Celtic travelled to Tannadice this afternoon to lock horns with Dundee United. A win would have restored their two-point cushion at the top of the Premiership standings and the Hoops did so in style by ripping apart the struggling Tangerines. Both Kyogo Furuhashi and Liel Abada grabbed hat-tricks as the champions of Scotland equalled their record of a 9-0 victory.
Below are the Celtic players rated in their emphatic win against Dundee United.
Joe Hart: 7.5
Made a couple of decent saves en route to securing yet another clean sheet. The veteran custodian injured himself in the process early into the contest.
Josip Juranovic: 8.5
Kept on causing problems from the right-hand flank with relentless runs, crosses and link-up play high up the pitch. Scored the Celts’ sixth with a strike from outside the box following O’Riley’s free-kick that came off the wall.
Cameron Carter-Vickers: 7.5
Lost a few aerial duels, but the USMNT centre-half showed his expertise in terms of playing the ball out from the back. Made some key interceptions and recoveries during the game.
Carl Starfelt: 8.5
Committed a number of tactical fouls as the Swedish centre-back showed his class and composure in deep defence alongside Carter-Vickers. Wrapped it up with a header to make it 9-0 from David Turnbull’s corner.
Greg Taylor: 7
Could have been more effective and accurate with his overlapping runs and crosses down the left. His dribbling attempts were unsuccessful, but the Scotsman maintained the usual balance between defence and attack all throughout the encounter.
Callum McGregor: 8
Pulled the strings from his deep-lying midfield role. Stretched the game wide and played some impressive through balls to create chances in the attacking third.
Matt O’Riley: 8.5
Set it up for Jota moments before the half-time whistle. Assisted once again minutes into the second half for Abada’s first. Played his part in the build-up of a few more goals before making way for David Turnbull around the hour mark.
Reo Hatate: 8
Came close to finding the net on a few occasions. Laid on for Abada’s second goal of the afternoon. Was taken off and replaced by Aaron Mooy midway through the second half.
Liel Abada: 9.5
Was handed a start ahead of Daizen Maeda and the Israel international grabbed the opportunity exquisitely with a stellar hat-trick. He also set it up for Furuhashi’s hat-trick goal. Made way for Alexandro Bernabei late in the game.
Filipe Jota: 10
Created the most number of chances from the left-hand flank. Scored and assisted once each before leaving the pitch for Daizen Maeda around the hour mark.
Kyogo Furuhashi: 10
Exhibited his sheer scoring ability by firing a hat-trick inside the first half. Looked unplayable with the ball at his feet and was lauded by the travelling Celtic fans as he made way for Forrest for the final half an hour.
Celtic Subs Vs Dundee United
James Forrest: 7
Looked lively down the wide with his runs and link-up play.
Daizen Maeda: 7
Assisted Abada for his hat-trick goal.
David Turnbull: 7
Assisted Starfelt from the corner late in the match.
Aaron Mooy: 7
Controlled the show from the centre of the pitch since coming on in place of Hatate.
Alexandro Bernabei: 6.5
A good few minutes for the Argentine who finally made his debut donning the Hoops colours.