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    Celtic 5 – 1 Motherwell

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    Build-up: Celtic

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    Robinson: Team focused on football

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    Campbell: Ready for the battle

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    Club statement: Celtic match

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    Clancy in the middle at Celtic Park

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

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    Celtic in pictures

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    Robinson: We showed character

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    Motherwell 1 – 1 Celtic

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    Celtic 5 – 1 Motherwell

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    Lewis Irons at Celtic Park

    The signs of a week of hard work were visible as Motherwell lost 5-1 against Celtic in the third meeting with the side in six days.

    Elliott Frear reduced the half time deficit with a neat finish just after the hour mark following Odsonne Edouard’s first half brace, but Brendan Rodgers options off the bench ensured the Parkhead side brushed aside the Steelmen for all three points.

    Stephen Robinson made three changes from the side who started on Wednesday night – recalling Ryan Bowman and Andy Rose to the starting eleven, whilst giving Craig Tanner his first start since November’s trip north to take on Ross County.

    Much like Wednesday and Sunday’s fixtures with the Hoops, Robinson’s men were limited to very little time on the ball, whilst the hosts tried to unlock a resolute ‘Well side.

    And the Steelmen went within inches of taking the lead when Chris Cadden curled a decent effort just over Craig Gordon’s crossbar.

    However, unlike the other two encounters, the scoring was opened in the first half trough PSG loanee Odsonne Edouard, who tapped home a slick Celtic move in the 16th minute.

    The young forward made it 2-0 with a low effort from outside the box on the half hour mark as the home side asserted their control on the clash.

    Robinson was quick to make changes and at the start of the second period introduced Frear and club captain Carl McHugh – withdrawing Tanner and Chris Cadden.

    Shortly after, Deimantas Petravičius made his introduction in place of Louis Moult as Robinson looked to get his side back in to the game.

    The changes made an almost immediate impact too, with the Fir Parkers gaining more of a foothold in the game and eventually pulling one back just after the hour mark.

    A pinpoint, in-swinging cross from Richard Tait required just the slightest of touches from Frear – who ghosted in to finish beyond Gordon.

    Ten minutes later though, Celtic all but secured the win when substitute James Forrest cut inside to finish beyond Trevor Carson.

    From there, Celtic were in cruise control as they added two more – the first ensuring Edouard completed his hat-trick and the second resulting in Forrest’s third goal of the week.

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     Alastair Reilly at Celtic Park

    FT: Celtic 5 – 1 Motherwell

    90′ | 5-1
    Tait whips in a deep cross which finds Frear but he can only shoot straight at Gordon.

    Three minutes added on.

    88′ | 5-1
    Goal – Forrest picks up the ball wide on the right and curls it past Carson with the outside of his boot.

    84′ | 4-1
    Goal – Edouard gets on the end of a pass back and slots it past Carson.

    79′ | 3-1
    Great save by Carson, tipping Armstrong’s shot over the bar after a Celtic counter attack

    77′ | 3-1
    Celtic sub, Armstrong on for Sinclair.

    76′ | 3-1
    Goal – Forrest restores Celtic’s two-goal lead, firing low past Carson from the right-hand side.

    75′ | 2-1
    McHugh booked for a tackle on Rogic. Not that much in it.

    71′ | 2-1
    Rogic peels off his man and has a pop at goal but again it flies over the bar.

    And another switch, Hayes off for Forrest.

    67′ | 2-1
    Celtic sub, Ntcham off for McGregor

    65′ | 2-1
    The Steelmen have a goal back! Tait with a lovely ball in which is read by Frear and poked past Gordon!!

    GOAL!!

    64′ | 2-0
    Ntcham’s free-kick is beaten away by Carson then Tierney fires wide of the post.

    60′ | 2-0
    Frear wins a free-kick wide on the left….ball falls to Kipré but he fires over the bar from 20 yards

    59′ | 2-0
    Lustig with a good volley from the edge of the box which is beaten away by Carson

    57′ | 2-0
    Motherwell sub, Moult off for Petravicius

    Celtic get the second 45 underway.

    Double Motherwell change at half-time, Cadden and Tanner off for McHugh and Frear

    HT: Celtic 2 – 0 Motherwell

    One minute added on.

    40′ | 2-0
    Celtic think they have scored but after some debate, the linesman raises his flag. Looked the right decision.

    37′ | 2-0
    Campbell booked for a foul on Tierney midway inside the Celtic half.

