CELTIC manager Ange Postecoglou has admitted he did not enjoy his side's game at St Johnstone this afternoon. 

The Hoops coasted by the Premiership basement boys in Perth as Liel Abada and Nir Bitton grabbed the goals in the 3-1 victory. 

It was the first game in Scotland to be played effectively behind closed doors - with just 500 St Johnstone fans inside McDiarmid Park for the match. 

It comes as new Scottish Government Covid restrictions came in to play today, which will limit crowd sizes such as those at football games to the miniscule number. 

The top flight's winter break has been brought forward to coincide with the three-week circuit breaker in a bid to play as few matches as possible without supporters.

And Postecoglou says today's game was a reminder of how grim football is without fans, as he admitted he didn't enjoy the game.

Speaking on the timing of the winter break, he told Sky: "The break's coming at the right time because I don't like playing in empty stadiums, mate.I don't know why people confuse the two.

"We didn't want to keep playing not because of any other reason than, if anyone enjoyed today's game in here, then I'm sorry but they understand a different football game than I do.

"I like supporters here. I don't care if they're all away supporters, that's what the game is about.

"I'm glad that we've stopped and there's no guarantee that people will be back in when we resume, but I hope they are. At least we give them a chance.

"I don't know why people want to dismiss the effect that supporters have on our game.

"I assume everyone wants to play in front of packed houses otherwise we may as well just play in our back yards."