Scottish Premiership
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Motherwell 3-4 Celtic

Tom Rogic scores
Rogic's late strike settled a hugely entertaining match

Tom Rogic's last-minute goal gave Celtic victory over Motherwell in a thrilling Premiership match.

Louis Moult scored twice - a first-time lob and a close-range volley - to put the hosts in charge.

However, Callum McGregor's strike brought Celtic back into contention and Patrick Roberts headed them level.

Lionel Ainsworth quickly volleyed Well ahead again but that lead did not last long as Stuart Armstrong fired home before Rogic's low drive settled it.

Celtic ended the day still eight points clear at the top of the division and still have three games in hand.

Moult stuns Celtic

This was a stunning game, a thrill-fest from start to finish with goals, chances, drama and aggravation all played out in a thunderous Fir Park.

The champions had not conceded in the league for 10 hours and were up against a Motherwell team that had conceded three in 90 minutes against Hearts last time out.

This looked like it was going to be another Celtic stroll, but Moult dynamited that notion after just three minutes.

Louis Moult scores
Moult had a fruitful first half in Lanarkshire

It was a sumptuous finish, a thing of beauty. Stephen McManus aimed his downfield pass at the space occupied by Moult and his marker, Kolo Toure. The striker stole away from Toure and cushioned the dropping ball first time over Craig Gordon's head.

Toure's defending was poor and Gordon was caught too far off his line but Moult's precision was a delight.

Motherwell paid little regard for Celtic's reputation, hustling and harrying them, bringing a real edge to their game that Celtic found hard to deal with for a long time.

Moult was inches away from making it 2-0 just before the half-hour, but he got the job done just after.

Mikael Lustig was robbed of possession by Ross MacLean - the Swede was livid at the tackle - and when MacLean crossed to the back post, Moult took advantage of more slack Toure defending to bang in his second of the game and his 10th of the season.

The comeback

Brendan Rodgers changed his formation at the break and went three at the back to give Celtic's midfield more ballast. It worked.

Within three minutes, McGregor, a first-half substitute for Emilio Izaguirre, played a one-two with the excellent Armstong and McGregor stroked his shot past Craig Samson.

Callum McGregor scores
McGregor's strike prompted Celtic's second-half response

Celtic now had Motherwell under the cosh and Armstrong's delivery from the left saw Roberts head the visitors level at the back post.

You'd have gambled your last penny on Celtic motoring on to win it at that point. Motherwell's energy levels were running out and they were seeing precious little of the ball. They looked like they were barely hanging on.

Dramatic end game

Just when you thought that Motherwell's day was going to peter out into defeat, they roused themselves again and got themselves back in front.

Roberts had scored in the 69th minute, then from a Steven Hammell cross, Ainsworth scored in the 70th. Celtic's defence was left with giant gaps and the substitute pocked home from close range.

Sixty seconds later, we had the third goal in as many minutes when Armstrong's shot on the turn beat Samson. Fast, furious, frenetic and utterly absorbing.

Keith Lasley
A day of such promise ultimately ended in disappointment for Motherwell

A minute from time, Rogic moved forward, picked his spot and smashed a shot past Samson to win this most gob-smacking game.

Celtic's character and quality in adversity was huge. Motherwell gave so much and did so many superb things, but, sickeningly for Mark McGhee and his team, they were denied the consolation of a point.

What the managers said

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee: "We know we're a team that concede goals. We have to fix that, somehow we have to fix that.

"Our first-half performance was fantastic, the quality of our three goals was fantastic.

"We've played a really good Celtic team, they've fought back into it and eventually they've got a winning goal. We've just got to live with that but our performance was good."

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers: "We were poor in the first half. We got off to an awful start.

"We changed the system at half-time to 3-4-3. We were absolutely brilliant second half. To score the four goals, to win the game, it really shows the mentality of the team.

"Across the team, I have to give them huge credit because we had to put risk in the game. They took on the risk and they got the reward. I'm delighted for them.

"That was a great, great victory for us and give credit to Motherwell as well because I thought that they were set up very, very well."

Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 1Samson
  • 2TaitSubstituted forBowmanat 90+2'minutes
  • 4Heneghan
  • 6McManusBooked at 63mins
  • 3Hammell
  • 12CaddenSubstituted forAinsworthat 69'minutesBooked at 74mins
  • 14Lasley
  • 20Clay
  • 27MacLeanBooked at 43minsSubstituted forMcMillanat 73'minutes
  • 77McDonald
  • 9MoultBooked at 28mins

Substitutes

  • 7Ainsworth
  • 11Bowman
  • 13Brill
  • 23Thomas
  • 25Ferguson
  • 26Campbell
  • 30McMillan

Celtic

  • 1Gordon
  • 23Lustig
  • 5Simunovic
  • 2K Touré
  • 3IzaguirreBooked at 25minsSubstituted forMcGregorat 30'minutes
  • 14Armstrong
  • 8BrownBooked at 56mins
  • 27RobertsSubstituted forBittonat 90+2'minutes
  • 18RogicBooked at 90mins
  • 49ForrestSubstituted forGamboaat 90+4'minutes
  • 10Dembele

Substitutes

  • 6Bitton
  • 12Gamboa
  • 16Mackay-Steven
  • 17Christie
  • 20Boyata
  • 24de Vries
  • 42McGregor
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
8,535

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home6
Away28
Shots on Target
Home5
Away11
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Motherwell 3, Celtic 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Motherwell 3, Celtic 4.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Cristian Gamboa replaces James Forrest.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Ryan Bowman replaces Richard Tait.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Nir Bitton replaces Patrick Roberts.

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

Booking

Tomas Rogic (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Motherwell 3, Celtic 4. Tomas Rogic (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Stephen McManus (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Scott Brown.

Foul by Kolo Touré (Celtic).

Louis Moult (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Tomas Rogic (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Moussa Dembele (Celtic) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Ben Heneghan.

Attempt saved. Stuart Armstrong (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Steven Hammell.

Booking

Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Jack McMillan replaces Ross MacLean.

Goal!

Goal! Motherwell 3, Celtic 3. Stuart Armstrong (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Patrick Roberts.

Goal!

Goal! Motherwell 3, Celtic 2. Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Steven Hammell.

Goal!

Goal! Motherwell 2, Celtic 2. Patrick Roberts (Celtic) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stuart Armstrong.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Lionel Ainsworth replaces Chris Cadden because of an injury.

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

Attempt blocked. Tomas Rogic (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Tomas Rogic (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Stephen McManus (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Stephen McManus (Motherwell).

Foul by Jozo Simunovic (Celtic).

Chris Cadden (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

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

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

Foul by Louis Moult (Motherwell).

Attempt missed. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Kolo Touré.

Booking

Scott Brown (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic13121039112837
2Rangers168532117429
3Hearts1676331191227
4Aberdeen147342314924
5St Johnstone156452219322
6Kilmarnock154561424-1017
7Ross County163761728-1116
8Hamilton152941721-415
9Motherwell154382027-715
10Dundee164391422-815
11Partick Thistle153571722-514
12Inverness CT163582132-1114
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