Celtic 1-2 Motherwell: McGhee lauds resilient Well victory

Mark McGhee
Mark McGhee guided Motherwell to their first win at Celtic Park in almost eight years

Motherwell boss Mark McGhee lauded his side's attack and defence in coming from behind to beat Celtic in Glasgow.

Motherwell's victory was their first at Celtic Park since April 2007.

"I think we've played really, really well," McGhee told BBC Scotland after Louis Moult's double sealed the win.

"We've not nicked some result, we've not come here and parked the bus, we've played some really good stuff, had some great performances and deserved to win the game."

The visitors enhanced their attacking potential in an open second half when Liam Grimshaw was withdrawn by McGhee for Lionel Ainsworth at the break.

"It was kind of forced on us a bit," said the manager. "Grimshaw was feeling ill during the week, he put in a great shift in the first half and was feeling the effects of that, so we had to take him off.

"Lionel's trained really well this week, so we put him in. We had to take him off again when [Stephen] McManus was injured in the head and had to be taken off, and then we had to regroup and reshape because we then had two very young centre-halves.

"We had to do something about that and accept they were going to come on to us.

"As it was they launched everything up to the edge of the box and I thought the goalkeeper and the back five, as it became, dealt with that brilliantly. Although it meant a lot of territorial pressure for Celtic, they never really threatened the goal."

Jozo Simunovic and Mikael Lustig at full-time
Celtic were left without a home win in their previous four fixtures

Cetic manager Ronny Deila meanwhile was left to reflect upon his side's failure to win their past four home matches.

"I think we have taken a lot of points at home as well," he said. "We haven't lost at home in many, many months in the league so I'm not sure I agree that the home form has been very bad.

"But it's a different game when we play at home. It is always a compact team and we need to open them up. Today everything went too slow. Also defensively, we were too open."

Deila lamented Celtic's lack of verve, vigour and "discipline" in their attacking play.

"It was a very poor performance," he added. "The first half was too slow, we passed the ball but we didn't open them and it was too narrow in the ends of the pitch so we didn't create much.

"Second half, we started well, played more forward, got more runs in behind them and we got our goal, but after that, we were way too open."