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Celtic opened up a nine point lead at the top of the Premiership table with a 2-0 win against Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Sunday.

Brendan Rodgers made two changes from the side which lost 3-0 against Zenit on Thursday, with Scott Sinclair and Tom Rogic replacing Eboue Kouassi and Callum McGregor.

Perhaps surprisingly, the much criticised trio of Dorus de Vries, Mikael Lustig and Jozo Simunovic all kept their places in the side.

Moussa Dembele missed a great chance to give the Hoops the lead in the first-half, but he took too long getting his shot away and Freddie Woodman made the save, he also saved Tom Rogic’s follow-up effort.

The Hoops came even closer when an Olivier Ntcham came back off the post, and Dembele was off side from the rebound.

The Bhoys took the lead in the 37th minute, when a brilliant James Forrest cross was headed home by Dembele for his 10th goal of the season.

The second-half saw Lustig sent-off for a second bookable offence for a foul on Gary Mackay-Steven, before Kieran Tierney made it 2-0, smashing home a shot after a breakaway.

Aberdeen sub Sam Cosgrove was then sent-off for a terrible challenge on Scott Brown as the Hoops held on for the victory.

Here, Football Insider looks at three things we learned about Celtic in the win over Aberdeen

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