Celtic thump Inverness to go 27 points clear

New Straits Times - - Sport -

GLAS­GOW: Celtic ex­tended their lead at the top of the Scot­tish Pre­mier­ship to 27 points as they eased to a 4-0 vic­tory at bot­tom of the table Inverness Cale­do­nian This­tle.

A su­perb strike from Scott Sin­clair fired Celtic in front just be­fore the break be­fore a hor­ren­dous mis­take from Inverness goal­keeper Owain Fon Wil­liams al­lowed in-form French striker Moussa Dem­bele to make it 2-0 just 11 seconds into the sec­ond half.

Stu­art Arm­strong then curled in a free­kick be­fore Dem­bele grabbed his 31st goal of a pro­lific sea­son to seal Celtic’s 22nd con­sec­u­tive vic­tory since Inverness be­came the only team to take points off the Glas­gow gi­ants this sea­son fol­low­ing a 2-2 draw back in Septem­ber.

Celtic man­ager

Bren­dan Rodgers hailed an out­stand­ing team per­for­mance from his side, who are now just seven points away from a sixth suc­ces­sive ti­tle.

“That’s how I want the team to play.

“We de­fended in pacts and hunted the ball, giv­ing very lit­tle space to op­po­nents to cre­ate any chances,” Rodgers

said.

“Then when we had the ball we played with charisma and flu­id­ity and were a threat on goal.”

Ri­vals Rangers re­duced the gap on sec­ond-placed Aberdeen, who lost 1-0 to Hamil­ton on Tues­day, to six points fol­low­ing their 3-2 win over St John­stone which ended a run of four games with­out vic­tory.

Else­where, Ross County de­feated Hearts 1-0 at Tynecas­tle that leaves Jam­bos’ boss Ian Cathro with just four wins in 15 matches.

Bren­dan Rodgers

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