Celtic have leapfrogged Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premier League after a comfortable 3-1 victory over Hibernian at Parkhead.
All three of their goals arrived in the first-half.
Anthony Stokes opened the scoring against his former side with a cool first-time effort that sailed beyond Hibernian goalkeeper Mark Brown’s reach.
A brace from Gary Hooper rounded off the scoring for the Glaswegians, with the Englishmen converting a penalty and then scoring from Stokes’ tidy pass 39 minutes into the game.
Hibs, however, replied in the second half, with a Liam Miller-converted penalty in the 67th minute after Charlie Mulgrew was penalised for an apparent shirt-tug on David Wotherspoon, who appeared unaware.
Celtic were also gifted a chance from the spot late in the second half.
Hibs defender Paul Hanlon brought down former Arsenal winger Freddie Ljungberg, but Hooper failed to pick up a hat-trick after firing the resulting penalty wide.
Elsewhere, Motherwell accounted for Dundee United 2-1 while St Mirren held on to record a 3-2 victory over Aberdeen after English midfielder Robert Milson’s 90th-minute strike.
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