Scottish champions, Celtic sustained their heaviest ever home European defeat as Neymar led the way for Paris St-Germain in the Champions League group stage opener.
PSG’s star-studded forward line tore the Scottish champions apart to not only maintain their perfect start to the new season but also send out a warning to their Champions League rivals.
Playing in the competition for the first time since his world-record transfer from Barcelona, Neymar raced onto Adrien Rabiot’s throughball to give the dominant French side a deserved lead in the 19th minute of the Group B contest.
The scorer turned provider for PSG’s second, heading back across goal for Mbappe to find the net for the sixth time in his last seven Champions League games, the previous five coming in last season’s knockout stages for Monaco.
PSG, who have so often flattered to deceive among Europe’s elite, looked genuine contenders to make a run for the title as they mercilessly picked apart their opponents.
Neymar, making his first European appearance for PSG after his world-record move from Barcelona, orchestrated proceedings, ably assisted by teenager Mbappe and experienced Cavani, the other two members of PSG’s exciting forward trio.
All three were on target in an explosive first half, before an own goal from Mikael Lustig and a second from Uruguayan Cavani wrapped up proceedings late in the contest.
“I’m very happy. It was a fantastic match and I’m happy for the team. It was an important win,” Neymar told reporters.
Asked about Mbappe, he said: “It’s always a pleasure to play with great players, even though he’s young. For me, he’s a great player and he has the potential to improve even more.”
Cavani added: “We stayed focused throughout, not just when we were attacking but when we defended too. It was the perfect match, the match we had to play here to get the three points.”