Celtic moved five points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership with an emphatic 4-0 victory against Rangers in the season’s first Old Firm derby.
Ange Postecoglou’s side were dealt an early blow when Kyogo was forced off clutching his shoulder after a challenge with John Lundstram.
However, they soon opened the scoring inside seven minutes from a quick throw-in. Matt O’Riley centred from the left-hand side as Liel Abada raced across the penalty box from the opposite side to fire a left-footed effort beyond Jon McLaughlin.
The Hoops could have doubled their advantage minutes later when substitute Giorgos Giakoumakis glanced a header inches wide from another O’Riley cross, from the opposite side on this occasion.
Rangers began to settle after a frenetic opening period, going close when Borna Barisic whipped a wicked delivery into the penalty area towards Antonio Colak. The Croatian could only steer his header wide.
Lundstram fired over from the edge of the area minutes later, but the Hoops dealt their rivals a serious blow when Jota doubled their lead on the half-hour mark. O’Riley slid a lovely pass through the Rangers defence after Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men had switched off from a quick free-kick before the Portuguese winger raced onto the ball and dinked a gorgeous finish over the onrushing McLaughlin.
It was deja vu from February’s 3-0 derby success for Celtic. Once again the Hoops cut their rivals open down the left-hand side as Greg Taylor flashed a cross into the penalty area. Rangers failed to clear the danger before Abada, unmarked at the back post, rifled his effort through the legs of McLaughlin.
Celtic continued to pour forward in search of a fourth goal after the interval, with O’Riley firing an effort at goal that was blocked en route to goal.
Van Bronckhorst sent for Alfredo Morelos before the hour-mark and the Colombian threatened at goal on a few occasions. After getting in a mix-up with Scott Wright from a cross, the forward later sent a shot wide from a tight angle after being sent through on goal.
Things went from bad to worse for the away side as Celtic were gifted their fourth goal of the game. Attempting to play out from the back, McLaughlin passed the ball straight to substitute David Turnbull who rolled the ball into the bottom corner.