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    TV: McGhee reflects on Celtic loss

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    Celtic defeat in pictures

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    Motherwell 0 – 1 Celtic

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    Supporter Info: vs Celtic

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    TV: McGhee looks ahead to Hoops clash

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    TV: Pearson previews Celtic game

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    SRtRC: Fortnight of Action 2015

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    Andy Boles joins Coaching staff

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    Mark McGhee returns as Motherwell boss

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    October Week: Academy Experience

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    TV: McGhee reflects on Celtic loss

    ‘Well boss Mark McGhee shares his thoughts following his side’s 0-1 Ladbrokes Premiership defeat to Celtic at Fir Park.

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    Celtic defeat in pictures

    Action images from today’s 0-1 defeat to Celtic at Fir Park in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

    Snaps courtesy of SNSPix.

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    Motherwell 0 – 1 Celtic

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     Phil McGhee Fir Park

    Motherwell failed to trouble Celtic in a fairly low-key afternoon at Fir Park as the SPFL leaders ran out narrow 0-1 winners.

    Despite falling behind to a Nadir Ciftci goal after only 14 minutes, the Fir Parkers, with Kieran Kennedy and Stephen McManus commanding at the back, survived a first half dominated by Celtic before contributing more in the second.

    After a well-respected minute’s applause for Joe Wark from a near 9,000 crowd, Motherwell kicked off McGhee’s second reign in the home dugout.

    And the new ‘Well boss raised a few eyebrows with his first team selection with Keith Lasley, Scott McDonald and Lionel Ainsworth all starting on the subs’ bench.

    That pitched Louis Laing into a holding midfield role and his strength alongside Liam Grimshaw’s energy and drive gave ‘Well a stable look defensively, particularly in the second half.

    Wes Fletcher making his first start since August, tested Craig Gordon after five minutes, but his low curling shot was easily taken by the Celtic ‘keeper.

    Although not seeing much of the ball, Motherwell looked fairly comfortable when, out of nothing, the visitors took the lead. The ‘Well defence failed to deal with a whipped ball into the box and when Connor Ripley could only beat out Kris Common’s snap shot, Nadir Ciftci steered the rebound beyond the grounded ‘keeper.

    A penetrating run from Stephen Pearson carried him to the byeline before finding Fletcher at the corner of the six yard box, but the close marking Dedryck Boyata prevented the striker turning and forcing a shot on goal.

    At the other end, Ripley had to palm a 30 yard free kick from Commons over his crossbar.

    Ten minutes from half-time Celtic came close to doubling their lead. A McManus challenge on Tom Rogic 25-yards in front of goal provided Commons with another free kick, which he curled over the defensive wall and thankfully for ‘Well off the face of the crossbar.

    By the start of the second half the morning mist had disappeared leaving the Fir Park pitch in summer sunshine as the Steelmen made a brighter start.

    Within seven minutes of the restart Ainsworth replaced Louis Moult just before a fine run and cross from Josh Law was nervously screwed over his own crossbar by Efe Ambrose.

    Motherwell then survived strong appeals for a penalty when Kennedy appeared to handle the ball inside the six yard box.

    Minutes later the central defender was just off the mark at the other end when he swivelled to meet a Law head-flick, only to steer his volley wide of goal.

    With hopes of stealing an equaliser, Scott McDonald, a scorer of memorable goals with both clubs, replaced Fletcher, before Dom Thomas came on at the expense of Johnson

    A half chance did come Motherwell’s way when Ainsworth’s freekick found its way to Kennedy at the back of the six yard box but his poor first touch allowed the ball to run out of play.

    Ripley, who had a relatively quiet second half, then had a couple of saves, punching away a powerful Leigh Griffith’s drive before going to ground to end Common’s run into the box.

    The ‘Well defence held firm to the end and although they failed to create a clear cut chance at the other end, the Fir Parkers finished the game still chasing an equaliser that might have been well beyond them on the evidence of the first half.

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     Ally Reilly at Fir Park

    Full time, Motherwell 0 – 1 Celtic

    90′ | 0-1
    Three minutes added on

    82′ | 0-1
    Boyata slides in Commons but it’s good covering by Law and the Celtic man can only poke it at Ripley.

