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Summary

  1. FT: Celtic 4-0 Aberdeen
  2. Denayer, Griffiths, Mackay-Steven, Johansen with the goals
  3. Win takes Celtic six points clear of Aberdeen
  4. Aberdeen's 13 game unbeaten league run ended

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By Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

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That's enough from me. Celtic look to have a very firm grip on the championship title after dismantling their nearest rivals.

You can see online highlights of yesterday's Premiership action from 18:00, with Sportscene on BBC One Scotland at 22:30 and online highlights of Celtic's win from midnight.

Thanks for your company today and enjoy what's left of the weekend.

BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

"Celtic deserve great credit for this performance. This was the ideal time to be facing them after their midweek European game but they came through with flying colours. Aberdeen have made strides but they still have a lot to learn."

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes on BBC Radio Scotland

"We caused Celtic problems and I was pleased with how the first half was going. Jonny [Hayes] going off was a bit of blow for us because he started brilliantly.

"It was self-inflicted. They scored from their first corner. That's three goals from corners we've given Celtic this season.

"I thought we should have had a penalty at 1-0, it hits [Nir] Bitton's arm

"At 2-0 we are chasing the game and Celtic took full advantage of our desperation and punished our lack of concentration.

"We'll continue to work hard and keep trying to win as many games as we can. We still have plenty to play for and an Aberdeen team should go all the way."

Aberdeen can be proud of the fact that this is just their sixth league defeat of the season but three of those have come against Celtic and there can be no argument about who is the better team after today's emphatic victory.

Could it have all played out differently had the Dons defended better from a last-minute corner at Pittodrie in November and Niall McGinn's early shot gone in today? Ifs and buts...

The BBC Sportsound team are purring about the performance of Stefan Johansen. The Celtic midfielder is a blur of perpetual motion, with phenomenal fitness levels - and he can play a bit too, can't he?

Celtic manager Ronny Deila on BBC Radio Scotland

Celtic manager Ronny Deila
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"It was an important win - not only to get three points against our nearest rivals. Mentally, we showed we are the best team

"We struggled to get going in the beginning - they are a good team and they were fresh. But in the second half we were brilliant."

Aberdeen have a long time to lick their wounds since they are not back in action until a week on Friday when they host Motherwell.

Celtic are at home to St Johnstone on Wednesday and then they meet Dundee United in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup next Sunday.

If Ronny Deila's men win at Tannadice, then a domestic treble is a very real possibility.

BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

"Aberdeen just went to pieces in the second half. They were too adventurous going forward after the break and Celtic have quality players that can take advantage. The full-backs pushed too far forward and he central midfielder partnership of Ryan Jack and Willo Flood were poor. Celtic could have won by seven or eight in the end."

Aberdeen's lively start to the game seems like an awful long time ago now. The Dons' 13-game unbeaten league run is over after a third loss to Celtic this term.

Celtic won 4-0
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Celtic also have a game in hand on Aberdeen and a far superior goal difference, so it's very hard to see Ronny Deila's men slipping up in the final quarter of the season.

It's win number 20 in the league for the defending champions.

FULL-TIME

Celtic 4-0 Aberdeen

Celtic move six points clear at the top following a convincing win at home to their nearest challengers. Aberdeen were simply brushed aside in the second half, with Leigh Griffiths, Gary Mackay-Steven and Stefan Johansen adding to Jason Denayer's first-half header.

Aberdeen fans breathe a sigh of relief as just one minute of stoppage-time is signalled.

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Fred McGrath: "So this is supposedly Celtics nearest rivals and title challengers? #bbcscotfootball"

MBEHAN: "Far better 2nd half from Celtic, far more composed & threatening #bbcscotfootball"

Alan David Duncan: "And that's now just embarrassing. Shakin' ma heid, the sheep are deid... #bbcscotfootball #COYR"

YELLOW CARD

Frustrated Aberdeen midfielder Ryan Jack picks up a booking for a late challenge on Nir Bitton.

Cries of ole from the jubilant home crowd greet every Celtic pass as the hosts play a spot of keep-ball.

SUBSTITUTION

Aberdeen make a change, with defender Ash Taylor - back from injury - on in place of striker Adam Rooney.

BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

"It's been so easy for Celtic. What this has told us is that Aberdeen are not ready yet."

