Scottish Premiership
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Celtic 2-0 Motherwell

Celtic moved to the top of the Scottish Premiership table after a confident home win against Motherwell.

Anthony Stokes blasted in Celtic's opener from a tight angle after Motherwell keeper Lee Hollis failed to clear midway through the first half.

Immediately after the interval, Kris Commons outstripped the Motherwell defence to lob Hollis.

Fraser Forster again underlined his goalkeeping credentials by denying 'Well's John Sutton's late header.

After the midweek disappointment of narrowly losing out to Barcelona in their Champions League group match, Neil Lennon's men enjoyed a return to form while Stuart McCall's Motherwell should remain fairly contented to hold on to third place, largely thanks to Aberdeen's defeat by Ross County.

The hosts set out their intentions almost immediately when Emilio Izaguirre clipped the ball in to the penalty area and Hollis came out for the cross but ended up swiping at fresh air. Scott Brown pounced with a shot towards goal but it failed to find a way through the Motherwell defence.

Lennon was forced into an early substitution when Adam Matthews found himself on the wrong end of a sliding challenge by Motherwell captain Keith Lasley and had to be stretchered off, James Forrest replacing him.

Charlie Mulgrew then blasted a right-footed shot from 25 yards that deflected off a Motherwell body for a corner.

Commons flicked on a cross into the Motherwell penalty area and, with the ball bobbling around, Hollis was in total disarray before it landed favourably for Stokes to drive home.

Shortly after the half-hour mark, Commons' effort from Virgil van Dijk's cross was kept out by Hollis.

Motherwell pressed as the interval approached but Lionel Ainsworth's effort was high over the crossbar.

Shortly after the break, Commons netted a fine solo effort following a run that took him past Stephen McManus and Lasley.

Van Dijk soon embarked on an unstoppable run of his own down the inside-left channel and drifted past the Motherwell defence only to fire off target.

Substitute Henri Anier, on for Iain Vigurs, had an opportunity to drag Motherwell back into the match after some poor communication in the Celtic defence allowed him to line up a shot but his effort was wayward.

In the closing stages, England squad keeper Forster made a fantastic save, diving low to deny Sutton from close range.

Line-ups

Celtic

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Forster
  • 4Ambrose
  • 5van Dijk
  • 3IzaguirreBooked at 40minsSubstituted forBaldéat 87'minutes
  • 23Lustig
  • 15Commons
  • 2MatthewsSubstituted forForrestat 15'minutes
  • 8Brown
  • 21Mulgrew
  • 20PukkiSubstituted forBitonat 75'minutes
  • 10Stokes

Substitutes

  • 37Atajic
  • 49Forrest
  • 17Baldé
  • 53Henderson
  • 6Biton
  • 24Zaluska
  • 33Kayal

Motherwell

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Hollis
  • 6McManus
  • 5Hutchinson
  • 3Hammell
  • 4Ramsden
  • 17Francis-Angol
  • 18Carswell
  • 14LasleySubstituted forLawsonat 87'minutes
  • 11VigursSubstituted forAnierat 58'minutes
  • 25AinsworthSubstituted forKerrat 63'minutes
  • 9Sutton

Substitutes

  • 22Moore
  • 16McHugh
  • 24Anier
  • 8Lawson
  • 12Nielsen
  • 15Cummins
  • 20Kerr
Referee:
Iain Brines
Attendance:
46,608

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamMotherwell
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home14
Away3
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Celtic 2, Motherwell 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Celtic 2, Motherwell 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Mikael Lustig.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Amido Baldé (Celtic).

  5. Post update

    Stephen McManus (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by John Sutton (Motherwell).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Motherwell. Paul Lawson replaces Keith Lasley.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Celtic. Amido Baldé replaces Emilio Izaguirre.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. John Sutton (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. John Sutton (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Emilio Izaguirre.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Emilio Izaguirre.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Simon Ramsden.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Celtic. Nir Biton replaces Teemu Pukki.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).

  17. Post update

    Fraser Kerr (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kris Commons (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  19. Post update

    Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).