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Summary

  1. FT: Motherwell 1-1 Celtic (Lustig og; Sinclair pen)
  2. Lustig diverts Tanner free-kick into own net
  3. FT: Rangers 3-0 Aberdeen (Tavernier 2, Pena)
  4. Tavernier slots pen; Pena converts Holt cross; Tavernier converts cross
  5. McGregor, twice, & Tierney efforts saved by Carson
  6. Motherwell play 2nd of 3 games v Celtic in 7 days
  7. Rangers face Dons in 1st of 2 meetings in 5 days
  8. Celtic unbeaten in 65 domestic games

Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

Goodbye

What a night. It looked like Celtic's long unbeaten domestic run was coming to a shuddering end at Fir Park following Mikael Lustig's own goal. However, a late penalty from substitute Scott Sinclair means Brendan Rodgers' side stretch their unbeaten run to 66 games.

Meanwhile, Rangers coasted to victory over 10-man Aberdeen at Ibrox with a James Tavernier double and a Carlos Pena strike.

Motherwell 1-1 Celtic

Rangers 3-0 Aberdeen

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'You see lots of those penalties'

FT: Motherwell 1-1 Celtic

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers on BBC Radio Scotland: "We’ve scored in every single domestic game since I’ve come in and we always believe we can score.

"I didn’t think it was a foul [for the free-kick that led to Motherwell's goal], I thought Scott Brown was getting back really well, won the battle of the arms with his strength.

"But the free-kick comes in and we’re unfortunate to score an own-goal. Yet again, the question is asked of the players. And I think you see from the game tonight why the run they’re on is such a special achievement because you can lose any game of football in many different ways.

"I thought it was a penalty. We go through, we should score, the keeper gets back in and follows it up really well. I give credit to Callum because he reacts really quickly, the ball comes out and you see lots of those penalties.

Brendan Rodgers
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Brendan Rodgers

"Callum was really good, gets his body in front to protect the ball and Rose is a wee bit keen and eager at that stage of the game to get to the ball. He makes contact with him in the box, and knocks him over. To be fair to Willie, he’s right on it, he sees it and he gives the penalty."

"There’s nobody better in that situation – Scott scored two penalties for me at Wembley in front of over 90,000 people. Whether it’s 90,000, 60,000 or 9,000, like it was tonight, I’ll always fancy him to score. He tucked it away really well and coped with that pressure. Of course the crowd were giving him a wee bit of stick but it doesn’t bother him. He’s a boy with great temperament and he showed that tonight."

'It feels a wee bit like a defeat'

FT: Motherwell 1-1 Celtic

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson on BBC Radio Scotland: "I’m disappointed for the boys, I'm ever so proud of them. The squad we’ve put together never say die and have put a terrific performance on there.

"Not many teams create that many chances against Celtic. Credit to Celtic, they never give in and they’ve got some talented, talented boys. But I think we were well worthy of a result tonight.

"I’m not going to make a comment on [the penalty], I’ll let people judge for themselves. It’s disappointing we’ve not gone on and won the game because of that.

"What I will say is if we were allowed to play the game with 11 men on Sunday, perhaps it would’ve been a terrific cup final.

"It feels a wee bit like a defeat, if I’m being honest. We even had chances towards the end when we broke.

"But it shows their level of commitment and desire and they won’t let that get to them. But I just want to talk about the football, the good players in the Celtic side, the great boys in our side, not referees."

Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson
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Stephen Robinson

Murty hails 'mature' McCrorie

FT: Rangers 3-0 Aberdeen

Rangers interim manager Graeme Murty talking to Sky Sports: "Ross [McCrorie] was outstanding, his reading of the game, use of the ball, athleticism, for a man of those young years to show that maturity shows that well for the future.

"We have to make sure we pat him on the head and tell him how well he's done.

"Any goals will do. We've played in games like that and haven't managed to get the goals. I think you saw the confidence running through the team - that's what goals do for you.

"This is the benchmark. The players know what they're capable of, I know too. I see the level they're capable of performing at - that's the only thing that will satisfy our fans."

Ross McCrorie tackles Ryan Christie
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Ross McCrorie tackles Ryan Christie

Another 'sore one' for 'Well

FT: Motherwell 1-1 Celtic

James McFadden

Former Motherwell forward on BBC Radio Scotland

"Motherwell have every right to be aggrieved. Trevor Carson was outstanding, they defended excellently, Celtic were limited to very little chances.

"For that then to be a penalty is really hard for them.

"They're thinking thery're going to avenge the loss - they won't get a medal, but they're going to stop the Celtic winning run.

"For it not even to be through good play or being cut open, it'll be a sore one for them to take.