    33′ | 2-0
    Goal – Edouard gets plenty of space from 20 yards and picks his spot low past Carson.

    24′ | 1-0
    Tait goes into the ref’s book for a foul wide on the Motherwell right on Tierney.

    18′ | 1-0
    Hayes cuts in off the right and curls a left-footed shot just wide of the post.

    16′ | 1-0
    Goal – Edouard gets on the end of Sinclair’s cut-back and pokes it past Carson

    14′ | 0-0
    Ntcham gets a bit of space 25 yards and opts for the shot but it never looks like troubling Carson, sailing over the bar.

    12′ | 0-0
    Chance! Ball falls to Cadden on the edge of the box but his shot curls just over the bar!

    11′ | 0-0
    From that corner Motherwell breakaway 2v1 but Moult is brought down by Brown with Tanner ready to race clear. A booking for the Celtic man.

    10′ | 0-0
    First chance of the game as Hayes floats in a cross from the left but Tait gets his head to it and knocks it wide for a corner.

    1′ | 0-0
    Early Celtic corner but it’s dealt with by Dunne who heads away.

    Allan Campbell gets the game underway. COYW!!!

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    Build-up: Celtic

    Motherwell face up to a third meeting with Celtic in the space of a week following Sunday’s Betfred Cup final and Wednesday night’s dramatic 1-1 draw.

    And following further controversy surrounding penalty decisions, Saturday’s trip to Celtic Park presents a third bite at Brendan Rodgers side.

    The Fir Park men will be hungry to go one step further, having come just minutes away from ending the Glaswegians long unbeaten run, only to be cruelly denied by a soft penalty decision by referee Willie Collum.

    With Parkhead the setting for the third and final head-to-head clash between the sides this year, all eyes will be on what will inevitably be a heated encounter.

    And manager Stephen Robinson has called for attention to turn to football as his side prepare for a third clash with Celtic in six days amid a lot of on and off-field talking points

    Robinson, who expressed his pride for his team following Wednesday’s 1-1 draw, is keen to get back to business on Saturday.

    Speaking to the broadcast press this morning, the Northern Irishman addressed a number of talking points from the previous two encounters, but called for more people to talk about the hard-work of his team.

    He said: “Let’s talk about how good a player Scott Brown is, and Chris Cadden and Allan Campbell and people like that.

    “Nobodies spoke about Motherwell, instead it’s rivalries, but nobodies actually said that we had seven clean sheets last season and we’ve got nine already.

    “We’ve won fourteen games already and we only won thirteen last season, we’ve taken four points off Aberdeen and Celtic in our last two games – we took none at all last season.”

    [pullquote]We’ve won fourteen games already and we only won thirteen last season, we’ve taken four points off Aberdeen and Celtic in our last two games – we took none at all last season.[/pullquote]

    Robinson will have a full-strength squad to pick from tomorrow – but admits he will have another selection headache on his hands.

    Allan Campbell, one of three changes Robinson made from the cup final side to Wednesday night, is an example of the options the manager has to ponder.

    And the young midfielder is hungry to get back to action too.

    Looking ahead to tomorrow’s meeting with Celtic in Glasgow, the young Steelman is aiming to do all of his talking on the park and insists that him and his teammates will approach every game in the same manner.

    With confidence high around Fir Park, Campbell believes ‘Well can go to Parkhead and end Celtic’s unbeaten run.

    He said: “We approach every game just the same, we go out every week and try and win the game and I think tomorrow is going to be the same.

    “We’ll prepare right today, train well, have a meeting with the gaffer, see what we can improve on and just prepare for the game as usual.”

    He added: “We just need to go and do our talking on the park and hopefully prove tomorrow that we’re going to win the game and get stuck in about it just the same.”

    With Brendan Rodgers side hungry to extend their incredible run, it makes for an interesting encounter in Glasgow.

    The Celtic manager could be without the injured Moussa Dembele and Nir Bitton, whilst Patrick Roberts may be doubtful after he left the park early on Wednesday night.

    Please note, this is a ticket-only fixture – no cash turnstiles will be in operation.

