Celtic picked up another crucial three points on the road this evening as they defeated St Johnstone 3-0.
It was a dreich night in Perth and while the first half was electric, it was a rather bleak second-half performance from Celtic.
From the off, the pitch proved to be extremely soft and slippery as Saints keeper Zander Clark spilled an Edouard shot from distance.
It only took five minutes for the Hoops pressure to pay off as a delightful Forrest cross found the head of Olivier Ntcham who darted it in to the back of the net.
McGregor and Griffiths had chances as the bhoys kept looking to double their lead and in the 10th minute they found it. A brilliant strike from James Forrest found the side netting.
Chances again fell to the feet of Griffiths and Edouard before the Scotsman finally got his deserved goal after a wonderful cross from Taylor.
Half-time saw the introduction of Moritz Bauer as Jozo Simunovic made way.
Celtic failed to find the same rhythm and dominance they had in the first half with a flat start to the second.
Leigh Griffiths made way for Mikey Johnston with 25 minutes left and Patryk Klimala got his first 10 minutes in the league under his belt as he came on for Edouard.
Celtic ended the match with 10 men as Johnston was forced off through injury with all substitutes being used.
Here’s how we rated the Celtic side.
FRASER FORSTER: 6
Nothing to do for the first 70 minutes of the match but pulled off a few great saves late on from Wotherspoon.
JOZO SIMUNOVIC: 5
Subbed at half-time and wasn’t involved much in the first.
CHRISTOPHER JULLIEN: 5
Quiet from the Frenchman.
Not a lot of defensive work needed and didn’t get forward much.
KRISTOFFER AJER: 6
Solid at the back and dealt with O’Halloran’s pace well.
Few good strides forward as well.
JAMES FORREST: 7
Took his goal really well with a tidy finish and another assist under his belt.
Quiet in the second half but a good return from Forrest.
SCOTT BROWN: 7
Controlled the midfield well and supported the defence when St Johnstone pressed.
OLIVIER NTCHAM: 7
A bullet header from the Frenchman to open the scoring.
Good in possession and had a solid performance.
CALLUM MCGREGOR: 6
Offered a few good runs going forward and was unlucky to see his strike glance wide in the first half.
GREG TAYLOR: 7
Another good performance from Taylor.
Great crosses in the first half and was solid enough at the back.
Should solidify his place against Hamilton.
LEIGH GRIFFITHS: 7
Had a lively first half and should’ve grabbed more.
Took his goal really well and can be happy with his performance.
Flat second half, but wasnt the only one.
ODSONNE EDOUARD: 6
Numerous good chances in the first half and was unlucky not to add to his impressive goal tally.
Faded away in the second half.
SUB: MORITZ BAUER 5
Brought on at half-time and done his job.
Caught out a few times with the Saints pace but contributed to the clean sheet.
SUB: MIKEY JOHNSTON 2
Really poor from Johnston.
Pulled up injured just as Edouard was being subbed and was asked to come off but decided to play on.
With no substitutes left, he pulled up injured again and was forced to go off, leaving his side with 10 men for the last few minutes of the match.
Neil Lennon was not a happy man.
SUB: PATRYK KLIMALA N/A
Had a golden opportunity to open his Celtic account late on but just missed by the skin of his teeth.