are not easy so we should at least draw away games and win every home game, that is our target. But it's not going to be an easy game (against Udinese) because they are a good team."

Elsewhere, Maurice Edu has vowed to chip in with more goals, following his superb strike in Rangers' 4-0 win over Dunfermline on Saturday. The midfielder netted with an impressive long-range shot after fellow American Carlos Bocanegra had opened the scoring at East End Park, before Steven Naismith grabbed a double to ensure a comfortable victory.

Edu said: "As a midfielder, scoring some goals is definitely something I can add to my game, whether it be long-range shots or getting into the box."

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