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Celtic put 2 past Motherwell in a comfortable victory at Celtic Park


Goals from Moussa Dembele and James Forrest secured Celtic's 20th successive league victory, this afternoon, as the supporters cheer the bhoys on in the hope of remaining unbeaten domestically, for the entire season.

This match also saw the return of Croatian defender Jozo Simunovic, who hadn't featured since the 1-0 defeat of Aberdeen. There were no other changes to the team that beat Inverness Caledonian Thistle 6-0 in the Scottish Cup last Saturday.

This victory restores a mammoth 27 point advantage at the top of the league, as Brendan Rodgers' side have all but mathematically secured 6 in a row.

Things didn't look good for Motherwell early on as Hammel injured himself pre match and former Celtic captain McManus was taken off early in the game. Celtic weren't able to create any great chances as the Well kept them at bay, with Mark McGhee looking on from the dugout. Having been sent to the stand against Aberdeen midweek, McGhee was a much more reserved character during this match.

After 30 minutes, Dembele was brought down in the box and the referee awarded Celtic a penalty. Dembele cooly sent the goalie the wrong way as he scored his 13th league goal of the season.

Less than 10 minutes after this, James Forrest received the ball on the right wing, dribbling past a defender before shooting across goal and into the far side of the net, doubling the Champions' lead.

Stuart Armstrong replaced Liam Henderson for the second half, with Rodgers looking to get the midfielder match sharpness after a month on the sidelines. Celtic had more chances to score through Dembele, but his shots were blocked or went wide. Sinclair managed to bring some...​
Unstoppable Celtic Cruise into Quarter-Final

Scottish Cup Fifth Round
Celtic Park, Glasgow
Saturday 11th February

Celtic - 6 (Lustig 20, Dembélé 45, 50, 59, Tierney 86, Brown 90)
Dundee - 0

A Moussa Dembélé hattrick and goals from Mikael Lustig, Kieran Tierney and Scott Brown fired Celtic into the quarter final of the Scottish Cup on Saturday afternoon. Inverness Caledonian Thistle had fended off Elgin City of League two in the previous round but arrived to Parkhead rooted to the bottom of the Scottish Premiership table and without a win in thirteen league games, while Brendan Rodgers has recently steered the hoops to their best ever start to a domestic season. Such a gulf was evident throughout, with Celtic dominating possession and penetrating the Inverness back four with wave after wave of attack. Caley Thistle’s attempts to thwart the flow of the home team were in vain and each of the eleven in green and white stepped up to the plate to ensure that there would be little trouble navigating into the last eight of the competition, and in the end there could be little argument over the 6-0 score-line.

Brendan Rodgers has reiterated time and again this season that in order to be considered a top side in football you need to be able to do two things; begin the match strongly and finish it strongly and once again that was what Celtic did. With only a minute played, Liam Henderson came close to putting the Bhoys in front when he received the ball on the right hand side before making a purposeful run inside, his effort lacking the required curl to trouble Williams however. James Forrest appeared to be in the mood in the opening exchanges and it was his good work on the right hand side that began the move for the opening goal on the twenty minute mark. The Scottish winger controlled a poor Caley Thistle clearance before composing himself to find Nir Bitton in space at the edge of the eighteen yard box. The Israeli had the time and presence...
The Rodgers Revolution: Celtic's season so far - Part two

The month of November began with yet another huge game for a team that was now becoming accustomed to playing in, well, huge games. Celtic went to Mönchengladbach knowing that they would need to reverse the result at Parkhead between the two sides in order to have a realistic chance of achieving European football after Christmas for the first time in two seasons. It seemed as though the bhoys had a mountain to climb when Lars Stindl gave the Bundesliga outfit the lead on 32 minutes. Celtic, however, showed the type of spirit that has historically been associated with Celtic teams. We pushed and pushed for an equaliser on the night and were rewarded when Dembélé was deemed to have been fouled in the penalty area with about quarter of an hour to go. The in-form Frenchman coolly slotted away the penalty and handed his side a life line. What followed was a green and white onslaught of the German goal. It looked like all three points were in the bag when with about six minutes left, Patrick Roberts gifted Callum McGregor with a glorious opportunity, but the midfielder skewed his opportunity wide. It ended 1-1 and Celtic’s European hopes were left hanging by a thread, but despite this the reaction to the performance was positive – there had been clear signs of improvement from the team on the European stage.

Dembélé celebrates scoring the equaliser in Germany

Following an encouraging display in Germany, the hoops had loose ends to tie with Caley Thistle, who at this point remained the only team to take points from the Scottish champions. Revenge came in a 3-0 victory thanks to some familiar names in Sinclair, Griffiths and Rogic. One of the notable highlights of this season has been the improvement in the performances of Scottish...
The Rodgers Revolution: Celtic's season so far - Part one

Celtic headed off to the Middle East last week as part of a mid-season training camp for the Scottish domestic winter break; for some well needed recovery after what has been a gruelling season so far. Before the new year showdown with Rangers, the bhoys had played a staggering thirty five competitive games, juggling between the Scottish Premiership, the League Cup and the UEFA Champions League in what has been an exciting season so far for Hoops fan all over, with some silverware already added to an already illustrious trophy cabinet as reward for the teams early season efforts. Domestic duties will resume on the 22nd of this month with a Scottish Cup tie away to League One side Albion Rovers, and Brendan Rodgers will be looking to make it one step closer to that coveted domestic treble. Thus far, Celtic are unbeaten domestically having romped to League cup victory – without conceding a single goal, and having only dropped points once in a total of twenty Premiership games after conceding a very late equaliser away to Inverness Caledonian Thistle. The signs of progression have been there for all to see. The side now looks a different animal to the one which fell to a humiliating 0-1 loss in Gibraltar at the hands of Lincoln Red Imps back in July when Rodgers was in the dugout for the first time in a competitive game. Indeed, that game is now a distant memory in the minds of Celtic fans, who have enjoyed the clubs best ever start to a domestic season, on top of some fairly impressive showings in Europe’s elite club competition – the UEFA Champions League.

Celts in Dubai: Brendan Rodgers chats with Moussa Dembélé and new signing Kouassi Eboue during a training session in Dubai


Celtic began their quest for Champions League group...
Celtic v Ross County - Match Preview

The Hoops face the Highland side, in the final home game of 2016

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Tonight, Celtic go into the second last match of December, a month which has seen them play 9 games so far whilst remaining undefeated, only failing to win against English side Manchester City. Every domestic game this month has resulted in a win.

It started with a difficult but resilient win over Motherwell, with a late goal from Tom Rogic at Fir Park. The Hoops then proceeded to score a further 12 goals in the following 6 matches, bringing their total tally to 16 goals in December, with 2 games still to play.

Although he wouldn't admit it, Brendan Rodgers will have one eye on the Hogmanay derby match vs The Rangers, in 3 days time. Such a congested fixture list has forced the Celtic manager to utilise squad rotation and it has given some fringe players the chance to impress. Most notably, was a start at left back for Calvin Miller, who got a Parkhead outing in the home win over Partick Thistle. The young winger, not playing in his natural position, impressed before being substituted in the second half.

This will be the third of four fixtures in 11 days for Celtic, so expect changes in the starting line up, with perhaps a couple of mainstays being rested for the derby match at Ibrox.

With that in mind, Leigh Griffiths will be fit to start tonight, after he was subbed off at half time against Hamilton. He had scored Celtic's opening goal just before half time, but was taken off as a precaution. Whichever striker does not start tonight, between Griffiths...