Celtic cruised to a 3-0 win over St Johnstone on Wednesday night to stay five points clear at the top of the league.

A three-goal first-half salvo put the Hoops on easy street, with goals from Olivier Ntcham, James Forrest and Leigh Griffiths.

The Hoops were unable to add any more goals to their tally, but the game was over by half-time.

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Here are three things we learned as Celtic won their third league game in a row after the winter break:

Formation brings best out in duo

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic’s 3-5-2 formation that was deployed against St Johnstone certainly gives Neil Lennon’s side plenty of attacking options.

The formation brought out the best in the strike duo of Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths. The pair were particularly good in the first-half. Their intricate passing helped set up James Forrest to cross the ball into the box which was headed home in style by Olivier Ntcham.

Griffiths was eventually taken off in the second-half, but the duo showed in flashes that they should start up-front again when the Hoops play Hamilton on Sunday.

 

Defensive experiment should not be repeated

Neil Lennon and Scott Brown

Neil Lennon and Scott Brown (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Celtic captain Scott Brown spent a period of the second-half at centre-back, after Jozo Simunovic was taken off and replaced by Moritz Bauer.

However, the move didn’t really work, as Brown never looked comfortable in the centre-back role. There was no harm in experimenting though, as the Hoops were comfortably ahead in the game, and never in any stage looked in any danger of dropping points.

Maybe the Hoops boss was only experimenting, but still, it is not something that he should think about doing again, unless Celtic are comfortably ahead in a game.

Time for defender to be given a run of games

Taylor playing against Rennes

Taylor playing against Rennes (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Greg Taylor started at left-back for Celtic, and was excellent. He put in a host of dangerous crosses throughout the game.

He set up Leigh Griffiths for the Hoops’ third goal, and even in the dying moments of the game his crosses were still causing havoc, as one was almost turned home by Patryk Klimala.

Taylor now deserves a run of games at left-back, he has shown against St Johnstone that he is more than good enough to be a first pick for Celtic. That will be down to the manager though, but Taylor has surely given himself a good chance to be given a few starts in a row.

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