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.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Celtic

  • 01 Forster
  • 04 Ambrose
  • 05 van Dijk
  • 03 Izaguirre Booked (Baldé - 87' )
  • 23 Lustig
  • 15 Commons
  • 02 Matthews (Forrest - 15' )
  • 08 Brown
  • 21 Mulgrew
  • 20 Pukki (Biton - 75' )
  • 10 Stokes

Substitutes

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

Motherwell

  • 01 Hollis
  • 06 McManus
  • 05 Hutchinson
  • 03 Hammell
  • 04 Ramsden
  • 17 Francis-Angol
  • 18 Carswell
  • 14 Lasley (Lawson - 87' )
  • 11 Vigurs (Anier - 58' )
  • 25 Ainsworth (Kerr - 63' )
  • 09 Sutton

Substitutes

  • 22 Moore
  • 16 McHugh
  • 24 Anier
  • 08 Lawson
  • 12 Nielsen
  • 15 Cummins
  • 20 Kerr
Ref: Iain Brines
Att: 46,608

Match Stats

Shots

14 3

On target

5 1

Corners

5 5

Fouls

8 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Celtic 2, Motherwell 0.

90:00 +3:12 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Celtic 2, Motherwell 0.

90:00 +0:56

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Mikael Lustig.

89:26

Foul by Amido Baldé (Celtic).

89:26

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

86:48

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

86:48

Foul by John Sutton (Motherwell).

86:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Motherwell. Paul Lawson replaces Keith Lasley.

86:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Amido Baldé replaces Emilio Izaguirre.

85:13

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

84:42

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

82:13

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Emilio Izaguirre.

80:33

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Emilio Izaguirre.

77:52

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Simon Ramsden.

74:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Nir Biton replaces Teemu Pukki.

74:33

Foul by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).

74:33

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

69:03

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

67:49

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

67:49

Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

66:36

Attempt missed. Anthony Stokes (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

63:30

Attempt missed. Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

63:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Motherwell. Fraser Kerr replaces Lionel Ainsworth because of an injury.

61:50

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Lionel Ainsworth.

60:35

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

58:17

Attempt missed. Anthony Stokes (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

57:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Motherwell. Henri Anier replaces Iain Vigurs.

55:37

James Forrest (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:37

Foul by Stuart Carswell (Motherwell).

53:47

Attempt missed. Teemu Pukki (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

53:28

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

51:49

Attempt blocked. Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

48:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Celtic 2, Motherwell 0. Kris Commons (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

47:55

Attempt saved. James Forrest (Celtic) left footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the top left corner.

45:00

Second Half begins Celtic 1, Motherwell 0.

45:00 +1:35 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Celtic 1, Motherwell 0.

45:00 +0:26

Attempt missed. Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

44:15

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

44:15

Foul by Zaine Francis-Angol (Motherwell).

43:00

Stuart Carswell (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:58

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

39:05 Booking

Booking Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

39:00

Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:57

Foul by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).

36:12

Foul by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).

36:12

Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:24

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

34:49

Hand ball by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

33:39

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

29:08

Attempt saved. Kris Commons (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

26:04

Hand ball by John Sutton (Motherwell).

25:24

Foul by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).

25:24

Stuart Carswell (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:13

Foul by Kris Commons (Celtic).

23:13

Keith Lasley (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:54

Attempt missed. Kris Commons (Celtic) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

20:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Celtic 1, Motherwell 0. Anthony Stokes (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Mikael Lustig.

17:05

Foul by Teemu Pukki (Celtic).

17:05

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

14:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. James Forrest replaces Adam Matthews because of an injury.

13:45

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Shaun Hutchinson.

13:22

Anthony Stokes (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

13:22

Foul by Simon Ramsden (Motherwell).

9:52

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Stephen McManus.

9:09

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Keith Lasley.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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