    Admission prices are as follows:

    ADULTS £27/£24
    CONCESSION £17/£14
    UNDER 13 £10/£7
    • Cheaper price is for restricted view seats. Once full view allocation has been sold, restricted view tickets will be available.
    • Concessions are listed as over 65s and under 16s
    • Please note, all under 13s attending the match must be accompanied by an adult
    • Please note that there are no remaining spaces for ambulant or wheelchair access in the Celtic end. These are sold out.
    • Motherwell fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Brian Davidson on 07725 917161

    If you can’t make it tomorrow, don’t miss the action by tuning in to mixlr.com/motherwellfc for live commentary or follow the match on Twitter @MotherwellFC

    You can see the match highlights on MFC TV’s YouTube channel, as well as full reaction and a match report right here on the official website.

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    Robinson: Team focused on football

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson has called for attention to turn to football as his side prepare for a third clash with Celtic in six days.

    And the manager, who expressed his pride for his team following Wednesday’s 1-1 draw, is keen to get back to business tomorrow afternoon.

    Speaking to the broadcast press this morning, the Northern Irishman addressed a number of talking points from the previous two encounters, but called for more people to talk about the hard-work of his team.

    [pullquote]We’ve won fourteen games already and we only won thirteen last season, we’ve taken four points off Aberdeen and Celtic in our last two games – we took none at all last season.[/pullquote]

    He said: “Let’s talk about how good a player Scott Brown is, and Chris Cadden and Allan Campbell and people like that.

    “Nobodies spoke about Motherwell, instead it’s rivalries, but nobodies actually said that we had seven clean sheets last season and we’ve got nine already.

    “We’ve won fourteen games already and we only won thirteen last season, we’ve taken four points off Aberdeen and Celtic in our last two games – we took none at all last season.”

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    Campbell: Ready for the battle

    ‘Well midfielder Allan Campbell insists that him and his teammates will approach every game in the same manner.

    Looking ahead to tomorrow’s meeting with Celtic in Glasgow, the young Steelman is aiming to do all of his talking on the park.

    And with confidence high around Fir Park, Campbell believes ‘Well can go to Parkhead and end Celtic’s unbeaten run.

    [pullquote]We just need to go and do our talking on the park and hopefully prove tomorrow that we’re going to win the game and get stuck in about it just the same.[/pullquote]

    He said: “We approach every game just the same, we go out every week and try and win the game and I think tomorrow is going to be the same.

    “We’ll prepare right today, train well, have a meeting with the gaffer, see what we can improve on and just prepare for the game as usual.”

    He added: “We just need to go and do our talking on the park and hopefully prove tomorrow that we’re going to win the game and get stuck in about it just the same.”

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    Club statement: Celtic match

    Motherwell Football Club today released the following statement in relation to Wednesday’s match with Celtic at Fir Park.

    “Many supporters have contacted the club today seeking clarity on our position regarding incidents during Wednesday night’s fixture with Celtic.

    “Firstly, it is unfortunate yet another Motherwell match has been dominated by a debatable decision from a match official. It is a call that has left the majority of our supporters again feeling extremely frustrated.

    “Whilst everyone in football accepts match officials have a challenging role, and getting everything correct is almost impossible, it is disappointing to see high profile decisions affect both Wednesday night’s match and the Betfred Cup final in the way they have.

    “To that end, we have made contact with the Scottish FA’s Head of Refereeing to express our views and seek feedback.

    “In addition, the board would like to thank our fans for yet another strong turnout and for their backing of the team. Our average attendances are up almost 30% this season as Stephen Robinson and his squad continue to capture the imagination.

    “However, we also note the comments of the Celtic captain today. As we do at every match at Fir Park, if any incidents are reported to us, we will fully investigate them. Should any evidence exist, we will take appropriate action against any individuals who have acted unacceptably.

    “In addition, we will work with Celtic Football Club to fully investigate, amongst other things, the numerous acts of vandalism, including 206 broken seats, damaged toilets and graffiti in the McEwan Fraser Legal South Stand.”

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    Clancy in the middle at Celtic Park

    Referee for Saturday’s league trip to Celtic Park is Kevin Clancy.

    The 34-year-old takes charge of the Steelmen’s third meeting with Celtic in a week and his third Motherwell clash of the season, with the two prior to this weekend coming in the Betfred Cup.

    It will be the officials first involvement with the Steelmen away from home this term too,  following the 4-0 and 3-0 wins against Greenock Morton and Aberdeen respectively. 

    Last season, the referee was the man in the middle on five occasions.

    That included two Lanarkshire derbies during the 2016/17 season – including the goalless draw at Fir Park and the dramatic 1-0 victory towards the end of the season in which Louis Moult’s header secured three crucial points.

