Celtic secured a massively important three points to go 13 points clear at the top of the Premiership, as a 2-1 win at Pittodrie was secured in dramatic fashion.

Kristoffer Ajer was the hero with a fine finish in the closing stages. It came after a Callum McGregor opener was canceled out by Ash Taylor’s half-volley. With time running out, it was Ajer who popped up with a clinical finish.

Here, we take an honest look at the player ratings as several of our stars struggled to perform despite securing the points:

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Fraser Forster – 6

No chance with the goal, but didn’t look too sharp with a Funso Ojo drive in the first half. Very little to do so a solid enough rating for Fraser.

Nir Bitton – 6

Nir Bitton in action

Nir Bitton in action (Paul Ursachi/MB Media/Getty Images)

Nothing special but mopped up play well at times and won his fair share of aerial duels. Wasn’t the worst of the back three today in his first start in over a month.

Kristoffer Ajer – 6

The match-winner with a stunning finish. Got on the end of James Forrest’s through ball to slam Celtic into a 13-point advantage. Struggled with his decision-making outside of that and didn’t look comfortable in a back-three. Gets a 6 for his match-winning heroics.

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Christopher Jullien – 5

Not any better than Ajer today. Seriously struggled against the physical threat of Curtis Main. Once again, big Jullien seems to be struggling with any striker that has physicality about them. Passing wasn’t as ropey today bue he still gave away too many cheap fouls. Needs to be smarter when up against bulldozers.

James Forrest – 6

Tracked back well and did his job as a right wing-back. However, his most telling contribution came up the other end. Set up Ajer for the winner after a fine jinking run and through ball before setting up Odsonne Edouard with a sitter too. Struggled for large spells but ended up making a telling contribution.

 

Callum McGregor – 6

Gets a boost because of his goal. Showed great initiative to follow the attack and get on the end of a loose ball. Generally, McGregor was quiet and had little impact on things. Difficult to remember anything of note from Callum after the opener.

Scott Brown – 6

Ominous in the first half but tried desperately to get us going in the second. Sat in front of the defence and managed to minimise the threat of Lewis Ferguson in an attacking sense. Went on a few positive runs out from the back but nothing really came off.

Olivier Ntcham – 6

Olivier Ntcham

Olivier Ntcham (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Another who had his moments. Sent some intelligent balls out to the flanks and one in particular that came close to putting Leigh Griffiths in during the first 45. Influence faded as the game went on, but was a more positive contributor than most. Subbed as the second half wore on.

Greg Taylor – 3

So unfortunate for Taylor after coming off through injury midway through the first half. Looked tidy enough, but we can’t give him a higher rating than this given the short time he had on the pitch.

Leigh Griffiths – 4

Poor from Griff today when we expected so much more. Didn’t link-up with Odsonne Edouard well throughout the game but did play a key role for the opening goal when he bullied Scott McKenna to win possession. Subbed early in the second half.

Odsonne Edouard – 5

Crunched just about every time he got on the ball. Didn’t manage to get the better of McKenna and Ash Taylor today. A bit off with his hold-up play, but tried to put in a shift and get us up the pitch. Did well for the opener but missed a sitter at the death.

The Subs:

Jonny Hayes (5): Poor. Offered little. Missed a huge chance in the second half when he fired straight at Lewis when a cutback was on. Crossing was also way off this afternoon. Ryan Christie (5): Tried his hardest after coming on for the final half-hour, but struggled to create. Tom Rogic (3): On to provide a spark but was quiet.

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