Celtic stretched their lead at the top of the Premiership with a convincing win over a dreary Livingston side who would get football stopped.
Celtic hadn’t scored in the last three encounters with Gary Holt’s side, with the last meeting between the side’s resulting in the Hoops’ only league defeat of the season.
Odsonne Edouard opened the scoring when he raced through on goal after Tom Rogic’s perfectly weighted ball.
Any time the French youngster finds himself one on one, you expect him to score and that’s exactly what happened when he drew the keeper before deftly chipping Celtic into the lead.
Scott Brown has been at the centre of some debate as to whether he should be included in Scotland’s set up for the Euro play-offs.
The general consensus seems to be no, if radio pundits are to be listened to. Comebacks from players aren’t a new thing and if Brown were to rule it out, the narrative would no doubt be around how he ‘snubbed’ his country in their time of need.
All that requires to be said is that Scotland must be pretty confident of ending 22 years without qualification to a major tournament if they can turn their nose up at a born winner like Brown.
The captain again led by example in the 57th minute, collecting a pass 20 yards out and letting fly to double the lead, with the aid of a deflection.
Celtic have benefitted from Brown’s decision to concentrate on club football and most fans will be happy enough if that continues.
With the old warhorse making his mark on the game, a new Celtic hero was desperate to join him on the scoresheet.
The impressive Jeremie Frimpong bombed forward onto an incisive Edouard through ball.
The youngster, who picked up yet another man of the match award after his latest eye-catching performance, bore down on goal before unleashing a ferocious shot from close range.
His effort was saved with the ball flying high into the Glasgow night. It seemed to take an eternity to drop, but when it did, James Forrest caught it sweetly on the volley to make it 3-0.
It was Forrest who would finish the scoring in added time, with Christie not content to see out the game. He harried the Livi defence into conceding possession before playing in the wide man with a deft pass.
Peter Grant had said in a bizarre interview that Forrest couldn’t produce the goods two games in a row. This despite being one of Celtic’s best and most consistent performers over three and a half seasons.
We can only imagine how good the winger would be if he reached Grant’s high standards. None of which seemed to be playing on his mind as he sent the keeper the wrong way to wrap up things in style
It was a game that Celtic could have won by even more and at some point this season, you wouldn’t be surprised if the Hoops hit double figures against someone.
With the mercurial Rogic starting, Griffiths making a welcome return from the bench and Taylor impressing after replacing the injured Hayes, the good news keeps coming for Celtic ahead of a hectic schedule until the turn of the year.