MOUSSA DEMBELE claimed his 27th goal of the season as Celtic beat Motherwell 2-0 at Parkhead this afternoon.
James Forrest added a second eight minutes later as the Hoops once more moved 27 points ahead of nearest challengers Aberdeen.
There was a slow tempo at the start of the confrontation against a cagey Well side who were obviously still smarting from their 7-2 thrashing from the Dons at Pittodrie in midweek.
French ace Dembele opened the scoring in the 31st minute after being upended by substitute Zak Jules, on for the injured Stephen McManus.
The prolific hitman sent keeper Craig Samson the wrong way from the penalty spot to break the barrier.
Mark McGhee’s men had a chance almost immediately to reply when Craig Gordon was forced to deny Stephen Pearson from close range.
However, the second goal had Dembele as its architect after he picked out Forrest on the flank with a perfect pass.
The winger netted his seventh goal of the season after stepping inside Joe Chalmers and zipping an effort off the far post and into the net.
Stuart Armstrong made an appearance for Liam Henderson after the interval following his enforced absence with a hamstring injury.
The game ended with the Hoops searching for more goals, but had to be content with what the double from Dembele and Forrest.