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Scottish Premiership: Celtic 7-0 Motherwell

Celtic captain Scott Brown lifts the Premiership trophy
Celtic were presented with the Scottish Premiership trophy at full time

Ronny Deila's last game as Celtic manager ended in an annihilation of a bewildered Motherwell in Glasgow.

The slick champions scored three in the first half through Kieran Tierney - his first for the club - Tom Rogic and Mikael Lustig.

They got another four in the second from Stuart Armstrong, Patrick Roberts, Ryan Christie and, remarkably, from their substitute, Jack Aitchison.

At 16 years and 71 days, Aitchison is Celtic's youngest-ever debutant.

The striker came on with 15 minutes left and promptly scored with his first touch.

Seven goals was the least Celtic deserved. In truth, had they scored 14 then Motherwell could scarcely have raised an objection.

If there was any doubt as to what kind of performance Celtic could find on Deila's last day then it was answered early and emphatically.

Kieran Tierney celebrates with Celtic
Kieran Tierney opened the scoring with his first Celtic goal

Even before they opened the scoring midway through the first half, they created a long series of decent chances.

Rogic went close on three different occasions, Christie had two opportunities and Lustig one.

From the get-go, Celtic had a dynamism about them that Motherwell couldn't even get close to living with.

Sure, it was a match with nothing at stake, but there was a tempo and an accuracy about their game that was exhilarating.

In the absence of midfielders Scott Brown and Nir Bitton, they had the brake off and they were relentless.

The rout was started by Tierney, a fitting flourish in a terrific breakthrough season for the teenage left-back. He cut in from the left and beat Conor Ripley at his near post.

Five minutes later, Rogic made it two and this one had a lot to do with the excellent Armstrong, who, after playing a one-two with Christie, hit a post with his shot. Rogic was on hand to tap in the loose ball.

The home fans had barely retaken their seats when it was three. An Armstrong corner was missed by the flapping Ripley and was headed home at the back post by Lustig.

Motherwell knew what was coming next - waves and waves of green and white. When they had the ball, they couldn't keep it. When they didn't have it, they didn't have a clue how to get it.

They were utterly bamboozled by Celtic's energy and should have been four behind before the break when Ripley tipped a Rogic shot into Christie's air-space. The former Inverness Caledonian Thistle youngster had to score but put it over, much to his embarrassment.

Not that it mattered because Celtic continued the deconstruction just after the break, Armstrong teeing himself up with a nice first touch and an even nicer second one, a delicious hit into Ripley's top corner.

Celtic Park lapped up this ruthless version of a team they have seen toil too often this season - a fast-moving, creative force that refused to ease Motherwell's torture.

Celtic's Jack Aitchison celebrates his goal
Jack Aitchison, Celtic's youngest-ever debutant, scored on his debut

The visitors were like sitting ducks. This was a feeble and mortifying end to their season.

The fifth came quickly, Armstrong's good work starting it and Roberts' curling finish ending it. Motherwell backed off him and duly got what they deserved.

Four minutes later, the sixth arrived, Rogic playing Christie through and this time he made no mistake, drilling his shot past the hopelessly isolated, and totally befuddled, Ripley.

The great feel-good goal was the last one, though. Aitchison, born in 2000, slammed home his first shot on goal in senior football, a strike that will live forever in his memory no matter how many he goes on to score at this level.

For Deila, it was the perfect send-off. As the supporters of his soon-to-be former club celebrated the title into the night, the manager would be on a flight out of Glasgow, back to Norway, back to the life he had before he entered the mad world of Scottish football.

After this rout, he would have left with a smile. A bittersweet one for sure.

Line-ups

Celtic

  • 1Gordon
  • 63TierneySubstituted forIzaguirreat 56'minutes
  • 28Sviatchenko
  • 4Ambrose
  • 23Lustig
  • 42McGregor
  • 25Johansen
  • 27Roberts
  • 18RogicSubstituted forAitchisonat 75'minutes
  • 14ArmstrongSubstituted forJankoat 84'minutes
  • 17Christie

Substitutes

  • 3Izaguirre
  • 6Bitton
  • 19Allan
  • 22Janko
  • 26Bailly
  • 49Forrest
  • 99Aitchison

Motherwell

  • 1Ripley
  • 11Johnson
  • 6McManus
  • 32Hall
  • 28WattSubstituted forKennedyat 45'minutes
  • 8Pearson
  • 17GomisBooked at 52mins
  • 26Cadden
  • 7AinsworthSubstituted forChalmersat 45'minutes
  • 77McDonald
  • 20Moult

Substitutes

  • 5Laing
  • 13Samson
  • 15Chalmers
  • 16Kennedy
  • 21Leitch
  • 23Thomas
  • 43Turnbull
Referee:
Euan Anderson
Attendance:
49,050

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamMotherwell
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home24
Away2
Shots on Target
Home17
Away1
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Celtic 7, Motherwell 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celtic 7, Motherwell 0.

Saidy Janko (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joe Chalmers (Motherwell).

Foul by Jack Aitchison (Celtic).

Morgaro Gomis (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Saidy Janko replaces Stuart Armstrong.

Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kieran Kennedy (Motherwell).

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Kieran Kennedy.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Craig Gordon.

Attempt saved. Morgaro Gomis (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Ryan Christie (Celtic).

Louis Moult (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 7, Motherwell 0. Jack Aitchison (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Stefan Johansen (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Louis Moult (Motherwell).

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Jack Aitchison replaces Tomas Rogic.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Kieran Kennedy.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Scott McDonald.

Attempt missed. Ryan Christie (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Connor Ripley.

Ryan Christie (Celtic) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box.

Attempt missed. Efe Ambrose (Celtic) header from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Connor Ripley.

Attempt saved. Patrick Roberts (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

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

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 6, Motherwell 0. Ryan Christie (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tomas Rogic.

Hand ball by Ryan Christie (Celtic).

Attempt missed. Stephen McManus (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Emilio Izaguirre replaces Kieran Tierney.

Foul by Callum McGregor (Celtic).

Louis Moult (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 5, Motherwell 0. Patrick Roberts (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Callum McGregor.

Attempt missed. Tomas Rogic (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Booking

Morgaro Gomis (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tomas Rogic (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Morgaro Gomis (Motherwell).

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 4, Motherwell 0. Stuart Armstrong (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Mikael Lustig.

Ryan Christie (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic38268493316286
2Aberdeen382251162481471
3Hearts381811959401965
4St Johnstone38168145855356
5Motherwell38155184763-1650
6Ross County38146185561-648
7Inverness CT381410145448652
8Dundee381115125357-448
9Partick Thistle381210164150-946
10Hamilton381110174263-2143
11Kilmarnock3899204164-2336
12Dundee Utd3887234570-2528
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