"You do want to ask the referee, once you've stopped shouting at him, can you just tell me why you've given the penalty? He'll just tell you it was a penalty, and tell you to go away."

Motherwell's Andy Rose fouls Callum McGregor in the box
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Motherwell's Andy Rose fouls Callum McGregor in the box

'Don't do anything!'

FT: Motherwell 1-1 Celtic

Pat Bonner

Former Celtic goalkeeper on BBC Radio Scotland

"The goalkeeper [Trevor Carson] has made two brilliant saves, the ball is not in a dangerous area, it's going away from goal - don't do anything!"

'Terrible decision'

FT: Motherwell 1-1 Celtic

Billy Dodds

BBC Scotland summariser

"Rose should exaggerate, kid on that he's going in for the tackle, then step off a quarter-yard. As soon as he goes leg-to-leg, you're giving him an opportunity.

"It's never a penalty, but as soon as there's that brush, leg-to-leg, McGregor goes over, Willie Collum's arm goes up - terrible decision."

'Was it a penalty? No chance'

FT: Motherwell 1-1 Celtic

Willie Miller

Former Scotland defender on BBC Sportsound

"Class act from Sinclair to step up and take it after the cup final and the abuse he was getting, and what a penalty.

"Was it a penalty? No chance. McGregor's going away from goal, there is a little bit of contact and he goes down.

"There's no way it's in a goalscoring position, it's straightforward body contact, there is no intent, no arm coming up that could con the referee.

"Body contact happens all the time, particularly in that time of the game - but if you want controversy, you've got the right referee, and he gave us it."

FULL-TIME Motherwell 1-1 Celtic

What a game at Fir Park. Motherwell, through Mikael Lustig's own goal, appeared destined to bring Celtic's 65-match unbeaten domestic run to an end... only for substitute Scott Sinclair to equalise from the spot.

FULL-TIME Rangers 3-0 Aberdeen

Rangers coast to victory against 10-man Aberdeen, courtesy of a double from James Tavernier and Carlos Pena.

'Brave' Sinclair may save Celtic

Motherwell 1-1 Celtic

Pat Bonner

Former Celtic goalkeeper on BBC Radio Scotland

"Great bravery from Sinclair to step up, take the penalty, and there was no doubt - top corner, gave Carson, who has been the hero tonight, no chance at all."

GOAL Motherwell 1-1 Celtic

Scott Sinclair

Bedlam inside Fir Park. McGregor is adjudged to have been fouled in the box after Carson brilliantly saves a Rogic shot. The ball spins in the air and Andy Rose, according to referee WIllie Collum, fouls McGregor. Scott Sinclair grabs the ball and fires the penalty into the top corner of the net.

Could that strike preserve Celtic's unbeaten run?

Celtic's Scott Sinclair fires home the equaliser to preserve his side's unbeaten domestic run
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Celtic's Scott Sinclair fires home the equaliser to preserve his side's unbeaten domestic run

PENALTY FOR CELTIC

HITS THE WOODWORK

Motherwell 1-0 Celtic

An equaliser at Fir Park? No! Celtic substitute Tom Rogic fires in a howitzer that comes back off the post and into the grateful arms of Trevor Carson. Incredible end to this game.

RED CARD Aberdeen's Ryan Christie

Aberdeen's misery is compounded as Ryan Christie receives his marching orders for a second bookable offence for clattering into the back of Ross McCrorie.

CLOSE!

Motherwell 1-0 Celtic

Scott Sinclair scampers down the left before cutting inside and firing a shot at goal... but Motherwell keeper Trevor Carson is equal to it.

Nine minutes plus added time for Celtic to try to find an equaliser and preserve their long domestic unbeaten run. Or, can the Steelmen hold on for a famous victory?

'Celtic will keep their heads'

Motherwell 1-0 Celtic

Pat Bonner

Former Celtic goalkeeper on BBC Radio Scotland

"It's a real challenge for Celtic now - they've responded in the past, in worse positions than this. They will keep their concentration and their heads, they don't need to panic yet. There's a bit to go in this game."

GOAL Motherwell 1-0 Celtic

Mikael Lustig own goal

Hang on a second. The hosts break the deadlock as Mikael Lustig turns a Motherwell free kick into his own net.

The last time Celtic were beaten domestically? 11 May 2016, against St Johnstone, 65 games ago...

Celtic change

Motherwell 0-0 Celtic

Scott Sinclair comes on - accompanied by some pantomime boos from the Motherwell supporters - replacing Stuart Armstrong.

Moments later, Carl McHugh is booked for clattering Callum McGregor.

'The linesman has got to put his flag up'

Rangers 3-0 Aberdeen

Billy Dodds

BBC Scotland summariser

"When I first looked at it, I was thinking, he must be offside, I was just waiting for the flag to go up.