It's three against one for Celtic again inside the Aberdeen penalty area but John Guidetti is guilty of hogging the ball and another golden chance is gone.

GOAL

Celtic 4-0 Aberdeen (Johansen)

Aberdeen are sliced open again after another mistake. Kenny McLean is the culprit this time and his blunder is punished as Adam Matthews gallops forward to cut the ball back for Stefan Johansen to slam it into the corner.

Willo Flood gives the ball away again and suddenly it's a three-on-one Celtic attack but it's a case of too many cooks and the move breaks down in the Dons penalty box.

CLOSE!

Stefan Johansen is enjoying himself now as Celtic run Aberdeen ragged. The Norwegian sets up John Guidetti with a sweet pass and the Swede takes a lick of paint off the post with a fierce, low strike.

SUBSTITUTION

The sub is being subbed as Stuart Armstrong, a first-half replacement, limps off. Anthony Stokes is on for Celtic.

Aberdeen are absolutely all over the place as Willo Flood gifts possession to his former team near his own penalty area. Gary Mackay-Steven feeds Stuart Armstrong but the Celtic substitute's shot is dreadful, with the ball barely moving by the time Scott Brown picks it up.

GOAL

Celtic 3-0 Aberdeen (Mackay-Steven)

Game over. Title race over? The Aberdeen defence backs off as Gary Mackay-Steven strides forward to drill a shot from 22 yards in off the base of the post.

Richard Wilson at Celtic Park

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"Aberdeen had to adopt a risk strategy to try to turn the scoreline around, and that cost them a second goal. While they might have been the better side overall, errors have undermined their game and Celtic are now playing with poise and confidence, and the more that Aberdeen commit men upfield to try to rescue the game, the more opportunities will open up for the home side on the counter."

John Guidetti is not quite warmed up as he fails to reach a ball across the face of goal, then Stefan Johansen powers forward to hammer in a shot that Scott Brown palms away as he guards his front post. Celtic are well on top now.

SUBSTITUTION

Leigh Griffiths must continue his celebrations from the bench as John Guidetti comes on to lead the Celtic attack.

GOAL

Celtic 2-0 Aberdeen (Griffiths)

Leigh Griffiths doubles Celtic's lead with a calm penalty, sending keeper Scott Brown the wrong way.

PENALTY

Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen, running away from goal, gets his heels clipped by Mark Reynolds.

Ryan Jack slices a shot wide from the edge of the area after Scott Brown's clearing header lands at his feet, via a deflection off Nir Bitton. The Dons appeal that it hit the Israeli's arm.

Aberdeen are leaving a few gaps at the back now as they seek an equaliser. The Dons have not been in this position for a while, so can they adapt their usual counter-attacking style?

DISALLOWED GOAL

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths races on to a headed flick from Stefan Johansen and keeps a cool head to plant a shot beyond Scott Brown. But it's all to no avail since the linesman has his flag raised, albeit after a slight delay.

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Neal in Edinburgh: "The true mark of champions is being able to win ugly as well as at a canter. And Celtic are great at both. Come on You Bhoys in green."

Dons fan Wullie: "Langfield would've been given pelters for every goal Brown has conceded. Not a bad goalie but no better than Clangers. Perhaps a quality goalie needs to be top of Derek McInnes' summer shopping list."

Peter Pawlett delivers an excellent cross from the right and Andrew Considine gets the jump on Gary Mackay-Steven but can only send a thumping header over the top from eight yards. A more than decent chance for the Dons...

Celtic's stand-in left-back Efe Ambrose gets away with another crunching challenge, this time on Kenny McLean.

Stefan Johansen raises his hands in apology to Leigh Griffiths as he overcooks a pass across the face of goal. The Aberdeen defence were posted missing there and that is a huge let off.

YELLOW CARD

Nir Bitton is cautioned for clattering Peter Pawlett as the Aberdeen midfielder motors towards the penalty area.

Celtic attack at pace and Gary Mackay-Steven prods a pass through for Stefan Johansen but the Norwegian is denied a shooting chance by the sliding Shay Logan.

Donervon Daniels is a big unit but the Aberdeen defender demonstrates a dainty touch as he sends an instinctive back-flick wide inside a congested penalty area.

Celtic keeper Craig Gordon is in a spot of bother as Kenny McLean's cross sails over him but there is Adam Matthews to head clear in front of Dons left-back Andrew Considine.