Debutant Tony Watt came off the bench to fire two goals as Scottish Premier League champions Celtic dealt a blow to Motherwell's European ambitions.

Celtic's Pawel Brozek fired wide and had another effort saved while 'Well's Chris Humphrey was twice denied by Lukasz Zaluska during the first half.

Watt volleyed the visitors ahead on 63 minutes and quickly struck his second.

Motherwell were unable to rally and Cha Du-Ri headed a third for Celtic seven minutes from the end.

Stuart McCall's side are now just three points ahead of fourth-place Dundee United with four games to play.

Rangers' vastly superior goal difference means they are now just a point away from sealing the runners-up spot but the Ibrox side are unlikely to be eligible for European football next season, which would give the team finishing third a Champions League qualifying berth with Celtic.

The visitors made the early running with Kris Commons, Brozek and Victor Wanyama all unable to hit the target.

Motherwell's first real chance came midway through the first half when the pacy Humphrey got in behind Emilio Izaguirre and hammered a volley towards goal that was beaten away by Zaluska.

Celtic striker Tony Watt

Watt scored twice in three second-half minutes

And the Celtic stand-in keeper soon denied Humphrey again after the winger had struck a low drive from outside the area.

Wanyama's driving run and pass opened up space for Brozek on the edge of the Motherwell box but, with the goal at his mercy, the on-loan Trabzonspor striker stabbed his shot wide.

Omar Daley fired into the arms of Zaluska and, at the other end, Commons flashed another shot wide following another forceful run by Wanyama.

And Celtic had one more chance before the break as Brozek burst into the box off Commons' pass and forced keeper Darren Randolph to save with his feet.

Paddy McCourt, who had replaced the injured Ki Sung-Yueng before the interval, opened up the home defence with a superb splitting pass but Cha's hesitant pass was easily gathered by Randolph, the full-back left to rue his decision not to shoot.

Youngster Watt was introduced for Brozek and quickly broke the deadlock.

Wanyama's back-post cross found the striker at a tight angle but he connected powerfully with the outside of his boot and Randolph could not stop it crossing the line.

And, within three minutes, Watt had doubled his tally, firing across Randolph into the net after being found by Joe Ledley.

Cha completed the scoring when he met McCourt's deep cross with a powerful header, Randolph only able to get a touch on the ball as it flew past him.

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (5)

Motherwell

  • 01 Randolph
  • 03 Hammell
  • 15 Hutchinson
  • 22 Clancy
  • 04 Law
  • 06 Hateley
  • 07 Humphrey
  • 08 Jennings
  • 17 Daley (Ojamaa - 60' )
  • 26 Carswell (Murphy - 67' )
  • 09 Higdon

Substitutes

  • 12 Hollis
  • 02 Saunders
  • 23 Halsman
  • 11 Murphy
  • 16 McHugh
  • 18 Forbes
  • 24 Ojamaa

Celtic

  • 24 Zaluska
  • 03 Izaguirre
  • 11 Cha Du-Ri
  • 21 Mulgrew
  • 25 Rogne
  • 16 Ledley
  • 18 Ki Sung-Yeung (McCourt - 41' )
  • 67 Wanyama
  • 15 Commons (Lustig - 77' )
  • 17 Brozek (Watt - 59' )
  • 88 Hooper

Substitutes

  • 01 Forster
  • 23 Lustig
  • 39 Blackman
  • 20 McCourt
  • 10 Stokes
  • 14 Bangura
  • 32 Watt
Ref: O'Reilly
Att: 8,760

Match Stats

Shots

12 18

On target

7 10

Corners

4 4

Fouls

11 5

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:02 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +0:43

Shot by Tony Watt. Save made by Darren Randolph.

88:54

Shot from just outside the box by Emilio Izaguirre goes over the crossbar.

86:43

Gary Hooper takes a shot from 20 yards. Blocked by Stevie Hammell.

84:57

Corner from the left by-line taken by Tom Hateley, Unfair challenge on Charlie Mulgrew by Michael Higdon results in a free kick. Lukasz Zaluska takes the direct free kick.

82:13

Assist on the goal came from Patrick McCourt.

82:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Du-Ri Cha - Motherwell 0 - 3 Celtic Du-Ri Cha finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Motherwell 0-3 Celtic.

81:00

Stevie Hammell takes a shot. Save made by Lukasz Zaluska.

79:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Emilio Izaguirre by Henrik Ojamaa. Lukasz Zaluska restarts play with the free kick.

78:39

Effort on goal by Tom Hateley from 35 yards missed to the left of the goal.

77:59

Foul by Michael Higdon on Joe Ledley, free kick awarded. Mikael Lustig takes the free kick.

