Celtic once again climbed to the top of the Premiership table after a very comfortable 3-0 victory over Motherwell, thanks to first-half strikes from Anthony Ralston Scott Sinclair (from the penalty spot) and Mikey Johnson.
Celtic began the game with plenty of controlled possession but struggled to break down the organised Motherwell rearguard.
After 28 minutes the hosts found their rhythm with Odsonne Edouard playing in the marauding Ralston who kept his cool to slot the ball under Mark Gillespie.
Minutes later, James Forrest, in a similar position was hacked down by Charles Dunne with the referee pointing to the spot. Sinclair stepped up and slammed the ball into the bottom corner to double the lead.
After Brendan Rodgers saw his only remaining striker, Edouard, hobble off the pitch with a groin problem, Johnston made the most of his chance up front. After some nice build-up play, the 19-year-old looked to have been crowded out as he shifted the ball onto his right foot but somehow managed to unleash a shot that flew high into the net from outside the box.
The second half was a bit of a non-event with Celtic taking their foot off the gas and strolling to all three points.
The Steelmen offered very little going forward with Connor Sammon seemingly finding himself offside every time they pressed up the pitch.
Here’s how we rated the Celtic players after the win.
Craig Gordon: 6
A very quiet evening for Gordon with virtually no saves to make.
Anthony Ralston: 8
A superb return to the side for the youngest, who provided a real attacking threat from right back, something this team has been crying out for.
Slotted away his goal with great confidence and defended well enough when required.
Jozo Simunovic: 6
Was pretty comfortable throughout as he didn’t come under much pressure.
Filip Benkovic: 7
Another solid performance from the Croat who won pretty much everything that came his way.
Made a couple of great incisive passes to set up attacks from deep.
Emilio Izaguirre: 6
Decent performance from Izaguirre at left back. He covered the pitch well up and down the flank.
Scott Brown: 7
Controlled the game on his 500th appearance for the Celtic. Kept his passing quick and drove forward when the space opened up.
Callum McGregor: 7
Dropped back into the deep midfield role alongside Brown and saw a lot of the ball. Made some great forward passes and never seemed to lose possession.
Olivier Ntcham: 6
A much better display from Ntcham compared to his weekend exploits.
Probably will feel unlucky not to have got on the scoresheet with a couple of long range efforts testing the goalkeeper and a strike going inches wide in the first half.
James Forrest: 6
Won the penalty with some quick trickery and took on his man all night long whilst linking well with Ralston down the right hand side.
Scott Sinclair: 6
Slotted away his penalty very well into the bottom corner giving Gillespie no chance.
Could have taken his defender in one-on-one situations inside of cutting back infield where the play was more crowded.
Odsonne Edouard: 5
Slid a perfectly weighted pass inside the full-back for Ralston’s goal but otherwise couldn’t quite link the play with his teammates.
Hobbled off during the first half to be replaced by Mikey Johnson.
(Sub) Mikey Johnston: 8
Made a terrific impact off the bench to grab his first competitive goal for the club. His right foot shot kissed the bar on its way in for Celtic’s third.
Led the line well enough and always had the confidence to take the ball and run into space.
(Sub) Lewis Morgan: 6
Replaced Sinclair in the second period and interchanged well with Johnston up front.
Whipped a great ball across goal that just evaded Forrest in Celtic’s best move of the half.