Celtic opened their league defence with a comfortable 7-0 win over St Johnstone at Celtic Park. The Hoops dominated the game from start to finish.

The biggest talking point of the game will be the performance of Ryan Christie, who scored a hat-trick. He has now scored six for the season. The other goals came from Mikey Johnston, Olivier Ntcham, Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths as the Hoops began their title campaign in great style.

Here we look at three things we learned in Celtic’s victory:

 

Midfielder continues his incredible start to the season

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There is no doubt that in the early stages of the season, Ryan Christie has been the star man for Celtic. His first hat-trick for the club came against the Saints. One of the goals came from a goalkeeping error. However, the first and third of his hat-tricks were spectacular strikes. Neil Lennon did the right thing in taking the player off not long after scoring his third goal. He will be a huge player for the Hoops against Cluj in Romania on Wednesday night.

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Tricky winger more than merits has first-team place

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Mikey Johnston is another Celtic player who has started the season in excellent form. He fully deserves to be keeping Scott Sinclair out of the side. Johnston opened the scoring against St Johnstone after some superb trickery and skill. He was also taken off in the second-half, just like Christie. That looks to be an indication that he will start against Cluj. The player more than merits his place in the side.

Has midfielder played his way into a start?

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Olivier Ntcham returned to the Celtic team in midweek, and performed well in the second leg against Nomme Kalju. He came on as a substitute in the second-half against St Johnstone and once again performed well. He scored Celtic’s fifth goal with practically his first touch of the game. Have his recent performances led him to a start against Cluj on Wednesday? They might well have, as he looks to be getting back to his best.

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