Celtic continued their unbeaten run in the Scottish Premiership with a comfortable win at home to Motherwell, despite being reduced to 10 men.

Kris Commons pounced on a Anthony Stokes shot to open the scoring inside the first five minutes.

A foul by Motherwell keeper Gunnar Nielsen on Stokes allowed Commons to convert from the spot.

Stephen McManus turned the ball into his own net before Stokes was dismissed for a lunge on Keith Lasley.

The win is Celtic's tenth in a row with Commons' two first half goals making him the star of the show and puts Celtic 13 points clear at the top of the league table.

Motherwell hang on to third place on 43 points, just one behind Aberdeen, who lost at Inverness.

After picking up the Scottish Premiership Player of the Month award for December Celtic looked again to Commons to create in the final third.

With Motherwell's Simon Ramsden injured, Stevie Hammell took up the right-back slot for with Zaine Francis-Angol at left-back.

Celtic made the perfect start when Stokes narrowly beat the offside trap and his shot was parried by Gunnar Nielsen into the path of Commons who couldn't miss.

In the 18th minute, Stokes beat the offside trap again, but his shot from the edge of the area flashed inches wide of the post.

After their poor start, Motherwell soon improved with McFadden becoming more of a presence, the former Everton man sending in a cross from that only just eluded the foot of John Sutton.

At the other, end a searing run from James Forrest resulted in a shot whistling narrowly wide, then Lionel Ainsworth fired low and hard after a pacy run, but his shot was just off target.

In the 35th minute Nielsen was forced to save from a Charlie Mulgrew header, then Virgil van Dijk fired over after making space in the box.

Celtic doubled their lead in the 39th minute from the penalty spot, after Stokes knocked a through ball past Nielsen who tripped the striker.

A yellow card was shown to the Faroese keeper and from the spot Commons made no mistake, firing high down the middle for yet another goal to bring his tally for the season to 19.

In the second half Celtic began with more possession, but the first clear chance fell to Motherwell when Iain Vigurs' curling shot was well saved by Fraser Forster.

Immediately after Motherwell should have scored when a deflected effort from Sutton fell to the feet of McFadden who had space and time in the box but his weak shot was stopped by the legs of Forster.

Stokes glanced the crossbar with a curling shot from 20 yards as Celtic attempted to make the points safe, then a free-kick from Lionel Ainsworth was comfortably held by Forster.

At the other end Commons almost completed his hat-trick after a fine counter-attacking run, but his curled shot went just wide.

But it was soon all over, when a cross ball flashed across the box and was turned into his own net by former Celtic defender McManus in the 69th minute.

Stokes was shown a straight red card by referee Bobby Madden after a wild lunging - and completely unnecessary - tackle on Keith Lasley.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (4)

Celtic

  • 01 Forster
  • 41 Fisher Booked
  • 03 Izaguirre
  • 16 Ledley
  • 04 Ambrose Emuobo Booked (Balde - 87' )
  • 05 van Dijk
  • 08 Brown
  • 21 Mulgrew
  • 15 Commons (Pukki - 81' )
  • 49 Forrest
  • 10 Stokes Dismissed

Substitutes

  • 06 Biton
  • 17 Balde
  • 20 Pukki
  • 24 Zaluska
  • 34 O'Connell
  • 37 Atajic
  • 53 Henderson

Motherwell

  • 12 Nielsen Booked
  • 18 Carswell
  • 03 Hammell
  • 25 Ainsworth (Kerr - 73' )
  • 05 Hutchinson
  • 06 McManus Booked
  • 17 Francis-Angol
  • 14 Lasley
  • 09 Sutton (Anier - 76' )
  • 07 McFadden
  • 11 Vigurs

Substitutes

  • 08 Lawson
  • 20 Kerr
  • 21 Stewart
  • 22 Moore
  • 23 Murray
  • 24 Anier
  • 26 Leitch
Ref: Bobby Madden
Att: 47,489

Match Stats

Shots

20 10

On target

7 5

Corners

7 5

Fouls

9 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Celtic 3, Motherwell 0.