"The linesman is right in line with it - there is no way out for him, he has got to put his flag up. It's just a poor, poor decision."

GOAL Rangers 3-0 Aberdeen

James Tavernier

Josh Windass whips cross in and James Tavernier converts from close range, but looked to have been offside when the ball was delivered.

"It's a terrible decision," says BBC Sportsound commentator Rob Maclean. "That's game over."

'Night & day' for second-half Dons

Rangers 2-0 Aberdeen

Willie Miller

Former Aberdeen defender on BBC Sportsound

"Aberdeen are looking much, much better, night and day from the first half, where they were all over the place.

"They're understand the shape better, moving, creating little pockets, Mackay-Steven down the left-hand side and putting some pressure on Rangers.

"But Rangers have got that two-goal lead, you would think the Dons have to get something pretty quickly to get back into the game."

Without Frear or favour...

Motherwell 0-0 Celtic

Another Motherwell change: Craig Tanner coming on for Elliott Frear. The substitute almost makes an impact, seeing his header fly wide from Chris Cadden's cross.

YELLOW CARD

Rangers 2-0 Aberdeen

Rangers defender Bruno Alves booked for a lunging tackle on Graeme Shinnie. "Any contact for me and he's gone," says BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds.

Time for Rooney?

Rangers 2-0 Aberdeen

Billy Dodds

BBC Scotland summariser

"Aberdeen aren't getting enough bodies in the box. It's maybe time for an Adam Rooney who sniffs out chances, gets himself in the box.

"They need some physicality, but also a natural goalscorer now. There are not enough Aberdeen bodies hitting the box when they do work an opportunity."

Celtic pressure

Motherwell 0-0 Celtic

Another chance spurned for Celtic as Callum McGregor darts into the penalty area, only to see his low drive fly inches wide of the Motherwell goal.

SAVE

Rangers 2-0 Aberdeen

Ryan Christie tries his luck from 20 yards, but his effort with the outside of his left foot goes straight to Wes Foderingham in the Rangers goal.

Hour gone in tonight's games...

Half an hour remaining at Ibrox and Fir Park - can we expect any more fireworks?

YELLOW CARD

Rangers 2-0 Aberdeen

Aberdeen's Ryan Christie joins Holt in the book for his angry reaction to the Rangers midfielder's foul on Shinnie. Shortly after, Kenny Miller slides in on Kenny McLean - again, things threatening to boil over at Ibrox.

'Magnificent' from Carson

Motherwell 0-0 Celtic

Pat Bonner

Former Celtic goalkeeper on BBC Radio Scotland

"Motherwell are thankful to their goalkeeper tonight - Trevor Carson has made three very good saves, and that one there was magnificent, to get down so quickly to his right-hand-side."

GREAT SAVE!

Motherwell 0-0 Celtic

Trevor Carson is having a fine evening in the Motherwell goal. Callum McGregor creates space for himself and drills in a low shot that looks destined for the bottom left corner, before Carson dives low to divert it wide of the post.

YELLOW CARD

Rangers 2-0 Aberdeen

Rangers midfielder Jason Holt is booked for a heavy foul on Graeme Shinnie; the Aberdeen players are unhappy with that challenge. Referee Andrew Dallas produces the yellow card and restores calm.

War of attrition

Motherwell 0-0 Celtic

We're still awaiting the opening goal at Fir Park. Who will provide a spark?

Louis Moult and Dedryck Boyata tussle for possession
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Fir Park has yet to witness a goal in a fiercely contested encounter

SAVE

Rangers 2-0 Aberdeen

Rangers defender Danny Wilson meets a corner at the near post and flicks the ball just wide of the upright. The hosts remain two goals to the good at Ibrox.

Dons set-pieces a chink of light

Rangers 2-0 Aberdeen

Billy Dodds

BBC Scotland summariser

"Set-pieces have probably been Aberdeen's best threats of the game. They've got good movement, Derek McInne sets his teams up well at set-pieces, but that one wasn't delivered into a great area."

YELLOW CARD

Motherwell 0-0 Celtic

Allan Campbell earns a booking for pulling back Stuart Armstrong. Neither side has been able to create a wee bit of magic in front of goal...yet.

Tierney teaser

Motherwell 0-0 Celtic

Celtic on the attack in the early stages of this second half, with Kieran Tierney at the heart of it. First he finds Leigh Griffiths in the box, but the striker's shot is blocked, as is James Forrest's follow-up effort. Tierney then fires another cross right across the face of goal, but Griffiths is unable to get on the end of it.

Robinson shuffles Motherwell pack

The Steelmen have a new look for the second half: Andy Rose is on for Deimantas Petravicius.