James Forrest scored twice as Celtic overtook Motherwell in the Scottish Premier League with a comfortable home win over the Lanarkshire side.

Forrest fired Celtic in front after nine minutes and the winger had another effort saved after Gary Hooper had struck the Motherwell bar.

Joe Ledley slotted home the hosts' second before the break.

An excellent strike by Ki Sung-Yueng and Forrest's second completed the scoring for Neil Lennon's side.

The win keeps Celtic a point behind leaders Rangers ahead of next weekend's first Old Firm derby of the season.

The home side, who gave recent loan signing Badr El Kaddouri his debut at left-back, started brightly and an excellent passing move provided the opener.

Hooper slipped the ball wide to Anthony Stokes and his low centre was clipped into the net by Forrest on the far side.

Celtic striker Mohamed Bangura

Bangura made his debut as a second-half substitute

Motherwell rallied and produced a decent sequence of their own that ended with Nicky Law laying the ball back for Michael Higdon to fire wide.

Celtic began to turn the screw and a series of crosses into the 'Well box led to Hooper's looping overhead kick rebounding off the top of Darren Randolph's crossbar.

Forrest drew a fine save from Randolph after weaving his way across the 18-yard line.

The visitors were forced into a change when Shaun Hutchinson limped off to be replaced by Chris Humphrey, meaning a reshuffle in defence for Stuart McCall's side.

More neat passing created the chance for Ledley to control and convert from inside the box, Stokes again providing the assist.

A meandering run by Forrest ended with the winger's shot skidding wide and Ledley drew another save from Randolph as the first half wound down.

A mix-up between Tim Clancy and Randolph almost resulted in the former scoring an own goal but, fortunately for Clancy, his wayward passback went out for a corner as Randolph stood stranded.

Adam Matthews and Hooper combined to set up Forrest but the Scotland international dragged his effort across the face of the Motherwell goal.

Ledley teed up Ki for Celtic's third, the midfielder catching the shot perfectly with the outside of his right foot to power it into the top corner.

The cheer for that goal was matched by the welcome for striker Mohamed Bangura, the new signing given his debut as a replacement for Stokes.

A quick break set Forrest through on 74 minutes and the winger's shot took a slight deflection as it beat Randolph.

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90:00 +2:03 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +1:07

James Forrest takes a shot. Kris Commons gets a block in.

87:28

James Forrest produces a cross, Stephen Craigan makes a clearance.

87:01

Corner taken by Kris Commons from the left by-line, Tom Hateley makes a clearance.

85:23

Gary Hooper fouled by Tim Clancy, the ref awards a free kick. Sung-Yeung Ki takes the free kick.

82:52

Inswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley.

82:21

The official flags Mohamed Bangura offside. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.

81:28 Substitution

Substitution Victor Wanyama joins the action as a substitute, replacing Beram Kayal.

80:35

Jamie Murphy crosses the ball, save made by Fraser Forster.

78:39

Darren Randolph takes the free kick.

78:39 Substitution

Substitution Stewart Carswell joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steve Jennings.

78:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy by Adam Matthews.

76:35

Corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley, Gary Hooper manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley, save by Fraser Forster.

75:41

Gary Hooper takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph. Mohamed Bangura is caught offside. Darren Randolph takes the indirect free kick.

73:15

The assist for the goal came from Gary Hooper.

73:15 Goal scored

Goal! - James Forrest - Celtic 4 - 0 Motherwell James Forrest grabs a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Celtic 4-0 Motherwell.

72:46

Beram Kayal has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.

71:56

Free kick taken by Beram Kayal.

71:56 Booking

Booking The referee books Tim Clancy for unsporting behaviour.

71:48

Foul by Tim Clancy on Mohamed Bangura, free kick awarded.

70:12 Substitution

Substitution Joe Ledley goes off and Kris Commons comes on.

70:12

Joe Ledley delivers the ball.

68:18 Substitution

Substitution Mohamed Bangura on for Anthony Stokes.

66:52

Assist on the goal came from Joe Ledley.

66:52 Goal scored

Goal! - Sung-Yeung Ki - Celtic 3 - 0 Motherwell Sung-Yeung Ki fires in a goal from just outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Celtic 3-0 Motherwell.

65:09

Unfair challenge on Keith Lasley by Beram Kayal results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tim Clancy.

63:30

Steve Jennings has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.

