Socceroos international Thomas Rogic made an immediate impact on his Celtic debut as the Scottish champions fielded a makeshift side before their Champions League last-16 first-leg clash with Juventus on Tuesday.
Celtic beat nearest rivals Inverness Caledonian Thistle 3-1 on Saturday to open up a massive 18-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premier League.
Neil Lennon made nine changes to the side that faced Raith Rovers last weekend with debuts for new signings Rogic and Rami Gershon.
There were also rare starts for Paddy McCourt, Marcus Fraser and Dylan McGeouch, while goalkeeper Fraser Forster made his return from a neck injury.
Lennon’s decision looked to have backfired when Inverness, who had defeated Celtic in Glasgow earlier in the season, took an early lead through Nick Ross.
But the Hoops hauled themselves level in the 20th minute when former Central Coast Mariner Rogic set up Kris Commons to hammer home the equaliser.
Fellow debutant Gershon headed Celtic in front for the first time in the 48th minute before Miku wrapped up the scoring in the 82nd minute as Lennon’s selection gamble ultimately paid off ahead of their against the Italian league leaders at Parkhead.
“I think you saw a wee glimpse of what’s coming through. Marcus Fraser, Dylan McGeouch and Rogic are young players and I thought they were fantastic,” Lennon said.
“All in all, to come here against a team in second place with our first team out and to win speaks volumes for the performance of the players today.”
His opposite number Terry Butcher was frustrated to see his side lose their fourth straight match.
“I’m not disappointed with the way we played, I’m disappointed with the result and losing three goals,” the Inverness manager said.
Inverness took an early lead when Forster’s weak clearance from a dangerous Aaron Doran cross only made it as far as the edge of the box, where Ross was on hand to drill a low shot into the bottom left-hand corner of the net.
Rogic was looking assured on his Celtic debut and had a big hand in their 20th-minute equaliser.
The Australian international broke to the byeline before cutting the ball back for team-mate Commons to rifle a thunderous strike beyond Ryan Esson and into the roof of the net.
Rogic then came close to opening his Celtic account as the midfielder clipped an effort just over after being teed up by Anthony Stokes.
Elsewhere, Motherwell missed the chance to move into second as they lost 2-0 away to Kilmarnock, while Dundee United moved up to sixth as new boss Jackie McNamara marked his league debut with a 3-1 win over Hearts, and Aberdeen’s clash with St Mirren ended goalless.
On Friday, Ross County won 2-0 at Dundee to leave the Dens Park club 14 points adrift at the foot.