Celtic are five points clear at the top of the league following a 3-0 win over Ross County. The Hoops might have not been at their best but still managed to get the win thanks to a Callum McGregor penalty, and two goals from substitute Odsonne Edouard.

Here are three things we learned from Celtic’s display:

Attacker picks up where he left up

James Forrest almost scores against Ross County

James Forrest almost scores against Ross County (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

James Forrest might not have had the very best of seasons for Celtic, and he was poor in the Glasgow derby against Rangers last month.

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One thing you can’t argue with though is the number of assists he has. He now has 14 for the season after his pass set up Odsonne Edouard for Celtic’s third goal. He has also unlucky not to score with a header which was well-saved.

It was a good performance in his return from injury though, and look for him to add to his assist tally as the season goes on.

Defensive issues a concern

Celtic's Jonny Hayes

Celtic’s Jonny Hayes (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Celtic’s defence looked all over the place at times in the first-half, as Ross County squandered a few good chances. Perhaps that was always going to happen as the Hoops were playing a makeshift back four.

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However, that is no real excuse, and Neil Lennon must be hoping that injuries clear up soon that later so Celtic can look more secure.

Perhaps it was too much for Jozo Simunovic to play three games in a week, and Jonny Hayes also struggled. It might make sense to rest those two for the midweek trip to St Johnstone.

No doubt who is the number one striker

Odsonne Edouard scores his first goal against Ross County

Odsonne Edouard scores his first goal against Ross County (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Leigh Griffiths has been in the headlines a lot this week, but after this game all the headlines will be about Odsonne Edouard, who came on in the second-half to replace Griffiths, and scored two goals in under 10 minutes to win the game for the Hoops.

Edouard’s importance to the Celtic team becomes more by the week, and the Hoops’ chances of making it nine in a row might well depend on his fitness between now and the end of the season.

 

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