76:36

Free kick taken by Lukasz Zaluska.

76:36 Substitution

Substitution Mikael Lustig joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kris Commons.

76:36

Unfair challenge on Victor Wanyama by Michael Higdon results in a free kick.

76:11

Gary Hooper concedes a free kick for a foul on Tim Clancy. Stevie Hammell restarts play with the free kick.

75:03

Shot from outside the box by Henrik Ojamaa goes wide right of the target.

74:00

The assistant referee signals for offside against Tony Watt. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

73:20

The official flags Jamie Murphy offside. Indirect free kick taken by Lukasz Zaluska.

72:45

Effort from 20 yards by Henrik Ojamaa. Blocked by Charlie Mulgrew.

70:38

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

70:12

Short corner worked by Kris Commons.

69:59

Kris Commons takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.

68:31

Shot from just outside the box by Chris Humphrey misses to the right of the target.

67:49

Inswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley, Thomas Rogne makes a clearance.

66:59 Substitution

Substitution (Motherwell) makes a substitution, with Jamie Murphy coming on for Stewart Carswell.

65:03

Assist on the goal came from Joe Ledley.

65:03 Goal scored

Goal! - Tony Watt - Motherwell 0 - 2 Celtic Tony Watt gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Motherwell 0-2 Celtic.

62:28

Victor Wanyama provided the assist for the goal.

62:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Tony Watt - Motherwell 0 - 1 Celtic A goal is scored by Tony Watt from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Motherwell 0-1 Celtic.

61:19

Tony Watt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Hateley. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

59:49 Substitution

Substitution Omar Daley leaves the field to be replaced by Henrik Ojamaa.

58:53 Substitution

Substitution Tony Watt comes on in place of Pawel Brozek.

52:36

Shot from just outside the area by Joe Ledley misses to the left of the target.

50:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stewart Carswell on Joe Ledley. Patrick McCourt takes the free kick.

49:59

Nicky Law takes a shot. Save by Lukasz Zaluska.

49:04

Shot from just outside the box by Nicky Law misses to the left of the goal.

45:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Pawel Brozek on Shaun Hutchinson. Direct free kick taken by Shaun Hutchinson.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:07 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +0:22

Inswinging corner taken by Kris Commons from the right by-line, free kick awarded for a foul by Thomas Rogne on Michael Higdon. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +0:04

Pawel Brozek takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save.

44:06

Kris Commons produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

43:44

Shaun Hutchinson takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Lukasz Zaluska makes a save.

42:45

Kris Commons has an effort at goal. Darren Randolph makes a save.

41:59

Foul by Tom Hateley on Kris Commons, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.

41:32

Kris Commons takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Tim Clancy.

41:20

Joe Ledley takes a shot. Shaun Hutchinson gets a block in.

39:41

Tom Hateley crosses the ball in from the free kick.

39:41 Substitution

Substitution Patrick McCourt replaces Sung-Yeung Ki.

39:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Mulgrew on Michael Higdon.

36:34

Foul by Michael Higdon on Charlie Mulgrew, free kick awarded. Strike comes in from Kris Commons from the free kick, Darren Randolph makes a save.

34:01

Pawel Brozek produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

30:08

Shot by Chris Humphrey. Lukasz Zaluska makes a save.

29:58

Shot from 30 yards from Steve Jennings. Thomas Rogne gets a block in.

26:05

Gary Hooper is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Nicky Law restarts play with the free kick.

23:42

Shot from 20 yards from Chris Humphrey. Brilliant save by Lukasz Zaluska.

22:51

Du-Ri Cha fouled by Omar Daley, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Victor Wanyama.

17:43

Long range shot from Victor Wanyama misses to the left of the target.

16:14

Steve Jennings has an effort at goal from 35 yards. Save by Lukasz Zaluska.

15:15

Tom Hateley takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Joe Ledley manages to make a clearance.

11:55

Corner taken by Tom Hateley from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Emilio Izaguirre.

11:33

Michael Higdon challenges Charlie Mulgrew unfairly and gives away a free kick. Thomas Rogne restarts play with the free kick.

10:39

The referee blows for offside. Charlie Mulgrew restarts play with the free kick.

9:17

Corner taken right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki, clearance by Tim Clancy.

5:33

Chris Humphrey concedes a free kick for a foul on Emilio Izaguirre. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick.

5:14

The official flags Kris Commons offside. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

3:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Emilio Izaguirre by Chris Humphrey. Sung-Yeung Ki sends in a cross, Effort from inside the area by Victor Wanyama misses to the right of the target.

2:10

Header on goal by Pawel Brozek from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

1:20

Kris Commons has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

0:00

The game begins.

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