Aiden McGeady bagged his first hat-trick of his career to help Celtic crush Falkirk 4-0 on Tuesday - then insisted there is a lot more to come.

The 21-year-old Republic of Ireland international was in scintillating form as he helped the Parkhead club stretch their lead in the Scottish Premier League to five points.

In addition to scoring a terrific treble, McGeady's lightning-quick feet created countless chances for his team-mates in a performance which won him the Man of the Match award.

However, the midfielder - Scotland's Player of the Month - is not about to rest on his laurels and admitted he still had a lot to learn.

McGeady said: "It was great to score three times and although I've scored hat-tricks in youth football that's my first at senior level.

"But I don't think it was one of my best performances. In terms of end product then it will probably be a long time before I repeat it as I only had three shots on goal and scored them all.

"My finishing is not always great so to score three times was pleasing."

McGeady continued: "There is more to my game than just going past players. I know I can create chances and score but there's still room for improvement.

"I'm only 21 and I still have a lot to learn so I don't think that I'm now playing at the top of my game."

With Celtic's Japanese playmaker Shunsuke Nakamura out injured since the beginning of November with a knee injury, the responsibility of opening defences, in both the Champions League and the SPL, has fallen on McGeady's young shoulders.

And the Irish international has not let his club down, helping them qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League and go five points clear of Rangers - who have played two games less - in the SPL.

McGeady said: "Last season the onus was on Naka to make things happen and to help us break down defences but I've tried to take on a bit more responsibility.

"I've still got a long way to go, scoring three goals doesn't make a difference, I know there are still areas I need to improve and I'll keep working hard to do that."

Celtic boss Gordon Strachan was thrilled with McGeady's continuing progress in his team.

And he also praised young left-back Ryan Conroy who made his first start for the Celtic first team against Falkirk.

Strachan said: "It was a terrific performance from Aiden and I thought his partnership with Ryan was fantastic.

"Ryan made a lot of great passes, put in a lot of dangerous crosses and showed some good composure.

"I'm just enjoying Aiden's performances just now. I don't know if he's on top of his game yet as I don't know whether he can improve or not but I'm not going to start putting pressure on him.

"It wasn't just his three goals it was his overall performance which was fantastic and he's done that against the AC Milans of this world this season."

Australian striker Scott McDonald had put Celtic on the road to victory, converting a ninth minute penalty for his 16th goal of the season.

In the 41st minute McGeady made it 2-0, side-footing the ball home via the post from 12-yards.

The Irish international scored his second in the 66th minute, collecting the ball on the left, skipping past several challenges before curling the ball into the bottom corner of the net from 18-yards.

And in the 82nd minute McGeady collected a fine pass from McDonald, which put him through on goal, and he clinically side-footed the ball home to complete his first ever treble for the Parkhead club.