PAULO BERNARDO and Kyogo Furuhashi were Celtic’s rocket men as they continued their pursuit of their twelfth title in 13 years.
The on-loan Benfica midfielder and the prolIfic Japanese hitman were the Hoops striking heroes as they shot down Philippe Clement’s Ibrox outfit in front of a rocking 60,000 capacity Parkhead yesterday as the champions stretched their advantage at the Premiership pinnacle to eight points.
Bernardo got the show on the road with an explosive first-time drive that hurtled beyond the helpless Jack Butland in the 25th minute.
The Portuguese ace’s timing was perfection as he sized up the situation in a heartbeat after Abdallah Sima had headed away a right-wing corner-kick from Luis Palma.
NET PROPHETS…Paulo Bernardo congratulates Kyogo Furuhashi after his stunning strike to make it 2-0 for Celtic. Matt O’Riley is about to join in the celebrations as skipper Callum McGregor looks on.
The ball dropped to the right foot of Bernardo, who had come close twice earlier in the contest, and this time he wasted no time in summoning up all the power in his frame into one crucial moment of impact and the ball was a blur as it sizzled straight and true towards its destination.
If the Celtic fans thought that was breathtaking, they were treated to another special strike from Kyogo shortly after the interval that was even acclaimed as being “world class” by rival manager Clement.
The pacy striker accepted a pass from Matt O’Riley, swivelled and took the ball to his so-called weaker left foot and then simply crashed a 25-yard howitzer over the keeper’s left shoulder high into the net.
Once again, Brendan Rodgers’ men are top of the hit parade and those two glorious goals are well worth a second look courtesy of the good folk at Celtic TV Unique Angle.