Celtic 2-1 Motherwell: Again-to-back wins for Neil Lennon’s aspect

Celtic 2-1 Motherwell: Again-to-back wins for Neil Lennon’s aspect

Odsonne Edouard scored Celtic's crucial second goal
Odsonne Edouard scored Celtic’s essential second objective

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

Celtic's Greg Taylor
The complete-back was a continuing menace down the left hand aspect for Celtic, linking properly with Callum McGregor and Albian Ajeti and offering some good crosses into the field.

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.

What’s subsequent?

Celtic are away to St Mirren on Wednesay (18:00 GMT), whereas on the identical night Motherwell go to Kilmarnock (18:00).

assistThe 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 key1 = Give it up10 = Pure perfection

Celtic

  1. Squad quantity29Participant titleBain

  2. Squad quantity16Participant titleKenny

  3. Squad quantity57Participant titleWelsh

  4. Squad quantity35Participant titleAjer

  5. Squad quantity3Participant titleTaylor

  6. Squad quantity8Participant titleBrown

  7. Squad quantity14Participant titleTurnbull

  8. Squad quantity42Participant titleMcGregor

  9. Squad quantity18Participant titleRogic

  10. Squad quantity22Participant titleEdouard

  11. Squad quantity10Participant titleAjeti

  1. Squad quantity9Participant titleGriffiths

  2. Squad quantity12Participant titleSoro

  3. Squad quantity27Participant titleElyounoussi

  4. Squad quantity93Participant titleLaxalt

Motherwell

  1. Squad quantity13Participant titleKelly

  2. Squad quantity33Participant titleO’Donnell

  3. Squad quantity16Participant titleMugabi

  4. Squad quantity4Participant titleLamie

  5. Squad quantity3Participant titleCarroll

  6. Squad quantity6Participant titleCampbell

  7. Squad quantity8Participant titleCrawford

  8. Squad quantity15Participant titleMaguire

  9. Squad quantity9Participant titleLengthy

  10. Squad quantity44Participant titleCole

  11. Squad quantity32Participant titleWatt

  1. Squad quantity7Participant titleO’Hara

  2. Squad quantity29Participant titleSmith

  3. Squad quantity39Participant titleRoberts

Line-ups

Celtic

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 29Bain
  • 16Kenny
  • 57Welsh
  • 35Ajer
  • 3TaylorSubstituted forLaxaltat 71′minutes
  • 8BrownSubstituted forSoroat 70′minutes
  • 14TurnbullSubstituted forElyounoussiat 80′minutes
  • 42McGregor
  • 18Rogic
  • 22Edouard
  • 10AjetiSubstituted forGriffithsat 68′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Barkas
  • 4Duffy
  • 9Griffiths
  • 11Klimala
  • 12Soro
  • 19Johnston
  • 27Elyounoussi
  • 52Henderson
  • 93Laxalt

Motherwell

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Kelly
  • 33O’Donnell
  • 16Mugabi
  • 4Lamie
  • 3Carroll
  • 6Campbell
  • 8CrawfordSubstituted forO’Haraat 68′minutes
  • 15MaguireSubstituted forSmithat 81′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9Lengthy
  • 44ColeBooked at 90mins
  • 32WattBooked at 68minsSubstituted forRobertsat 69′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7O’Hara
  • 11Hastie
  • 19Polworth
  • 23Morrison
  • 26Cornelius
  • 27Johnston
  • 29Smith
  • 39Roberts
  • 40Magloire

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