Fir Park is never an easy ride for Celtic and holds some bad memories. Despite Motherwell having ownership and managerial issues, you still expect to have a tough game on your hands.
The opening ten 15 minutes suggested otherwise, Celtic could of been 4 up within 15 minutes with John Guidetti and James Forrest dragging shots just wide of the post and the in form goal scoring centre back Virgil Van Dijk missing a header from a few yards out. A goal was chalked up in the first 5 minutes when Johansen set up Stokes to slot the ball into the net with just two defenders on the line.
John Guidetti wrongfully had an overhead kick disallowed for offside that could of won any goal of the month competition. Poor ref decisions was evident again on two occasions when Celtic where denied to penalties for handballs inside the box.
Despite having the majority of possession for the rest of the half Celtic didn’t create too many more chances before the half time whistle went, while Motherwell had a five minute flurry throughout the first 45 minutes.
Celtic should of started the second half the way they did the first but Motherwell obviously had the better team talk as they pressed for the equaliser. James Forrest did manage to get himself into box to let a shot off that was saved by the Motherwell keeper.
As with Hearts last week the game turned on its head after James Forrest got hack down by Simon Ramsden on the 65th minute. The hoops started to turn the screw with the extra man and Izaguirre, Forrest and Guidetti all missed chances and forced some fine saves from Dan Twardzik.
The last ten minutes turned out to be nail biter when in fact Celtic should of ended up with 7 or 8 goals easily after 80 minutes. The win sees Celtic stretch their lead out to 4 points.
Celts Are Here Man of the Match:
Gordon; Matthews, Ambrose, van Dijk, Izaguirre; Brown, Bitton; Forrest, Johansen, Stokes; Guidetti
Subs: Zaluska, Scepovic, Commons, Tonev, Wakaso, Fisher, McGregor