After a shaky opening few minutes when Hibernian threatened to swamp Celtic, the champions took control and recorded their third and best win at Easter Road since a similar result nine years ago. Aaron Mooy scored his first goal for Celtic, shortly before adding a second from the penalty spot, but his overall performance was deserving of the Man of the Match award.
With Josip Juranovic due to return to right back on Monday, Ange Postecoglou has a decision to make in central mid. Callum McGregor will start, but Mooy, Reo Hatate and Matt O’Riley will compete for the other two slots. Mooy is normally stand-in, but he has made a case to start.
Daizen Maeda seems to have gained confidence in Qatar. His return to domestic action has seen a lift in effectiveness. The game was determined last night by two first half runs he made. We were surprised when he was taken to the World Cup to play striker, with Kyogo left in Glasgow. Having watched how important pressing is to Japan, their squad selection looks right.
Make no mistake, our rivals were hoping to see a chink in Celtic’s armour last night. 9 points is a commanding lead, one that can suffer a defeat and remain commanding. Instead, the champions looked every inch that status.