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Inverness CT 0 - Celtic 4

By Ronnie Esplin

Manager Brendan Rodgers described Celtic's 4-0 thumping of Inverness in the Ladbrokes Premiership at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium as the "complete performance".

The only two points the runaway league leaders had dropped in the previous 26 league games was in the 2-2 draw against the Highlanders at the same venue last September.

But there was to be no repeat as attacker Scott Sinclair fired the Hoops into the lead just before the break.

A botched clearance from keeper Owain Fon Williams just seconds into the second half allowed in-form striker Moussa Dembele to effectively seal the points with an easy goal.

Midfielder Stuart Armstrong added a third with an impressive free-kick from 25 yards before Dembele scored his 11th goal in five games with his 31st of the season to take the champions 27 points clear of Aberdeen.

Ulsterman Rodgers said: "It was a really complete performance.

"I think when I came in here in the summer, if I was to think of a performance that would reflect how we wanted to work and play, this was it.

"That was a demonstration of what we've been working towards. Defensively very strong and aggressive, denying them space, giving them no opportunity to play.

"With the ball, playing with charisma, mobility, penetration and looking a real threat.

"I take my hat off to the players, a brilliant performance on the back of Inverness getting a good couple of results."

Reflecting back on the draw against Inverness earlier in the season, the Hoops boss said: "I said back then the team would get better.

"Even though we played well in that game, there was no level of control like that.

"It shows the team are moving in the direction I want in terms of attacking philosophy," Rodgers added.

INVERNESS: Fon Williams, Brad McKay, Laing, Warren, Raven, Draper, Tansey, King, Cole (Vigurs, 64 mins), Polworth, Billy McKay (Anier, 81 mins). Unused subs:

McNaughton, Ebbe, Fisher, Boden, Hoban.

Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Boyata, Sviatchenko, Tierney, Brown (Henderson, 78 mins), Bitton, Mackay-Steven (McGregor, 69 mins), Armstrong, Sinclair, Dembele. Unused subs: Toure, Izaguirre, Griffiths, Gamboa, De Vries.

Referee: Andrew Dallas

Man of the match: Moussa Dembele

Match rating: 7/10

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