    His overall record in charge of Motherwell reads fifteen matches in total, Motherwell winning seven, drawing three and losing five. ‘Well have scored twenty-three and conceded nineteen.

    Kevin will be assisted by Stuart Stevenson and Graeme Leslie. Don Robertson is the fourth official.

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

    Highlights from Fir Park as a late Sinclair penalty cancels out Lustig’s own goal.

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    Celtic in pictures

    Images from tonight’s 1-1 draw with Celtic at Fir Park.

    Snaps courtesy of SNSPix

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    Robinson: We showed character

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson brushed aside the disappointments of a late Celtic equaliser as he reflected on his side’s 1-1 draw with the league leaders.

    A rigid ‘Well came just minutes away from victory at Fir Park following cup heartbreak on Sunday.

    And, at full time, the Northern Irishman hailed some excellent performances on a night when the Steelmen picked up more important points in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

    [pullquote]To produce that performance after the disappointment of Sunday it shows what great characters we have at this football club.[/pullquote]

    Robinson said: “I’m ever so proud of them. To produce that performance after the disappointment of Sunday it shows what great characters we have at this football club.

    “With five or six minutes to go, running the champions close and, for me, deserving to get three points.”

    He added: “I’m not going to talk about [the penalty decision], what I want to do is talk about the performance of Allan Campbell, the performance of Chris Cadden and Trevor Carson – boys who give their everything.”

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    Motherwell 1 – 1 Celtic

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    Phil McGhee at Fir Park

    Motherwell were denied being the team who ended Celtic’s long unbeaten run after a late penalty for the visitors ensured they left with a share of the spoils.

    A tireless performance from Stephen Robinson’s men and Mikael Lustig’s own goal looked like securing the win that would stop the league leaders making it 66 domestic matches undefeated. But as they courageously defended their lead, in particular through an outstanding performance from Trevor Carson, they were again undone by a penalty decision with only four minutes remaining.

    Andy Rose was adjudged to have fouled Callum McGregor on the byline, a decision the midfielder hotly disputed, and Scott Sinclair hammered home the debatable penalty.

    Until then, Motherwell looked like holding on with a gritty performance which would have provided some degree of satisfaction and revenge after Sunday’s cup final defeat to the Parkhead side.

    ‘Well made three changes to the team that started at Hampden, with Allan Campbell returning to the middle and Elliot Frear wide on the left. Deimantas Petravicius also made his first start on the right flank.

    The Fir Park players showed no signs of a cup hangover or self pity as they pressed towards Craig Gordon’s goal from the kick-off.

    And within four minutes, Moult’s run along the goal line earned a corner. Chris Cadden’s in-swinger found Carl McHugh but from 10 yards his header flew over the bar.

    At the other end Carson had little to do until the 20th minute, when the ‘keeper spread himself to block Callum McGregor’s low angled drive from the edge of the box.

    Despite plenty of endeavour and some hearty challenges from both sides, neither goal was threatened, with another Cadden corner through a packed six yard box finding no takers.

    In injury time, when it looked like being a first half stalemate for the second consecutive game, a series of slick Celtic passing sent Kieran Tierney through on goal.

    From eight yards the fullback’s drilled shot appeared to be past Carson, until the ‘Well ‘keeper miraculously got a touch to deflect the ball up and over the crossbar for a breathtaking save.

    In a bid to offer some resistance on the right flank, Rose replaced Petravicius at the interval. But it was almost deja vu within three minutes of the restart, when only some stout defending from ‘Well prevented Griffiths and James Forrest from opening the scoring.

    As the Parkhead men started to look more menacing around the home goal, Carson produced another stunning save at full length to push McGregor’s fierce drive round the post.

    In stark contrast, Gordon in the opposite goal was a relieved ‘keeper just two minutes later. His clearance landed at Cadden’s feet, with his immediate cross finding Moult with his back to goal. But his overhead effort sent the ball over an unguarded goal to save the goalkeeper’s blushes.

    With 65 minutes played Craig Tanner replaced Frear and it was almost a dream introduction as within a minute. Tait’s cross picked him out unmarked in front of goal, only for Tanner to screw his header wide of a begging goal.

    Tanner’s next effort was on target but his left foot shot was comfortably held by the Celtic ‘keeper.

    With 18 minutes remaining, and to a chorus of boos from the home support, Scott Sinclair came on for Armstrong ,with Ryan Bowman replacing Carl McHugh as ‘Well chased all three points.

