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Socceroos star Tom Rogic scored an incredible solo goal as Celtic cut the gap to Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers to four points with an emphatic 3-0 win over Dundee United.

David Turnbull also scored an outstanding goal in a one-sided first half and Ange Postecoglou’s only frustration would be that his side did not further boost their goal difference.

Midfielder Rogic opened the scoring in the 19th minute, gliding through one challenge after an excellent first touch, dribbling in between two United players on the edge of the box and curling the ball around Charlie Mulgrew and inside Benjamin Siegrist’s far post.

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“Brilliant,” Postecoglou said of Rogic’s 27th goal for Celtic, a sure-fire goal of the season contender.

“… he’s one of these special footballers. When the ball goes to him, I think everyone just stops to see what he’s going to do because if you’re looking down at your phone or taking a drink, you want to stop everything you’re doing.

“And it’s not just his technique. He’s a strong player, hard to knock off the ball.

“But I’ve always enjoyed coaching Tommy. I had him for a number of years with the national team and, even as a manager, I get excited when he’s out there playing his football.

“Tommy is one of those guys I take great pride in working with and seeing him develop.”

Midfielder Turnbull missed two good chances, the second after a brilliant one-touch move, before finding the net five minutes before half time.

Callum McGregor spotted his run, lofted a pass, and the former Motherwell midfielder flicked the ball over Siegrist and knocked it home from close range.

Celtic were not as dominant after the break but forward Kyogo Furuhashi was denied several times and United could not force their way back into the game.

Any lingering doubt was removed when Celtic’s substitutes combined in the 81st minute.

Liel Abada cushioned Nir Bitton’s diagonal into the path of Liam Scales and the left-back produced a measured first-time finish from 18 yards via a deflection off Ryan Edwards.

Celtic manager Postecoglou said he was pleased with the consistency shown by his team, who now have 35 points after 16 matches, four behind champions Rangers.

“It was really solid from start to end,” he told the BBC.

“We didn’t let Dundee United get any respite at any time. We could have got more goals, but overall a real solid performance.

“What we’re trying to be and want to be is better every week. We’ve been consistent for quite a while now, home and away, and that level of performance has to stay.

“Tom Rogic has let himself down a bit this season with his finishing, but he did that today.”

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