Celtic restored their six point lead at the top of the Premiership on Sunday thanks to a 4-1 win away to Ross County.
Following on from the home defeat to Molde three days earlier and wins for Aberdeen and Hearts on Saturday the match at Dingwall was going to be a tough test of Celtic’s title resolve.
Tom Rogic put the hoops in front in the first half with a glorious strike before a second half double from Leigh Griffiths, the second at the end of a brilliant James Forrest solo run, should have put the issue beyond doubt.
After Tony Dingwall had scored for the home side there were a few moments of concern as the Celtic defence struggled to cope with the home side who suddenly felt that they could salvage something from the match.
Fortunately a header by Nir Bitton from a Stuart Armstrong corner killed off that notion allowing Celtic to go into the international break with the comfort of a six point lead at the top of the table.
With five league wins on the bounce Ronny Deila’s side look to be in a strong position with Kilmarnock, Inverness Caley Thistle, Hamilton, St Johnstone and Motherwell to be faced before going to Tynecastle on Boxing Day.
Of more concern will be the Europa League ties against Ajax and Fenerbahce which will provide a better guide as to how the team has fared in the first half of the season.
After Christmas a potential treble opens up but the results in the Europa League will clearly dominate the headlines over the next month.