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Celtic 5-1 Motherwell

By Chris McLaughlinBBC Scotland Sport at Celtic Park

Odsonne Edouard scored a hat-trick as Celtic beat Motherwell to extend their unbeaten domestic run to 67 matches.

The French striker tapped home a Scott Sinclair cutback before unleashing a brilliant shot into the corner.

Tom Rogic had a goal disallowed before the interval, and Elliott Frear's goal briefly threatened a Motherwell rally.

But substitute James Forrest trickled a shot into the far corner before Edouard pounced on a Cedric Kipre mistake and Forrest fired home a superb fifth goal.

Celtic extended their lead at the top of the Premiership to seven points, with second-placed Aberdeen hosting Rangers on Sunday. Motherwell remain fifth, five points ahead of Hearts.

James Forrest scores
James Forrest continued his excellent form this season with a double

The only downside ahead of Tuesday's final Champions League group game against Anderlecht was an injury concern over Scott Sinclair, who appeared to twist his ankle when he landed heavily on it in the second half.

Brendan Rodgers made a total of six changes for the sides' third meeting in this week-long trilogy, with Eduardo leading the line against a Motherwell side who had made things tricky for the champions in the two previous encounters.

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson said before the game he wanted to move on from the penalty controversies of the past week and focus on becoming the first team to beat Celtic at Celtic Park in two years - a Louis Moult double gave Motherwell that honour back in 2015.

Any questions about the wholesale changes upsetting Celtic's rhythm were quickly and emphatically answered when the home side took the lead.

Sinclair terrorised Motherwell right-back Richard Tait before swinging in an inch-perfect cross that Edouard slotted home with ease inside the six-yard box.

It came just five minutes after Chris Cadden curled an effort just wide at the other end, but in truth, Motherwell looked like a side lacking the intensity of the week's previous two battles.

Odsonne Edouard scores his second goal against Motherwell
Edouard made the most of a rare start in the absence of Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths

It didn't help that they were up against a group of Celtic fringe players desperate to impress and after 33 minutes, Edouard did just that by gabbing his second.

He picked the ball up in a central area just outside the Motherwell box and after outfoxing two visiting defenders, the 19-year-old on loan from Paris Saint-German fired a sumptuous low shot into Carson's right-hand corner.

If felt like game over already, but these games wouldn't be the same without some controversy and it came shortly before the break when Tom Rogic thought he'd scored only for it to be chalked off.

The Australian midfielder looked offside as he ran on to an Olivier Ntcham through-ball, but the flag stayed down as the Celtic players wheeled away to celebrate.

But referee Kevin Clancy was called over by his near-side assistant Stuart Stevenson, who decided Rogic was offside after all - no goal.

There was no let-up in the home side's intensity after the break and after Odsonne almost headed in, Mikael Lustig had a fierce volley on the angle parried away by a very busy Trevor Carson.

The Motherwell goalkeeper was forced into another stop 10 minutes later when Ntcham guided a ferocious shot over the wall from a free-kick 25 yards out.

But substitute Frear gave the visitors some hope, turning the ball past Craig Gordon from close range after a Tait cross and a mix-up in the Celtic defence.

Elliott Frear
Elliott Frear pulled a goal back for the Steelmen but Celtic scored another three

Could Motherwell find a way back after looking completely out of puff?

No.

Substitute Forrest cut in from the right-hand side and slotted a low shot past Carson before Edouard completed his hat-trick from close range after Tait attempted a header back to Carson.

Forrest completed the rout with a sublime strike with the outside of his right foot from just inside the box.

Line-ups

Celtic

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Gordon
  • 23Lustig
  • 35Ajer
  • 20Boyata
  • 63Tierney
  • 8BrownBooked at 11mins
  • 21NtchamSubstituted forMcGregorat 68'minutes
  • 15HayesSubstituted forForrestat 68'minutes
  • 18Rogic
  • 11SinclairSubstituted forS Armstrongat 77'minutes
  • 22Edouard

Substitutes

  • 5Simunovic
  • 9Griffiths
  • 14S Armstrong
  • 24de Vries
  • 42McGregor
  • 49Forrest
  • 88Kouassi

Motherwell

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Carson
  • 2TaitBooked at 24mins
  • 21Kipre
  • 6Hartley
  • 18Dunne
  • 7CaddenSubstituted forMcHughat 45'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 22CampbellBooked at 37mins
  • 15Rose
  • 27TannerSubstituted forFrearat 45'minutes
  • 9MoultSubstituted forPetraviciusat 58'minutes
  • 12Bowman

Substitutes

  • 4Grimshaw
  • 5Bigirimana
  • 8McHugh
  • 11Frear
  • 13Griffiths
  • 14Plummer
  • 20Petravicius
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
57,817

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamMotherwell
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home19
Away6
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away0
Fouls
Home7
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Celtic 5, Motherwell 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Celtic 5, Motherwell 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Allan Campbell (Motherwell).

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Elliott Frear (Motherwell) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  6. Post update

    Mikael Lustig (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Bowman (Motherwell).

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Celtic 5, Motherwell 1. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stuart Armstrong.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Andy Rose (Motherwell).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Mikael Lustig (Celtic).

  12. Post update

    Elliott Frear (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Celtic 4, Motherwell 1. Odsonne Edouard (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Elliott Frear (Motherwell) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Kristoffer Ajer (Celtic).

  16. Post update

    Peter Hartley (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Trevor Carson.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Celtic. Stuart Armstrong replaces Scott Sinclair because of an injury.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Celtic 3, Motherwell 1. James Forrest (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kieran Tierney.

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