    79′ | 0-1
    Ainsworth whips in a free-kick which Kennedy gets on the end of but his touch lets him down and it goes out for a goal kick

    78′ | 0-1
    McDonald booked for a heavy challenge on Ambrose

    75′ | 0-1
    Celtic sub, Bitton limps off for McGregor

    71′ | 0-1
    Motherwell sub, Thomas on for Johnson

    And a Celtic change, Mackay-Steven on for Armstrong

    65′ | 0-1
    Motherwell sub, McDonald on for Fletcher

    64′ | 0-1
    Celtic work some space for Brown who shoots wide for the post from 25 yards.

    60′ | 0-1
    Nearly the equaliser there as Kennedy hits a volley on the turn from just inside the box but it flashes just wide.

    59′ | 0-1
    Celtic sub, Ciftci off for Griffiths

    58′ | 0-1
    Motherwell camped in their own box under a lot of pressure. Celtic denied what looked like a penalty there for handball. A let off

    55′ | 0-1
    Great chance for Commons inside the box but Grimshaw did enough to put him off and he shoots wide.

    54′ | 0-1
    Great ball in from Law towards Johnson but Ambrose does enough to prod it out for a corner.

    53′ | 0-1
    Motherwell sub, Moult makes way for Ainsworth

    50′ | 0-1
    Kennedy tackles Brown inside the box, claims for the penalty but ref waves it away.

    Both teams back out the tunnel. No changes for either side,

    HT: Motherwell 0 – 1 Celtic #MFCvCFC

    43′ | 0-1
    Good ball in from Izaguirre finds the head of Boyata who bullets his header just wide of the post.

    38′ | 0-1
    Johnson wins the ball wide on the right and draws the foul from Brown. Good ball in from Johnson but no takers.

    …Commons curls it off the bar. Too close for comfort.

    36′ | 0-1
    Free-kick to Celtic in a very dangerous position, about 25 yards out…..

    28′ | 0-1
    Kennedy clears to Bitton who shoots first time from 20 yards. Well over the bar.

    26′ | 0-1
    Pearson escapes a booking, after a heavy tackle on Ambrose in the Celtic half.

    23′ | 0-1
    Commons has a shot from distance but Ripley manages to get two hands on it and push it over the bar. Corner to Celtic.

    21′ | 0-1
    Pearson bursts forward and crosses to Fletcher but he is dispossessed by Boyata at the front post.

    15′ | 0-1
    Goal – Ripley’s save from Commons’ shot falls at the feet of Ciftci who fires Celtic 1-0 up.

    13′ | 0-0
    Armstrong claims for a penalty but Johnson had fairly used his strength to nudge him off the ball.

    11′ | 0-0
    Armstong gets down the left and cuts inside. His right footed shot trickles wide of the post.

    8′ | 0-0
    Another Celtic corner, Chalmers knocking Ambrose’s cross wide of the post.

    5′ | 0-0
    Pearson wins the ball and plays in Fletcher who takes on the shot with his left foot but it is easy for Gordon to make the stop.

    4′ | 0-0
    McManus deflects Ciftci’s shot wide for a Celtic corner. Blackett gets his head to the delivery but nods it wide.

    Grimshaw and Moult get the ball rolling. COYW!!!

    Both sides and sets of fans observing a minutes applause for club legend, Joe Wark.

    Out come the teams from the tunnel….



    Motherwell manager Mark McGhee:

    “For 70 minutes I was really satisfied. We should have scored more goals, we should have had at least one penalty, maybe two. For the last 20 we should have been more brave on the ball.

    “We are in a good run now. We go into every game to win. We look forward to it and now it’s just about keeping the momentum.”

    Celtic manager Ronny Deila:

    “There was a 20-minute spell – 60 or 55 minutes in – where I felt we did a lot better. But you’re never sure that they’re not going to get another goal.

    “We might have nicked something but them winning 1-0 was just about the balance of the game.”