63:02

The ball is delivered by Tom Hateley, clearance by Charlie Mulgrew. Corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the right by-line, clearance by Charlie Mulgrew.

61:55

The referee blows for offside. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.

60:07

The ball is swung over by Jamie Murphy, clearance by Badr El Kaddouri. Corner taken by Tom Hateley played to the near post.

59:17

Effort from inside the area by James Forrest misses to the left of the goal.

58:02

Foul by Keith Lasley on Beram Kayal, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Fraser Forster.

55:47

Michael Higdon fouled by Kelvin Wilson, the ref awards a free kick. Tom Hateley fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Sung-Yeung Ki. Corner from the left by-line taken by Tom Hateley, save by Fraser Forster.

54:58

Chris Humphrey concedes a free kick for a foul on Badr El Kaddouri. Free kick crossed by Sung-Yeung Ki, Darren Randolph makes a save.

53:09

Anthony Stokes takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

52:07

Badr El Kaddouri sends in a cross.

50:29

Charlie Mulgrew sends in a cross.

50:00

Short corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki.

47:40

Unfair challenge on Michael Higdon by Kelvin Wilson results in a free kick. Stevie Hammell restarts play with the free kick.

46:50

Inswinging corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki, Foul by Kelvin Wilson on Stephen Craigan, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

45:56

Chris Humphrey sends in a cross, save by Fraser Forster.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +2:05 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

44:44

The ball is delivered by Badr El Kaddouri.

44:18

Joe Ledley takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph.

43:05

Michael Higdon fouled by Kelvin Wilson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Law.

42:35

Shot from just outside the box by James Forrest misses to the right of the goal.

41:59

The assistant referee flags for offside against Gary Hooper. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.

39:44

Tom Hateley takes a shot. Clearance made by Charlie Mulgrew. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the right by-line, clearance by Anthony Stokes. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the right by-line, Kelvin Wilson makes a clearance.

39:02

Keith Lasley fouled by Beram Kayal, the ref awards a free kick. Stevie Hammell restarts play with the free kick.

38:41

The ball is crossed by Chris Humphrey, Beram Kayal makes a clearance.

37:59

Kelvin Wilson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Higdon. Direct free kick taken by Tim Clancy.

36:13

The ball is delivered by Chris Humphrey, clearance made by Charlie Mulgrew.

34:26

Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Sung-Yeung Ki.

34:26 Booking

Booking Gary Hooper shown a yellow card.

34:13 Booking

Booking Steve Jennings receives a yellow card.

33:50

Unfair challenge on Gary Hooper by Steve Jennings results in a free kick.

32:34

Anthony Stokes provided the assist for the goal.

32:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Joe Ledley - Celtic 2 - 0 Motherwell Joe Ledley gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Celtic 2-0 Motherwell.

31:22

Shot from just outside the box by Anthony Stokes goes over the bar.

29:44

Gary Hooper challenges Tim Clancy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.

28:44 Substitution

Substitution Shaun Hutchinson leaves the field to be replaced by Chris Humphrey.

28:18

Michael Higdon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Beram Kayal. Direct free kick taken by Kelvin Wilson.

27:39

James Forrest takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph.

26:46

Gary Hooper takes a shot. Short corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki.

26:17

The ball is crossed by Badr El Kaddouri, Nicky Law manages to make a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line, Steve Jennings makes a clearance.

25:14

The ball is swung over by Tim Clancy, save made by Fraser Forster.

22:42

Michael Higdon concedes a free kick for a foul on Kelvin Wilson. Direct free kick taken by Kelvin Wilson.

17:44

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Badr El Kaddouri by Michael Higdon. Fraser Forster takes the direct free kick.

16:27

Corner from the left by-line taken by Sung-Yeung Ki, Kelvin Wilson produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

15:24

Shot by Michael Higdon from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.

14:29

A cross is delivered by Tim Clancy, clearance by Charlie Mulgrew.

12:18

The ball is swung over by Nicky Law, Kelvin Wilson makes a clearance.

10:47

Beram Kayal gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Keith Lasley. Keith Lasley restarts play with the free kick.

8:01

The assist for the goal came from Anthony Stokes.

8:01 Goal scored

Goal! - James Forrest - Celtic 1 - 0 Motherwell James Forrest finds the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Celtic 1-0 Motherwell.

5:39

Badr El Kaddouri sends in a cross. The referee blows for offside against Gary Hooper. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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