Former enemies of the company Celtic have two games in hand, but the huge win now gives Gerrard’s side a healthy advantage in goal difference, with a total of 13 better than the Hoops.
Earlier on Sunday, Mohamed Elyounoussi responded to distress signals from Neil Lennon’s squad this week with a hat-trick in a 4-1 win over Motherwell at Fir Park.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon had found himself under pressure and his players heavily criticized after the painful 4-1 Europa League loss to Sparta Prague at Parkhead on Thursday night left them with a victory in their last six matches in all competitions.
However, Hoops forward Elyounoussi, who made headlines when spotted on his phone after being substituted against the Czech club, put Celtic in charge with a brace in the first half.
Well defender Declan Gallagher cut the deficit in the 72nd minute with a nice header but Elyounoussi sealed his hat trick three minutes later with an equally impressive header before late second-half substitute Olivier Ntcham struck. in fourth at the end.
Lennon had vowed to make changes after Sparta’s reprehensible defeat and defender under fire Shane Duffy – Brighton’s summer recruit on loan – was replaced by fit Kristoffer Ajer, while Albian Ajeti took over to French striker Odsonne Edouard who also fell at Le banc.