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    Supporter Info: vs Celtic

    All you need to know before coming to the game against Celtic:
    The Well Shop:                 
    Open from 9.30 until Kick off and for half an hour after the match. Last season’s shirts are now less than half price at £15 for juniors and £20 for adults.
    Ticket Office:                    
    Will be open from 9am until kick-off for collections and post-match and will re-open 5 minutes before the final whistle for 30-45minutes for sale of Flexi-Tickets & Aberdeen tickets.
    Match Programme:        
    The Ross Celtic match programme can be purchased from the vendors around the stadium or Club shop priced at £3 and this week features an in-depth interview with Louis Moult
    50/50 Draw:                       
    A small band of dedicated sellers will be patrolling Fir Park selling tickets priced at £1 each with a top prize of £250 available
    Charity Collection:          
    Charity collectors will be shaking their buckets around Fir Park seeking donations to St Andrews Hospice
    Cooper Suite:                    
    Open from 11am
    FREE juice/drinks for kids – must be accompanied by an adult buying drinks from the bar
    FREE Face Painting at The Cooper Suite entrance
    FREE GAME area where you can play FIFA against some first team players!
    Filled Rolls available, £1.60 each
    Cooper Suite raffle where you can win a signed ball!
    Centenary Suite:             
    The Centenary bar will open for Hospitality guests from 11afor breakfast rolls with pre-match visit by first team for Q&A session
    Post-match presentation of Young Player and Player of the Match  followed
    Part of Windmill Street maybe closed due to roadworks
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    TV: McGhee looks ahead to Hoops clash

    Mark McGhee talks to the assembled press ahead of his first game back at Motherwell against Celtic.

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    TV: Pearson previews Celtic game

    Midfielder Stephen Pearson talks to the broadcast press ahead of Saturday’s big game against Celtic at Fir Park.

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    SRtRC: Fortnight of Action 2015

    Welcome to Show Racism the Red Card’s annual Fortnight of Action. The 2015 Fortnight of Action will unite Scottish football in making a stand against racism. We believe that it is vital to highlight the anti-racism message at this time, in conjunction with Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE).

    All professional clubs will make a stand against racism over one weekend whether at home or away. We have coordinated the participation of the clubs’ actions to make it the biggest and most high profile fortnight so far.

    At every SPFL game on Friday 16th, Saturday 17th, and Sunday 18th October, clubs will be united in calling for an end to racism in football and in society. Players in over 40 European countries are involved in similar events as part of the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network against racism and discrimination.

    Show Racism the Red Card has received excellent support from football clubs, football authorities and football fans over the length and breadth of Scotland – we would like to take this opportunity to thank you all.

    We have heard of many instances where supporters have been proactive in promoting the anti-racism message, making it clear that racism and discrimination are not welcome at their club. We urge fans to continue to support the anti-racism message; it is the responsibility of us all to ensure that it is carried beyond the Fortnight of Action and beyond the terraces.

    Neil Doncaster, Chief Executive of the SPFL, said: “Football is a powerful medium to break down barriers and promote tolerance. Our clubs have supported Show Racism the Red Card since season 2003/04 and once again, this united action in support of the campaign sends out the positive message that football is a game to be enjoyed by all.”

    ‘Well skipper Keith Lasley, added: “Motherwell FC is proud to stand with our fellow clubs in the SPFL Premiership to reject racism in football and in society.”

    The campaign will continue to speak to all football clubs, the football authorities and the police to eradicate all forms of racist behaviour.

    The SPFL and its clubs deplore all forms of racism and any racist behaviour will not be tolerated at SPFL.

    This year the campaign has continued to develop partnerships with local authorities to deliver educational workshops combined with football coaching sessions in a number of regions. The workshops are delivered by a dedicated team of education workers and ex-professional footballers, providing a very positive method of educating our young people about the negative impact racism has on Scottish society.

    Here’s a brief outline of what’s taking place during the Fortnight of Action this year:

    • Anti-racism football festivals and projects across Scotland.
    • Show Racism the Red Card actions at SPFL, Scottish Women’s Premier League, Scottish Women’s Football League, Scottish Junior Football matches.
    • ‘Unite Against Racism’ actions at UEFA Champions League fixtures.
    • Educational workshops in schools and community groups across Scotland.

    Football is a sport that is followed by people across the world, and football matches should be an enjoyable experience for all, whatever their background. We all have a part to play in stamping out racism in football and society.

    If you see or hear racism or sectarianism at any level of football, please report it to the stewards or police.

