Celtic’s magnificent league form continued at the weekend with another victory in the league.
Motherwell came to Celtic Park looking for some redemption after their 7-2 thumping at Pittodrie but were easily swept aside by the Scottish Champions who were not at their best but still miles ahead of the Lanarkshire side.
The first real chance of the game came when James Forrest, hitting an effort at Samson which was parried to Liam Henderson who hit the ball wide of the mark.
After this effort, the game went quiet with Celtic calmly controlling the match with possession. However, Henderson corner into the box which was touched on by Simunovic to Dembele, who was then fouled by Zak Jules. Referee Don Robertson could do nothing but point to the penalty spot. The Frenchman calmly stepped up to grab his 13th League goal of the season.
To the away sides credit, they did start to play a bit of football, looking dangerous from wide-areas. This was shown when Louis Moult went close with a header that went wide of Gordon’s goal.
Ex-Celt Stephen Pearson came very close to getting the Well an equaliser, only for his shot into the box to be well saved by Craig Gordon. Very shortly after this the Celts lead was doubled when Moussa Dembele picked out James Forrest who made a glaring run into the box, skipping past Steelmen easily and eventually slipping the ball into Samson’s net. Celtic were 2-0 up and had hardly got out of second gear.
James Forrest and Nir Bitton tried speculative efforts on both sides of half-time from around twenty-five yards, both were easily saved by Craig Samson.
Dembele looked as if he was going to further his goal scoring form but his effort ended up on the wrong side of the post.
One of the biggest talking points from the match was after Ryan Bowman committed a horrific challenge on Kieran Tierney which definitely should have saw red. His studs were high, and Tierney didn’t get away lightly with the marks very apparent on his leg. The game petered out after this with Motherwell quite happy to accept a 2-0 defeat after their thumping in Aberdeen.
Overall, Celtic never really stepped up the pace because they didn’t have to. Brendan Rodgers saying that in some ways the pitch was accountable for some of the less attractive play. Another three points as the unbeaten run continues. It’s a great time to be a Celtic fan.