Celtic cruised to a 2-0 win over Aberdeen on Saturday with manager Gordon Strachan enjoying the victory.

Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink and Scott McDonald got the goals but the Celtic boss was more interested in the whole teams performance.

He said: “I think we all enjoy it at this time of year, I think we have an onus to try and perform which we did and I think people got full value for money today.

“There was some exciting football, a variation of football and one extremely good goal.”

A win for the home side never looked in doubt with Strachan’s only trouble trying to calm McDonald down after the striker was brought down in the second half.

The Australian striker talked himself into the book before proceeding to try and talk himself into a dismissal.

Strachan added: “Nothing I could do about it, referee makes his decision, gives a yellow card.

“I think when he calmed down he was fine, he’d been on the receiving end of a few rough ones today but if you’re playing well as a striker you have to accept sometimes that you are going to get a few dull ones.

“But you try and tell the players don’t react, the best way to react is to get on and play but you hope the referee then protects the players and that is my philosophy on football.

“We get on with it and hope the referee’s protect the players.”

Rangers went to within a point of Celtic on Sunday when they beat Hibs 3-2.

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