Jonny Hayes scored his first goal for Celtic against his former club Aberdeen as the six-in-a-row champions moved eight points clear before Christmas.

Chances were few and far between in the opening 45 minutes for both sides but Brendan Rodgers’ side showed their class and overpowered their closest rivals in the second-half.

On 27 minutes Greg Stewart had the Dons’ first attempt on goal for the away side that was palmed away comfortably by Craig Gordon.

Mikael Lustig gave Celtic the lead on 39 minutes after a huge deflection saw the ball cannon off Dominic Ball leaving Joe Lewis stranded as the ball trickled into the net.

Hayes scored his first goal for Celtic on 67 minutes to double their lead after diverting Sinclair’s cross into the net after the Dons defence failed to clear their lines.

With just over 15 minutes remaining Olivier Ntcham snatched onto a underhit back pass and rounded the ‘keeper before cooly dispatching the ball into the net.

Here are the player ratings from today’s game.

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