FRASER Forster kept his 15th clean sheet of the season as Celtic moved closer to bagging their ninth Scottish Premiership title in a row.

Forster, on loan from Saints until the end of the season, was left with little to do as Neil Lennon’s side beat Hearts 5-0.

Olivier Ntcham opened the scoring for the home side on the half-hour mark with a drive, with second-half goals from Christopher Jullien, Callum McGregor, Ryan Christie and Jozo Simunovic completing the trouncing.

Despite the significant victory, Lennon stopped short of saying Rangers are out of the title race, although he does believe his players are in a good place.

“It might give them a bit of confidence but that’s about it,” said Celtic’s boss.

“We have a tough game on Sunday at Pittodrie. We are taking absolutely nothing for granted.

“The players know there is a long way to go and there will be twist and turns as we go along.

“We just need to concentrate on every individual game as it comes along. They were magnificent tonight.

“Their desire, hunger to play, score goals, run; everything you want from a team I got tonight. It was an empathetic victory.”

The comprehensive defeat kept Hearts bottom of the table and boss Daniel Stendel claimed his players were like “rabbits in the headlights.”

He said: “I wanted to try and give the players the feeling we have a chance. Our plan was good but our game wasn’t like our plan.

“We played like rabbits in the headlights. From the first moment you could see the look.”