Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths believes his fellow forward Moussa Dembele underlined his top level credentials with his performance against Rangers at Hampden yesterday afternoon.

Griffiths replaced Dembele as Brendan Rodgers’ side clocked up their biggest Scottish Cup semi-final win over Rangers since 1925 and their biggest win at Hampden over Rangers since the 1969 Scottish Cup final.

But he had no complaints about not starting the game given the manner in which Dembele, who netted Celtic’s third goal with an audacious chip from the spot, dominated the game.

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“You can’t take anything away from him,” he said. “He showed with that display that he is one of the top young talents in Europe. He bullied their centre-halves and he was unplayable. His penalty just summed the guy up.

“It doesn’t matter how big the occasion is, he is always calm. I thought he was exceptional. He never gave the Rangers defence a minute’s peace.

“He has that in the locker and when he is in the mood like that he is a joy to watch.”

Griffiths described the 4-0 win over Rangers as the most one-sided game he has been involved in against the Ibrox side – but stressed that he wants the league won by the time Celtic play them next.

The Parkhead side are at Easter Road on Saturday afternoon with three points guaranteeing them the title. A draw or defeat would enable Rodgers’ side to formally seal the title against Rangers at Celtic Park but Griffiths is adamant the Hoops want it done before then.

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“We want to go to Easter Road now and finish the league off,” said the striker. “These have been really tough games for us this season against Hibs and they’ll make it hard for us.

“There is nothing in my mind other than three points. Like everyone in the dressing room I want to go out and win it as quickly as we can. If we win it we are champions and that is what we want.

“We want it on Saturday. There’s no way we would voluntarily delay getting the title.

"Everybody knows I am a Hibs fan but I play for Celtic and I want that league wrapped up as soon as possible. It would be perfect to go and get the goals to take me to the 100-mark at the same time."

Celtic’s win yesterday outs the club within one game of making history by becoming the first Scottish club to win back-to-back Trebles, something that Griffiths is determined to play a part in.

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“I am fully fit and ready to go,” he said.

“That is probably the most one-sided game against Rangers I have seen. We were dominant from start to finish. We took our foot off the gas when we got the third goal. We went on and got the fourth but we could have got more.

“There was one when KT put the ball across goal for Scott [Sinclair] when I had a tap in. He went for the harder pass but it was just one of those days when I think we knew it was going to be our day with the way we went about it.

“Rangers won’t be looking forward to coming to Celtic Park. What we have done to them at Hampden just shows that when we bring our ‘A’ game there is no-one who can touch us.”

Griffiths’ cameo included a spot of ball juggling at the death yesterday as he went to take a corner - something he was a little sheepish about.

“I was keeping the fans on the toes a bit!” he joked. “It was a wee bit of showboating but I should probably have been more worried about the ball I put into the box – it should have been a better ball from me.”