    Six minutes later the Fir Parkers made the breakthrough. Cadden floated a free kick into a packed box and as pack of heads rose to meet it, the ball glanced off Mikael Lustig and beyond his despairing ‘keeper to put Motherwell in front with 12 minutes remaining.

    It looked like Celtic were out of luck six minutes from time when Tom Rogic, who netted the injury time winner the last time the teams met at Fir Park, rattled the ball of the post with the ball kindly rebounding to the grounded Carson.

    Two minutes later the ‘Well ‘keeper produced another stunning save. Having blocked McGregor from close range, Carson reacted quickly as the ball spiralled towards his goal stretching above the chasing Celtic midfielder to push the ball towards the corner flag.

    But as Andy Rose was seeing the ball out of the box he collided with McGregor, who had raced back onto the field on his blind side. As the Celtic player stumbled to the ground, referee Willie Collum pointed to the penalty spot.

    With more than touch of irony, Sinclair stepped up to confidently slam the spot kick high past Carson to leave the sides with a deserved share of the points each, and Celtic’s 66 game unbeaten run preserved.

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     Alastair Reilly at Fir Park

    FULL TIME: Motherwell 1-1 Celtic
    A fine performance from a spirited ‘Well side, cruelly denied by the late penalty kick.

    90’ | 1-1
    End to end finish to the game as Motherwell keep pressing to retake the lead. Three minutes added on.

    87’ | 1-1
    Scott Sinclair to take the spot kick… goal for Celtic

    86’ | 1-0
    Penalty to Celtic

    85’ | 1-0
    What a save Trevor Carson! Rogic’s shot cannons off the post but the keeper snatches it from rolling over the line.

    80’ | 1-0
    Celtic change. Mikael Lustig replaced by Odsonne Edouard.

    78’ | 1-0
    Craig Tanner’s free kick goes through a sea of bodies and it hits… somebody and goes in!!!

    78’ | 1-0
    GOAL FOR MOTHERWELL!!!

    74’ | 0-0
    Final Motherwell sub. Ryan Bowman on for Carl McHugh.

    72’ | 0-0
    Celtic sub. Scott Sinclair on to a chorus of boos, replacing Stuart Armstrong.

    70’ | 0-0
    Motherwell piling on the pressure! This time it’s Tanner with the shot from the left of the box, gathered by Gordon.

    67’ | 0-0
    Another huge chance for Motherwell. Tait’s cross is inch perfect and Tanner meets it with his head… but it drops wide of the post.

    66’ | 0-0
    Substitution for Motherwell. Craig Tanner coming on for Elliott Frear.

    62’ | 0-0
    Straight up the other end a chance for Celtic. McGregor finds space on the left but his shot flashes across the face of the goal.

    Some tehincal issues, but we’re back online with live commentary now:

    60’ | 0-0
    And a huge chance for the ‘Well! Moult in space in the box controls Cadden’s cross on his chest, but his acrobatic effort from 12 yards is just over the bar.

    59’ | 0-0
    Penalty shout for Motherwell! Moult goes down in the box attacking Frear’s cross but nothing given.

    50′ | 0-0
    Campbell booked for a tug on Armstong.

    There has been a half-time sub for Motherwell, Rose on for Petravicius

    48′ | 0-0
    Couple of decent chances there for Celtic but Hartley puts in a great block then thankfully Tierney fires wide of the post.

    Celtic get the second 45 underway.

    Right on the stroke of half time, Trevor Carson has produced an unbelievable save to deny Rogic from close range!

    HT: Motherwell 0 – 0 Celtic

    39′ | 0-0
    A couple of half-chance there for ‘Well. Ball broke to Kipré on the edge of the box but his shot was blocked then Tait’s shot was well over the bar

    38′ | 0-0
    Trip by Brown on Moult who was breaking into the box. Frear’s free-kick is knocked out for a corner.

    35′ | 0-0
    Griffths curls in a free-kick to the backpost which is hooked wide of the target by Boyata

    29′ | 0-0
    Rogic has another chance but this time he fires over the bar from just outside the box.

    23′ | 0-0
    Armstrong hacks down Cadden as he broke away but no yellow card produced

    20’ | 0-0
    Decent chance there for Rogic as he forces a good stop from Carson then fires the rebound wide of the post

    10′ | 0-0
    Early change for Celtic, Roberts off for Rogic.

    We are underway here at Fir Park. Having a few technical issues…

    Motherwell get the game underway. COYW!