CELTIC EX­TEND UN­BEATEN RECORD

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Celtic went one bet­ter than the Lis­bon Lions with a con­vinc­ing 4-0 Premier­ship win over Hearts at Celtic Park yes­ter­day. Mid­fielder Cal­lum McGre­gor, who only started be­cause Stu­art Arm­strong pulled up in­jured in the warm-up, opened the scor­ing with a well-taken goal on the half-hour mark. Pa­trick Roberts scored in be­tween a Scott Sin­clair dou­ble – the sec­ond from the spot in the dy­ing min­utes – as Bren­dan Rodgers’ side ex­tended their un­beaten do­mes­tic run since the start of the sea­son to 27 games, one more than Jock Stein’s all-conquering side of 1966/67. That Celtic cruised to vic­tory with­out recog­nised strik­ers Moussa Dem­bele and Leigh Grif­fiths, out with re­spec­tive knee and calf in­juries, and Arm­strong, is tes­ta­ment to Celtic’s power in Scot­land and the 17th con­sec­u­tive league vic­tory re­stored their 22-point lead at the top of the ta­ble over Old Firm ri­vals Rangers. Rodgers ini­tially made only one change to his side, Roberts re­plac­ing Dem­bele with winger Sin­clair lead­ing the line but Arm­strong’s in­jury meant McGre­gor was brought in with left-back Emilio Iza­guirre join­ing the sub­sti­tutes. Stoke City’s 21-year-old winger Moha El Ouri­achi Choulay, signed on loan un­til the end of the sea­son on Satur­day, started on Hearts bench as did fel­low new boy Dy­lan Nguene Bikey.

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