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Scottish Premiership: Celtic 1-2 Motherwell

Motherwell's Lionel Ainsworth and Louis Moult celebrate
Louis Moult (right) scored twice for Well

Motherwell won at Celtic Park for the first time in nearly eight years, coming from behind to do so.

Louis Moult's double turned the game around after Nir Bitton's deflected shot had given the champions the lead.

It means Celtic have failed to win at home in their last four games, the first time that has happened since Tony Mowbray was manager.

They remain a point clear of Aberdeen at the top of the league, while Well's revival under Mark McGhee continues.

The match was prefaced by an emotional unveiling of a statue of Celtic's legendary European Cup-winning captain, Billy McNeill.

The thousands of supporters who gathered for the occasion would have been underwhelmed by what unfolded inside the stadium in the opening 45 minutes.

Their team dominated possession but found Motherwell to be well organised and therefore difficult to penetrate.

But the chess-like approach to the first half could not have been in greater contrast to the action-packed second period.

Celtic celebrate Nir Bitton's goal
Nir Bitton (second left) had given Celtic the lead against Motherwell

Lionel Ainsworth should have put Motherwell ahead, but his chip over goalkeeper Craig Gordon also cleared the crossbar.

It looked like Motherwell would pay a hefty price for that as Tom Rogic burst clear, squared for Bitton and the midfielder's shot took a big deflection off Keith Lasley on its way past goalkeeper Connor Ripley.

However, Marvin Johnson, whose pace had already caused Celtic problems, soon fired the ball across goal for Moult to tap into the net.

And the game was turned on its head when Scott McDonald's sharp turn enticed Jozo Simunovic into a rash challenge.

It gave Moult the opportunity to double his and Motherwell's tally, which he duly took, rolling the penalty straight down the middle as Gordon dived to his left.

They could have gone further ahead but for Gordon, who rushed off his line to block from McDonald after Dedryck Boyata got into trouble and then used his left foot to deny Moult a hat-trick.

In between those efforts, Bitton had a shot blocked on the line and Ripley saved from Scott Allan and Kris Commons.

Celtic piled forward in the closing stages but failed to create any further openings as Motherwell celebrated a hard-earned victory.

Line-ups

Celtic

  • 1Gordon
  • 23Lustig
  • 20Boyata
  • 5Simunovic
  • 63Tierney
  • 6BittonBooked at 78mins
  • 42McGregor
  • 15Commons
  • 18RogicSubstituted forColeat 74'minutes
  • 49ForrestSubstituted forAllanat 67'minutes
  • 7Ciftci

Substitutes

  • 3Izaguirre
  • 4Ambrose
  • 14Armstrong
  • 19Allan
  • 24Cole
  • 25Johansen
  • 38Fasan

Motherwell

  • 1Ripley
  • 18Law
  • 32Hall
  • 6McManusSubstituted forLaingat 77'minutes
  • 3Hammell
  • 4GrimshawSubstituted forAinsworthat 45'minutesSubstituted forWattat 81'minutes
  • 14Lasley
  • 8Pearson
  • 11Johnson
  • 77McDonald
  • 20Moult

Substitutes

  • 5Laing
  • 7Ainsworth
  • 13Samson
  • 19Clarkson
  • 23Thomas
  • 24McFadden
  • 28Watt
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
42,603

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamMotherwell
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home22
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Celtic 1, Motherwell 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celtic 1, Motherwell 2.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Luke Watt.

Callum McGregor (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marvin Johnson (Motherwell).

Attempt blocked. Kris Commons (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Kieran Tierney (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Louis Moult (Motherwell).

Attempt saved. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

Foul by Nadir Ciftci (Celtic).

Ben Hall (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jozo Simunovic (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Luke Watt replaces Lionel Ainsworth.

Attempt saved. Marvin Johnson (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Connor Ripley.

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

Booking

Nir Bitton (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nir Bitton (Celtic).

Scott McDonald (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Louis Laing replaces Stephen McManus because of an injury.

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Stephen McManus (Motherwell) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Carlton Cole replaces Tomas Rogic.

Attempt missed. Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Mikael Lustig (Celtic).

Scott McDonald (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Scott Allan (Celtic) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Nir Bitton (Celtic) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Marvin Johnson.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Scott Allan replaces James Forrest.

Attempt missed. Louis Moult (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Scott McDonald (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Nir Bitton (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

Attempt missed. Stephen McManus (Motherwell) header from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Dedryck Boyata.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Kieran Tierney.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic18133245143142
2Aberdeen19132432181441
3Hearts1895429181132
4St Johnstone199463529631
5Ross County197392827124
6Dundee195862730-323
7Partick Thistle186571923-423
8Hamilton186482229-722
9Inverness CT185672125-421
10Motherwell186391825-721
11Kilmarnock1945101936-1717
12Dundee Utd1924131536-2110
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