Celtic moved ten points clear at the top of the Premiership on a momentous evening in Scotland.

Goals from Olivier Ntcham, Christopher Jullien, Callum McGregor, Ryan Christie and Jozo Simunovic did the damage in an emphatic 5-0 win over Hearts.

Here’s how we rated the players.

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Fraser Forster – 6

The Englishman was a little sloppy in possession during the first-half and had to be alert as Hearts grew into the game. But Forster will be delighted to have another clean sheet next to his name.

Jozo Simunovic – 6

The big defender is by far the least comfortable of our back three in possession. However, he made up for some lapse passages of play with an emphatic header from another terrific corner.

Christopher Jullien – 7

Jullien had one of his more lax games – in terms of possession at least. But he more than made up for it with another big goal at a big time in the game. Jullien now has three in eight in 2020, to add to some big strikes in the first-half of the season.

 

Kristoffer Ajer – 7

Whisper it, but Ajer is slowly getting back to his assured best. He seems to love playing on the left of the back three as he can add weight to attacks with his surging runs. Another assured performance from the Norwegian.

Kristoffer Ajer

Kristoffer Ajer (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Greg Taylor – 8

This feels like a coming of age performance for the former Killie man. Taylor started off a little nervously truth be told, but he soon found his feet and was a great outlet down the left hand side. Hopefully he can build on this and make the position his own. Fans may soon forget another Scottish left-back if he does.

Scott Brown – 5

Our skipper was actually not quite at his usual level despite the healthy win. Brown was a little slack in possession at times, especially in the first-half, and he’ll hope to get back to his very best soon. Was unfortunate not to score shortly after our second goal.

Callum McGregor – 6

McGregor was good again as he notched for the second Wednesday in a row, and the fourth time already this year. The Scotland international has much more freedom in the 3-5-2 we’re currently playing and it’s showing in his displays.

James Forrest – 6

Was unfortunate not to net an absolute screamer in the second-half while he was always a good outlet on the right. However, you feel there’s still a little more to come for Forrest. If he can find that extra level in the next few weeks we’ll be laughing.

Olivier Ntcham – 7

Ntcham has arguably been our best performer in recent weeks and you could see the confidence brimming in his every move against the Jambos. His close control has never been in question but his passing has gone on another level, as has his desire. It’s hard to see him sitting on the bench anytime soon.

Olivier Ntcham

Olivier Ntcham (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Leigh Griffiths – 7

Celtic’s number nine was excellent once again as his relationship with Odsonne Edouard continues to blossom. Griffiths was unfortunate not to net at any point – and nearly scored a screamer early on – but it was another really good display.

Odsonne Edouard – 7

Our prolific frontman had another fine game although it was a surprise that he didn’t manage to get on the scoresheet. He went close with a late free-kick and had some great interplay with his strike partner.

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