Scottish League Cup - Second Round
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Celtic 5-0 Motherwell

Tom Rogic volleys home Celtic's opening goal
Tom Rogic volleys home Celtic's opening goal in a fine all-round performance

Celtic thundered into the League Cup quarter-finals with a five-goal pummelling of beleaguered Motherwell.

Tom Rogic scored two, the first a thumping volley. So did Moussa Dembele - one from the penalty spot.

Scott Sinclair got his second goal on his first start for his new club. This was Celtic at their ruthless best.

For Motherwell boss Mark McGhee, the only blessing was the scoreline wasn't even uglier. Only keeper Craig Samson's excellence prevented double figures.

They conceded seven the last time they visited Celtic Park in May. Their survivors from that team would have had flashbacks.

Celtic were inspired, principally, by the wonderful Sinclair and Rogic. Those two were relentless all night and rendered redundant Leigh Griffiths' absence through suspension.

Sinclair was a dervish and Rogic a classy menace. The pair of them were nightmarish handfuls for Motherwell. The Australian played in behind Dembele and the whole thing clicked from the get-go. James Forrest had his moments up there as well.

Motherwell played five at the back, but they might have played 15 back there and it wouldn't have made much difference.

They were behind after 20 minutes. Sinclair had already gone close, but when Callum McGregor dinked a chip over the Motherwell defence and into Rogic, you knew what was coming next.

Rogic had time and space to take it down, turn and rifle his shot past Samson.

Celtic kicked on from there. Sinclair sparked a counter-attack, Rogic had a shot saved by Samson, then Dembele smacked the rebound off the crossbar before Rogic followed up to force another save from Samson.

The Motherwell goalkeeper was outstanding but was helpless when Dembele doubled the lead from the spot after Sinclair was taken down in the box by Richard Tait.

Scott Sinclair celebrates his second goal for Celtic
Sinclair curled in a superb goal on his first start, after grabbing the winner as a substitute against Hearts

Samson was at it again soon after, making another double save from Sinclair and Rogic.

Sinclair should have scored early in the second half. So, too, Dembele, who curled a shot over after terrific build-up play by Rogic and Sinclair.

There were only occasional signs of a threat from Motherwell, quickly snuffed out by another torrent of Celtic goals.

Sinclair cut inside from the left and pinged his shot into Samson's top corner for the third, then Dembele got his second from close-range with the help of a slight deflection.

Rogic wrapped it up after Forrest drove in from the left and fired at Samson, who could only parry it into the Australian's path.

In the closing stages, Brendan Rodgers brought on some of his youth to add more feel-good for the home fans - 17-year-old Anthony Ralston and 19-year-old Jamie McCart entering what was long since a rout.

Post-match reaction:

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers: "In the first half some of our attacking game at speed was excellent and in the second half we counter-pressed very well, which allowed us to create more chances.

"All round from the first minute to the end it was fantastic. The level of performance at this stage of the season was very good.

"Scott Sinclair will make other players better. We are very fortunate to have him. He is a Premier League player down south. He is so fast and dynamic, and gets you off your feet. He had a wonderful first game here."

Motherwell boss Mark McGhee: "We were totally outclassed. Celtic were flying, [Tom] Rogic and their wide players were brilliant at times, but we weren't as good as we can be.

"There was a lot of energy expended just chasing them and whenever we did win the ball back, we weren't able to keep it for long because we were fatigued.

"We have to move on quickly. St Johnstone on Saturday will be a difficult game but it will be different from tonight."

Line-ups

Celtic

  • 1Gordon
  • 22JankoSubstituted forRalstonat 82'minutes
  • 23LustigSubstituted forMccartat 69'minutes
  • 34O'Connell
  • 3Izaguirre
  • 8BrownSubstituted forHendersonat 73'minutes
  • 18Rogic
  • 42McGregor
  • 49Forrest
  • 10Dembele
  • 11Sinclair

Substitutes

  • 7Ciftci
  • 14Armstrong
  • 17Christie
  • 38Fasan
  • 50Mccart
  • 53Henderson
  • 56Ralston

Motherwell

  • 1Samson
  • 2Tait
  • 4Heneghan
  • 6McManus
  • 3HammellSubstituted forAinsworthat 45'minutes
  • 12Cadden
  • 14Lasley
  • 20Clay
  • 15Chalmers
  • 11Johnson
  • 77McDonald

Substitutes

  • 5Laing
  • 7Ainsworth
  • 13Brill
  • 18Lucas
  • 23Thomas
  • 25Ferguson
  • 29Mackin
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
20,165

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamMotherwell
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home26
Away4
Shots on Target
Home16
Away0
Corners
Home12
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Celtic 5, Motherwell 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celtic 5, Motherwell 0.

Attempt missed. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Liam Henderson (Celtic).

Keith Lasley (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Craig Samson.

Attempt saved. Liam Henderson (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Anthony Ralston replaces Saidy Janko.

Attempt missed. Tomas Rogic (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 5, Motherwell 0. Tomas Rogic (Celtic) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Moussa Dembele (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Liam Henderson replaces Scott Brown.

Foul by Eoghan O'Connell (Celtic).

Marvin Johnson (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Jamie Mccart replaces Mikael Lustig.

Foul by Tomas Rogic (Celtic).

Joe Chalmers (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Richard Tait.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Stephen McManus.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 4, Motherwell 0. Moussa Dembele (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 3, Motherwell 0. Scott Sinclair (Celtic) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Callum McGregor.

James Forrest (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Chalmers (Motherwell).

Attempt missed. Scott McDonald (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Scott Brown (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. James Forrest (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Moussa Dembele (Celtic) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the right.

James Forrest (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Chalmers (Motherwell).

Foul by Eoghan O'Connell (Celtic).

Scott McDonald (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Scott Sinclair (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Ben Heneghan.

Attempt missed. Ben Heneghan (Motherwell) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Eoghan O'Connell.

Second Half

Second Half begins Celtic 2, Motherwell 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Lionel Ainsworth replaces Steven Hammell.

Half Time

First Half ends, Celtic 2, Motherwell 0.

Foul by Saidy Janko (Celtic).

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Peterhead42118628
2East Fife42115418
3Dundee4211155107
4Forfar4112411-75
5Dumbarton4022713-62

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1St Johnstone4310112910
2Falkirk42025416
3Stirling420267-16
4Brechin411258-35
5Elgin4103612-63

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Inverness CT43101531210
2Dundee Utd4220103710
3Dunfermline42027706
4Cowdenbeath4103411-73
5Arbroath4013113-121

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Alloa4400102812
2Raith Rovers42115418
3Ross County421111477
4Cove Rangers4103413-93
5Montrose400418-70

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Partick Thistle440092712
2Queen of Sth43016249
3Airdrieonians411257-25
4Queen's Park411257-24
5Stenhousemuir400429-70

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers44001001012
2Motherwell43019369
3Stranraer420258-36
4Annan Athletic410347-33
5East Stirlingshire4004111-100

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hamilton430110559
2Ayr43015239
3St Mirren43017529
4Livingston410367-13
5Edinburgh City4004211-90

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Morton431050511
2Kilmarnock42115507
3Clyde411245-15
4Albion403112-15
5Berwick402236-32
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