Scottish Premiership
Celtic3Motherwell0

Celtic 3-0 Motherwell

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.

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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.

Line-ups

Celtic

  • 1Forster
  • 41FisherBooked at 15mins
  • 3Izaguirre
  • 16Ledley
  • 4AmbroseBooked at 63minsSubstituted forBaldeat 87'minutes
  • 5van Dijk
  • 8Brown
  • 21Mulgrew
  • 15CommonsSubstituted forPukkiat 81'minutes
  • 49Forrest
  • 10StokesBooked at 80mins

Substitutes

  • 6Biton
  • 17Balde
  • 20Pukki
  • 24Zaluska
  • 34O'Connell
  • 37Atajic
  • 53Henderson

Motherwell

  • 12NielsenBooked at 39mins
  • 18Carswell
  • 3Hammell
  • 25AinsworthSubstituted forKerrat 73'minutes
  • 5Hutchinson
  • 6McManusBooked at 9mins
  • 17Francis-Angol
  • 14Lasley
  • 9SuttonSubstituted forAnierat 76'minutes
  • 7McFadden
  • 11Vigurs

Substitutes

  • 8Lawson
  • 20Kerr
  • 21Stewart
  • 22Moore
  • 23Murray
  • 24Anier
  • 26Leitch
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
47,489

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamMotherwell
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home20
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Celtic 3, Motherwell 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celtic 3, Motherwell 0.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Joe Ledley.

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

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

Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Amido Baldé replaces Efe Ambrose.

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

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

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

Foul by Henri Anier (Motherwell).

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Teemu Pukki replaces Kris Commons.

Dismissal

Anthony Stokes (Celtic) is shown the red card.

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

Foul by Anthony Stokes (Celtic).

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Stephen McManus.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Henri Anier replaces John Sutton.

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

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

Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell).

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Fraser Kerr replaces Lionel Ainsworth.

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

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

Goal!

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

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

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

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

Foul by Joe Ledley (Celtic).

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

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

Booking

Efe Ambrose (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Efe Ambrose (Celtic).

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Shaun Hutchinson.

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

Foul by Joe Ledley (Celtic).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Celtic2118303657
2Aberdeen2314271344
3Motherwell221417443
4Inverness CT2111461037
5Dundee Utd239771234
6St Johnstone22859429
7Hibernian23779-228
8St Mirren226511-1523
9Kilmarnock226412-922
10Ross County226313-1321
11Partick Thistle224810-1620
12Hearts233515-24-1
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