Date: 5th February 2017 at 2:26pm
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By Matt Farr

Football Insider rates the Celtic players during their 5-2 victory over St. Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.

Craig Gordon 6 – Two lazy clearances had alarm bells ringing. Good save to deny Foster in first-half.

Kieran Tierney 6 – Likes to attack, but kept quiet on the left by Foster in the first-half. Broke the shackles in the second.

Mikael Lustig 6 – Slightly better defensively than he was on the ball. Squandered possession on more than one occasion, but didn’t matter in the end.

Erik Sviatchenko 6 – Not challenged too much from open-play, but was kept busy nonetheless.

Dedryck Boyata 5 – Calamitous own goal. Perhaps not the best indication of his performance, but it wasn’t perfect.

Scott Brown 6 – Top-class distribution. Strong and assertive. No-one wanted to go near him.

Nir Bitton 6 – Not as influential as his midfield partners, but played okay.

Liam Henderson 8 – Rare start for the 20-year-old midfielder. Smart finish, calm and composed. Always in the right areas.

Scott Sinclair 7- Blistering pace on the counter. Caused a number of problems. Excellent finish for fourth goal.

Gary Mackay-Steven 4 – The midfielder had a shocker. Several opportunities to score but didn’t make his mark. A poor display.

Patrick Roberts 7 – Energetic. A stern test for opposition stopper Clark. A superb assist for Sinclair.

Subs:

Moussa Dembele 10 (for Mackay-Steven 59) – Had the desired impact. Came on with his side behind and netted a brilliant hat-trick

Callum McGregor 6 (for Henderson 72) – A decent impact off the bench.

Nadir Ciftci 6 (for Roberts 87) – Little time to influence the game, but nice to get a rare run-out.

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