90:00 +3:57 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Celtic 3, Motherwell 0.

90:00 +3:30

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Joe Ledley.

90:00 +2:17

Attempt blocked. Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +1:22

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

90:00 +1:22

Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

90:00 +0:09

Attempt missed. James McFadden (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

87:46

Attempt missed. Iain Vigurs (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

86:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Amido Baldé replaces Efe Ambrose.

86:11

Attempt missed. Scott Brown (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

84:24

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

80:50

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

80:50

Foul by Henri Anier (Motherwell).

80:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Teemu Pukki replaces Kris Commons.

79:01 Dismissal

Dismissal Anthony Stokes (Celtic) is shown the red card.

79:00

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

78:54

Foul by Anthony Stokes (Celtic).

78:15

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

76:52

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Stephen McManus.

75:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Motherwell. Henri Anier replaces John Sutton.

74:56

Attempt missed. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

73:38

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

73:38

Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell).

72:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Motherwell. Fraser Kerr replaces Lionel Ainsworth.

69:56

Attempt missed. Iain Vigurs (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

69:30

Attempt saved. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

68:00 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Stephen McManus, Motherwell. Celtic 3, Motherwell 0.

66:46

Attempt missed. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

65:41

Attempt missed. Iain Vigurs (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

65:14

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

63:09

Foul by Joe Ledley (Celtic).

63:09

Stuart Carswell (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

62:41

Attempt saved. Iain Vigurs (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

62:01 Booking

Booking Efe Ambrose (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

62:00

Iain Vigurs (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:45

Foul by Efe Ambrose (Celtic).

60:11

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Shaun Hutchinson.

57:35

Anthony Stokes (Celtic) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

55:28

Foul by Joe Ledley (Celtic).

55:28

James McFadden (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:05

Attempt saved. James McFadden (Motherwell) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

52:40

Attempt saved. Iain Vigurs (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

48:54

Attempt missed. Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

48:25

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Stephen McManus.

47:41

Attempt missed. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

45:00

Second Half begins Celtic 2, Motherwell 0.

45:00 +1:13 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Celtic 2, Motherwell 0.

45:00 +0:58

Attempt missed. Iain Vigurs (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

45:00 +0:26

Foul by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).

45:00 +0:26

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

44:49

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

44:49

Iain Vigurs (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:53

Attempt saved. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

40:25

Attempt missed. Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

38:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Celtic 2, Motherwell 0. Kris Commons (Celtic) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

38:07 Booking

Booking Gunnar Nielsen (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card.

38:00

Penalty Celtic. Anthony Stokes draws a foul in the penalty area.

38:00

Penalty conceded by Gunnar Nielsen (Motherwell) after a foul in the penalty area.

36:28

Attempt missed. Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

34:45

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Zaine Francis-Angol.

34:19

Attempt saved. Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

31:59

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Steven Hammell.

30:47

Foul by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).

30:47

Iain Vigurs (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:01

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Fraser Forster.

28:43

Attempt saved. Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

27:33

Attempt missed. James Forrest (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

22:54

Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

22:54

Foul by John Sutton (Motherwell).

21:25

Attempt missed. Efe Ambrose (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

20:26

Kris Commons (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:26

Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell).

19:14

Attempt saved. James McFadden (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

18:08

Efe Ambrose (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:08

Foul by John Sutton (Motherwell).

17:38

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

17:19

Kris Commons (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:19

Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

14:48 Booking

Booking Darnell Fisher (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

14:29

Foul by Darnell Fisher (Celtic).

14:29

Iain Vigurs (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:52

Foul by Darnell Fisher (Celtic).

11:52

James McFadden (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

10:17

Attempt missed. Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) header from very close range is too high following a corner.

9:54

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by James McFadden.

8:47 Booking

Booking Stephen McManus (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card.

8:40

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

8:40

Foul by Stephen McManus (Motherwell).

7:53

Attempt saved. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

4:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Celtic 1, Motherwell 0. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Anthony Stokes.

2:34

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Iain Vigurs.

1:00

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

0:58

Foul by James McFadden (Motherwell).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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