- Steelmen put to the sword
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 entertainment to the home fans as he dribbled past a couple of defenders before flashing the ball across the box, however no chance came of it.
Motherwell attempted to get forward but struggled against a resolute Celtic defence, while the Champions continued to dominate possession and secured the three points that takes them another victory closer to their 6th untainted league championship, in a row.