Celtic stays top in SPL with 5-0 rout of St Mirren


GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -Celtic thrashed St. Mirren 5-0 away on Saturday to secure a fourth straight win in the Scottish Premier League, extending its lead in the standings to three points.

Neil Lennon's side warmed up for a Champions League match at Spanish giant Barcelona on Tuesday by taking a four-goal lead by the break, with Victor Wanyama's brace adding to goals by Gary Hooper and Efe Ambrose.

Tony Watt's late header completed the victory, ensuring the defending champions moved further clear at the summit after Hibernian's surprise 3-2 loss at Ross County.

That dropped Hibs from second to fourth, with St. Johnstone becoming the nearest challenger to Celtic by beating Kilmarnock 2-1. Aberdeen is third after a 1-1 at Dundee United.

Celtic has now won its last six matches in all competitions.

"We were magnificent, every one of them," Lennon said. "Good attitude, good tempo to the game, clinical in front of goal.

"It is a huge fillip for us but we know Barcelona will be a totally different game."

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