Bhoys in seventh heaven
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
John Hartson was the star of the show with four goals after being given a rare start by Bhoys boss Martin O'Neill.
Henrik Larsson, Bobo Balde and substitute Shaun Maloney hit the others as Celtic showed the difference in class between the two sides.
Hartson grabbed his first of the afternoon with a fine header from Steve Guppy's cross after 26 minutes.
The Welshman doubled the lead with his second nine minutes later with a simple tap-in.
Larsson then killed off the contest with the third two minutes before the break with a fine free-kick.
Hartson completed his hat-trick six minutes after the restart with a cool finish.
Balde got involved in the scoring act with the fifth after 71 minutes.
Hartson then brought his tally to ten goals in four starts this season with his fourth of the game in the 81st minute.
Maloney completed the rout with the seventh four minutes from time to compound Aberdeen's misery even more.
An injury-time strike from Phil Stamp gave Hearts an unlikely 2-1 win over Hiberinan in a fiercely contested Edinburgh derby at Easter Road.
Finnish striker Mixu Paatelainen fired the home side in front after 36 minutes with a close-range finish.
Hearts fought back and drew level four minutes from the end through Canadian international Kevin McKenna.
The game looked set to end all square until Stamp popped up in the last minute to fire a dramatic winner for Hearts and help them leapfrog their rivals into third spot.
Stamp was sent-off for his second bookable offence in celebrating his winner for too over-zealous a manner for referee WillieYoung.
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