    Our website also includes updates on Fortnight of Action events and more information on the Show Racism the Red Card campaign in Scotland.


    Show your support for tackling racism:

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    Andy Boles joins Coaching staff

    Motherwell FC is pleased to announce Andy Boles has joined the club as Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach.

    Andy has spent the last three years in a similar position at English Championship side Middlesbrough, where he was in charge of the Strength and Conditioning department.

    However, the Bellshill-born 30-year old wanted to return home and has joined the club to work on improving and measuring the fitness levels, as well as injury prevention, of the first-team squad, the Under 20s and the Elite Academy.

    Andy started his football career at Hamilton Academicals, where he was Head of Sports Science between 2007 and 2012. He also spent a year at the Scottish Institute of Sport.

    Andy, who has a Masters Degree in Strength and Conditioning from the University Edinburgh as well as a Bachelors in Physiology and Sport Science from the University of Glasgow, will work to complete a PhD during his spell at Fir Park, funded by a joint partnership between the ‘Well Society and businessman John Walker.

    Speaking to motherwellfc.co.uk, Andy said: “I am delighted to have joined Motherwell after three great years at Boro. I am looking forward to working with both the staff and players to help improve fitness and conditioning as well as injury prevention.”

    Andy has replaced Gordon Crawford, who has left the club to concentrate on his other business interests. Motherwell FC would like to sincerely thank Gordon for his contribution whilst at Fir Park and wish him every success in his future career.

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    Mark McGhee returns as Motherwell boss

    Motherwell FC is today delighted to confirm the appointment of Mark McGhee as manager.

    McGhee was formerly Motherwell manager between 2007 and 2009, when he led the Steelmen to third place in the league table after a sensational debut season, guiding the team back into European football for the first time in twelve years.

    Whilst his second season at Fir Park didn’t reach the heights of the first, he did again guide the club into the first ever season of the new Europa League.

    The experienced coach, who is the current assistant manager at the Scottish National side, has also managed Reading, Leicester, Wolves, Millwall, Brighton, Aberdeen and Bristol Rovers and has signed a deal until May 2017.

    The 58-year old was the unanimous choice of the Motherwell Board and will be in charge from Saturday’s home match with Celtic at Fir Park.

    Commenting, Mark said: “I am delighted to be back at Fir Park and Motherwell, a club in which I have a real affection for after some fantastic highs and tragic lows in my last spell.

    “I was really keen to get back into club management, but the destination was important. I’ve had several things put to me over the last few years, but it was important I returned at a club that was close to my heart and was a real challenge.

    “I’ve spoken with the Owner and the Board and the direction and focus to make this club this best it can be was hugely attractive. There is a real drive and determination to achieve our aims and objectives, and I want to help by putting an attractive, winning team on the pitch.”

    Chairman Brian McCaffery commented: “After a rigorous process, Mark was the outstanding candidate and the Board were delighted he has agreed to return. We hope he brings stability and on-field success and helps the club achieve its ambitious goals in the months and years ahead.

    Majority shareholder Les Hutchison added: “The Football Committee have undertaken a very rigorous selection process and considered over 80 applicants and interviewed a very strong short list of candidates before making their recommendation to the Chairman and myself. I was delighted to talk in detail with Mark about the future plans for the club and he demonstrated a real enthusiasm for the task ahead. I was pleased he was the unanimous choice of the Board and wish him every success in his new role”.

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    October Week: Academy Experience

    Motherwell Football Club Community Trust will again be offering young people between the ages of 5 and 15 the opportunity to experience life as a pro footballer.

    The popular Academy Experience programme returns again next week during the October Week Holiday period.

    Coaching will be delivered by our highly-qualified SFA accredited coaches, and the first team players will be popping in to take part.

    Comprehensive coaching will include game awareness, technique development, balance, creativity and nutrition.

    Academy Experience is designed to take young players to the next level of performance and to instil in them the skills and confidence they require to develop their potential.

    The holiday camp runs from Monday 12th until Friday 17th October priced at £6 per half day session, £10 per day or only £40 for the week.

    Players should bring their own packed lunch, and appropriate footwear and clothing – and a change to allow for inclement weather.

    To book please call the Community Trust on 01698 239 926 or online at www.motherwellsoccerschools.com.