Celtic take massive step towards title

Tom Rogic's Celtic took a massive step towards their ninth successive Scottish Premiership with a 5-0 clubbing of Hearts as arch-rivals Rangers faltered in the title race on Wednesday.

Socceroos star Rogic came on as a second half substitute at Parkhead as the Hoops opened up a 10-point lead at the top of the table, having played an extra match than Rangers.

Steven Gerrard's charges crashed 2-1 at Kilmarnock and now appear an unlikely threat to stop Celtic's dominance.

Midfielder Olivier Ntcham opened the scoring for hosts Celtic on the half-hour mark with a drive, with second-half goals from defender Christopher Jullien, midfielder Callum McGregor, substitute Ryan Christie and defender Jozo Simunovic completing the rout.

Celtic revealed a strength in depth that no one in Scottish football can match.

Manager Neil Lennon brought back Fraser Forster, Greg Taylor, Simunovic, McGregor and attacking duo Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths after resting them in the Scottish Cup win against Clyde on Sunday.

Gers conceded goals to Stephen O'Donnell and Eamonn Brophy after Scott Arfield had fired the second-placed team ahead.

But the hosts played on the visitors' nerves to claim a victory which keeps them just a point outside the top six.

In Wednesday's other matches Hibs beat Ross County 3-0, Livingstone edged out St Mirren 2-1 while St Johnstone defeated Motherwell 2-1.