Israeli striker Liel Abada scored a double as Celtic thrashed bitter rivals Rangers 4-0 on Saturday to maintain their perfect start to the Scottish Premiership campaign.

Abada’s brace plus a beauty by Jota put the champions 3-0 up at half-time and a dreadful error by Rangers goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin gifted the hosts a fourth through David Turnbull 12 minutes from time.

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Celtic’s sixth victory in six league games — they have scored 25 goals and conceded just one — puts them five points clear of Rangers and extended their unbeaten record in the Premiership to 38.

Abada may have taken the scoring honours — bringing his tally to five in the last two games — but it was Matt O’Riley who was the creative master setting up two of the goals.

Celtic had the game wrapped up by half-time with a three goal blitz. Abada, 20, doubled his tally five minutes from half-time but it was Jota’s 32nd minute effort that took the eye.

He received the ball from O’Riley and then dinked it over McLaughlin. Celtic did not let up in the second-half and their opponents attack was sparse so it was little surprise when they increased their advantage.

McLaughlin was totally at fault passing the ball straight to Turnbull who accepted the gift with glee and put it into the net.

Celtic’s dominance was all the more impressive as they had lost Japanese star Kyogo Furuhashi after just five minutes with what looked like a shoulder injury.

“We will see with Kyogo,” Postecoglou told BBC Sportsound.

“It’s a shoulder injury, bit of a blow cause he has been brilliant. Bit of a niggle with Starfelt as well. A bit disappointing for him cause he was looking forward to Tuesday.”

Both sides now have to focus on their opening Champions League group matches — the first time both have been involved at this stage since 2007.

The win sets Celtic up nicely for their daunting match against holders Real Madrid on Tuesday.

However, Rangers Dutch manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has some serious rebuilding of morale to do before they take on Ajax in Amsterdam on Wednesday.

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