THE CELTIC supporters woke up on Sunday morning to the fact that their team sat proudly at the top of the Scottish Premiership as they travelled to Fir Park to take on Motherwell in the latest domestic instalment.

However, the fans would have been more delighted at the fact that Ange Postecoglou was looking at the bigger picture both at home and abroad.  The Aussie informed the faithful via the media that Celtic chief executive Michael Nicholson was actively talking to Portuguese wide man Jota and USA internationalist Cameron Carter-Vickers about penning permanent deals.

The 56-year-old readily admits that the stunning 3-0 win over Rangers which was akin to a Champions League night in Paradise was a unique selling point to get the duo to sign on the dotted line.

Ange though insists that he won't be giving either the hard sell as Celtic as a football club sells itself.

Ange said: “Experiences like Wednesday will help but we all live in a romanticised version of life.  It usually comes down to what drives the individual. I’m not going to try and convince anyone to stay.  If you don’t understand how special it is to be a part of this place, nothing I’m going to say will change that. I know Cam (Carter-Vickers) and Jota love representing this football club and what it’s all about."

The bigger picture certainly offers the fans genuine hope that the pair will extend their stay beyond this season.

Domestic dominance is one thing. Carving an indelible mark on the European scene is another.

With a Europa Conference League double-header against Norwegians Bodo-Glimt on the horizon, the Aussie is also casting his eyes further afield and is desperate to make an impact where it matters most in order to get people talking about his team.

Ange said: "There’s no point in painting a nice picture if no one likes it — or you can’t sell it. It’s never-ending, there’s always another layer to it. I want people talking about Celtic — not just in Scotland but beyond this country.

“We have to win trophies and be successful within that context. My drive every day is to create a team people talk about in a positive way due to the football we play.”

A bold statement indeed.

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It was the bread and butter side of the league business that Celtic had to concentrate on today in Lanarkshire if they were to taste the fine dining of the Champions League menu come May.

Ange made three changes to the side that comprehensively defeated Rangers in midweek as in came Anthony Ralston for Josip Juranovic in defence and compatriot Tom Rogic at the expense of Matt O'Riley in midfield and Jota made way for Japanese hitman Daizen Maeda in the attack.

Squad rotation. The bigger picture and all that.

The depth was now there in Ange's side and he was going to utilise that to the full. It was luxury that had been denied him for the most part of the season.

Celtic also had the rare chance to apply some pressure on their city rivals by moving four points in front ahead before Rangers later kick-off at Ibrox against Hearts.

History most certainly favoured the visitors in this clash as Celtic had triumphed in the last 10 top-flight games with Motherwell, scoring 30 goals and conceding five since a 1-1 draw in December 2018.

Indeed Fir Park was a happy hunting ground as Celtic had netted 15 goals on their past four visits.

Speaking of bigger pictures Celtic were on a stunning run of domestic form and had not lost a domestic match since September and sported a current unbeaten run of 18 matches having won 15 and drawn three.

The visitors almost went in front inside 90 seconds when Rogic fed Ralston whose cutback was lashed goalwards by Liel Abada but Liam Kelly jabbed out an outstretched foot to deny the Israeli the opener.

Giorgos Giakoumakis then slammed in an effort that Kelly was equal to after 25 minutes.

On 28 minutes Celtic took the lead with a goal that Ange would have been purring over and would certainly have got observers talking.

Greg Tayor played a delicious ball to Reo Hatate and his first-time ball across the face of the goal was snapped up by Liel Abada who gleefully hammered home number 14 for the season.

Abada then turned provider when he fed Rogic some 25 yards from goal and the Aussie with little backlift hit a trademark screamer into the top corner.

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It was nonchalant bordering on gallus that Rogic didn't even bother to celebrate.

In truth, it was all over as a contest.

An Abada overhead kick was ruled out for offside as it was one-way traffic.

In stoppage time, it was three and easy as Motherwell had no answer to Celtic's slick, silky football.

Anthony Ralston produced the defence-splitter on this occasion as he set Abada scampering down the right and his accurate cutback was swept high into the net by the languid Rogic to make it 3-0 as he took his tally to five for the campaign.

In the second half, McGregor slammed one over the top as Celtic once again took their foot off the gas.

Daizen Maeda got his name on the scoresheet on 71 minutes when his shot took a huge deflection off Bevis Mugabe and looped high into the air and bounced into the roof of the net to make it 4-0 to Celtic.

Rogic was denied a hat-trick when he slammed a shot off the outside of the post on 77 minutes.

The Aussie is a joy to watch when he is in this kind of mood and he really is a football artist who paints wonderful pictures.

Ange's football masterpiece is still in the creative process stage.

There is an irresistibility about the team that has made them the talk of the town.

That's why it was no surprise to see his side leave another opponent sprawled all over the canvas at Fir Park.

With 13 Premiership games to go the Aussie's men are still top of the Premiership tree and they also have a last 32 tie in the inaugural Europa Conference League to come.

Ange remains hopeful that Celtic and their supporters won't be performing the equivalent of Edvard Munch's 'The Scream at the end of the season.

As the Aussie himself said it's not about being top of the table in February. That's the bigger picture.

If Celtic win the title people will talk all right.

They'll talk of the season they watched Glasgow Celtic putting on a show.