Date: 2nd March 2017 at 2:40pm
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COMMENT By Harvey Byrne

Celtic ran out an emphatic 4-0 victory over Inverness on Wednesday night, ensuring their unbeaten league run continues.

Scott Sinclair opened the scoring just before half time and that seemed to open the floodgates with Moussa Dembele bagging twice alongside a sweet Stuart Armstrong free-kick in the second half.

The Hoops have now moved 27 points clear at the top of the league, but it will have certainly been a night some players will have wanted to have forgot.

Here, Football Insider analyses the three worst players from the victory.

Gary Mackay-Steven

The 26-year-old attacker seemed to struggle on the right and the majority of Celtic’s forward moves showed this as they often favoured Scott Sinclair’s left hand side. The Scotland international has hardly featured under Brendan Rodgers and his performance in midweek will certainly not have done anything to elevate his status in the squad. With two years still left on his current contract the winger will have to start improving soon or his time in Glasgow could be nearing a premature end.

Nir Bitton

Bitton is known more for his defensive capabilities than his attacking talents and the match against Inverness simply was not one suited for the Israel international. Celtic were on the front foot throughout the match and the 25-year-old midfielder simply failed to help with his team’s attacks. Given the strength of the Hoops over everyone else in the Premiership Bitton may have to be reserved for European matches in the future, but then there are certainly better defensive midfielders out there who the Glaswegian giants can attract.

Mikael Lustig

With Mackay-Steven struggling further up the pitch on the right, it may have been the ideal match for the Sweden international to make some surging forward runs and thus helping out his teammate. However, the 30-year-old simply focused on his defensive duties and while he did that well, there was an opportunity for him in the final third given Iverness’ defensive frailties. Celtic’s next league game will see them take on fierce rivals Rangers a week on Sunday and it is a must that Lustig gives a good display up and down the pitch in the Old Firm derby.

In other Celtic news, Pat Bonner also had his say on Mackay-Steven’s display.

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