Celtic gained back-to-back video games within the Scottish Premiership for the primary time since December as they noticed off a spirited Motherwell on Saturday.
Stephen Welsh scored his first objective for the champions with an early header and Odsonne Edouard drilled dwelling a second.
Allan Campbell scored a wonderful objective for Motherwell, who earlier had sturdy claims for a first-half penalty.
The win leaves Celtic 20 factors behind Premiership leaders Rangers with a sport in hand.
Motherwell stay ninth after shedding for the primary time in three video games, however they had been left to ponder what might need been after lacking late possibilities to earn some extent.
It was a whirlwind begin from Celtic. Their first assault earned a nook, from which Welsh bulleted in his first objective for the membership with a robust header.
From there, they seemed within the temper. Edouard flashed a header vast from shut vary, earlier than David Turnbull twice went shut from exterior the realm and debutant Jonjoe Kenny had a low shot blocked by the goalkeeper as Motherwell had been rocked in opposition to the ropes.
Within the midst of the strain although, Bevis Mugabi met a Motherwell free-kick however headed weakly at Scott Bain.
For all Celtic’s possession, the guests had been solely a objective behind they usually continued to hold a menace themselves.
Chris Lengthy’s jinking run was curtailed by Kristoffer Ajer on the sting of the field, with debate over whether or not it ought to have been a penalty. The free-kick was given, from which Lengthy pressured a save from Bain.
One thing needed to give although as Motherwell allowed Celtic an excessive amount of of the ball. Edouard and Turnbull each handed up possibilities, earlier than the previous exchanged passes with McGregor and drove the ball contained in the close to submit to double the lead.
Celtic did not relent. Turnbull had a long-range shot tipped vast and Ajeti headed over from shut vary. However simply as you thought Celtic had been going to run over the guests, again got here Motherwell.
Devante Cole’s shot was saved and Mugabi headed vast from shut vary, however they pulled one again when Campbell chipped Bain from exterior the realm with a wonderful end.
Impulsively Celtic had been hanging on. Lengthy drove a ball throughout the field, however Cole did not know a lot about it and it hit off him, whereas Jordan Roberts couldn’t get to the unfastened ball on the again submit.
On the different finish Liam Kelly brilliantly palmed away Tom Rogic’s highly effective shot, and Mohamed Elyounoussi’s effort was deflected simply previous a submit.
However because the seconds ticked away Motherwell nearly snatched some extent. Harry Smith met a looping cross, headed in direction of the far submit, and Diego Laxalt needed to clear off the goal-line with nearly the final kick.
Man of the match – Greg Taylor
What did we be taught?
The midweek win over Kilmarnock had put in confidence in Celtic. The early objective settled any early nerves they usually performed to a stage above what they have been at for a while.
However once they conceded their confidence was frazzled, and ultimately they could depend themselves lucky to have taken the factors. Very a lot a case of spectacular going ahead however unconvincing nonetheless on the again.
Motherwell deserve credit score for having an attacking mindset. Within the first half they gave Celtic far an excessive amount of of the ball and had been punished for it, however they stored at it and will on one other day have taken dwelling some extent.
Celtic are away to St Mirren on Wednesay (18:00 GMT), whereas on the identical night Motherwell go to Kilmarnock (18:00).
The right way to play
Fee gamers out of 10 all through or after the sport. The rater will shut half-hour after the ultimate whistle.
Ranking vary key = Give it up = Pure perfection
- 3TaylorSubstituted forLaxaltat 71′minutes
- 8BrownSubstituted forSoroat 70′minutes
- 14TurnbullSubstituted forElyounoussiat 80′minutes
- 10AjetiSubstituted forGriffithsat 68′minutes
- 8CrawfordSubstituted forO’Haraat 68′minutes
- 15MaguireSubstituted forSmithat 81′minutesBooked at 90mins
- 44ColeBooked at 90mins
- 32WattBooked at 68minsSubstituted forRobertsat 69′minutes
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Match ends, Celtic 2, Motherwell 1.
Second Half ends, Celtic 2, Motherwell 1.
Try saved. Harry Smith (Motherwell) header from the suitable aspect of the field is saved within the backside proper nook. Assisted by Jordan Roberts with a cross.
Try blocked. Harry Smith (Motherwell) header from the suitable aspect of the six yard field is blocked. Assisted by Ricki Lamie with a cross.
Foul by Stephen Welsh (Celtic).
Harry Smith (Motherwell) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Harry Smith (Motherwell) is proven the yellow card for a foul foul.
Stephen Welsh (Celtic) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Harry Smith (Motherwell).
Devante Cole (Motherwell) is proven the yellow card for a foul foul.
Ismaila Soro (Celtic) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Devante Cole (Motherwell).
Try saved. Mohamed Elyounoussi (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the field is saved within the centre of the objective. Assisted by Ismaila Soro.
Hand ball by Allan Campbell (Motherwell).
Nook, Celtic. Conceded by Allan Campbell.
Try blocked. Mohamed Elyounoussi (Celtic) left footed shot from exterior the field is blocked. Assisted by Leigh Griffiths.
Foul by Ismaila Soro (Celtic).
Jordan Roberts (Motherwell) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Substitution, Motherwell. Harry Smith replaces Barry Maguire.
Substitution, Celtic. Mohamed Elyounoussi replaces David Turnbull.