Celtic cruise back to top
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Swedish hit-man Henrik Larsson was once again the toast of Bhoys fans as he bagged a hat-trick, and further goals from Shaun Maloney and Alan Thompson sealed an emphatic triumph.
Thompson had missed an early penalty, but Larsson ensured it was not to prove costly by firing the hosts ahead on 25 minutes.
Maloney then extended the advantage seven minutes before the interval when he headed home, and the game was effectively over as a contest on 54 minutes when Larsson notched his second.
The Swede wrapped up his hat-trick with 14 minutes remaining, and though Derek Lilley netted a consolation, former Villa star Thompson atoned for his early gaff by hammering home a free-kick in stoppage time.
Aberdeen are still looking for their first win of the season after Hibernian fought back to earn a 1-1 draw at Easter Road.
The visitors moved ahead after just six minutes when Russell Anderson headed in a Steve Tosh corner.
Hibs deservedly grabbed an equaliser midway through the second half however, as Scott Brown fired in from 15 yards to ensure honours ended even.
Partick also claimed a share of the spoils from their trip to Motherwell.
Terry Butcher's troops edged ahead after just eight minutes when highly-rated James McFadden curled home an excellent striker from 20 yards.
Gerry Britton equalised for Thistle after 25 minutes, but McFadden's second midway through the second half restored the hosts' advantage even though Stephen Pearson had earlier seen red.
However, Stuart Taylor pounced with eight minutes left on the clock to tie matters up, and there was still time for David Lilley to also receive his marching orders for Thistle.