Celtic 2-0 Motherwell

Richard Tait knocked in a second-half own goal to double Celtic's lead
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They had a few moments in attack – Allan Campbell had a back-post volley, Jake Carroll fizzed one across the six-yard box – but those moments have to stick when you’re playing a super confident Celtic.

Having scored the winner in Rome, Olivier Ntcham was impressive again in the heart of Celtic’s midfield. Up front, Edouard looked exactly what he is – a striker with great movement, a great touch, loads of intelligence and too much ruthlessness. Celtic weren’t at their free-flowing best but they were good enough.

Edouard got the opener when Mohamed Elyounoussi cut in from the left and tried to link with James Forrest. Gallagher was on the scene and in an attempt to clear it he merely helped it on to Edouard who finished with aplomb, his swift execution soaring beyond Mark Gillespie.

Celtic continued to dominate possession and Motherwell continued to defend stoutly. Edouard fired over as did Elyounoussi. Hayes lashed one at Gillespie but the goalkeeper beat it away at his near post.

The second goal duly came early in the new half when Edouard played it wide to Hayes whose cross from the left was turned into his own net by Tait.

There was talk during the week that Leigh Griffiths might make a reappearance for this one, but there was no sign of him. Lennon said that his fitness is still a little off. Scott Sinclair was not in the squad either. Lewis Morgan was on the bench ahead of him. Mikey Johnston was absent as well. So many good players and yet so little need for them.

Ryan Christie started on the bench but came on in the second half just when Celtic’s threat started to grow again. Gillespie earned his corn in the latter stages. Christie had two efforts saved by the goalkeeper. Hayes put in a sumptuous cross that Ntcham came close to turning in. Jeremie Frimpong tested Gillespie twice while Edouard looked to have set up Ntcham only for the midfielder to direct his shot straight at the busy keeper.

Man of the match – Odsonne Edouard

Odsonne Edouard knocks in the opening goal at Celtic Park - his 13th of the season
Odsonne Edouard knocks in the opening goal at Celtic Park – his 13th of the season

Motherwell had two contenders in Gallagher and Gillespie. Hayes was excellent for Celtic, as was Ntcham.

Edouard gets the award for scoring the first and displaying an all-round quality that marks him out as an outstanding footballer.

‘Fantastic & magnificent’ – reaction

Celtic manager Neil Lennon: “It’s another fantastic performance after Thursday. Since the Livingston defeat we’ve won all our games in all competitions so the response has been magnificent.”

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson: “I’m pleased with the performance but not the result. If you come to Celtic Park and lose with two goals like that then you’ve done something right. There was a lot of positives to take from a young side.”

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November 2019