Stephen Robinson said he was “disappointed” that Celtic were able to profit from a succession of individual errors, as the champions ran out 5-2 winners at Motherwell.
- First team
Robinson: We’ll learn lessonsSaturday 10 August 2019
- First team
Motherwell lose to rampant CelticSaturday 10 August 2019
Motherwell ran out of steam in the second half as they went down 5-2 at home to Celtic.
In an explosive opening Motherwell were rewarded for a positive start, Liam Donnelly’s gave his side the lead after 10 minutes.
The advantage was short lived as Kristopher Ajer equalised within 90 seconds. Then just before the end of an entertaining first half where the Fir Park side dominated large spells, a Leigh Griffiths free kick put Celtic in front.
The Steelmen failed to put Celtic under the same kind of pressure in the second half as the champions found their feet. Coupled with a few defensive lapses, goals from James Forrest, Odsonne Edouard and Ryan Christie gave Celtic an emphatic lead.
Although Donnelly found the net again in injury time, to claim his sixth of the season, it was little consolation as ‘Well ended up on the wrong side of a scoreline that looked improbable on their first half performance.
Stephen Robinson stuck close to the tam which finished the game at Livingston last week. Christopher Long led the attack with Sherwin Seedorf and Jermaine Hylton on either side of him.
The only forced change was Liam Grimshaw replacing the suspended Jake Carroll, with Richard Tait reverting to the left back slot.
Celtic, after their European exertions in midweek rotated their line-up but were still able to bring in the goal threat of Leigh Griffiths and Lewis Morgan.
However, it was Motherwell that made the early threats on Scott Bain’s goal and the Celtic ‘keeper had a few anxious moments in the early play as the home side played a pressing game in the visitor’s half.
In the 10th minute, Liam Polworth’s corner kick found Declan Gallagher eight yards out but having stooped to meet the ball he could only guide his header over the bar.
Two minutes later, though, the pair combined to set up the opening goal. Polworth’s crossfield ball again found Gallagher at the edge of the box. His cushioned header teed up Donnelly and his low drive from 18 yards sneaked inside the right hand post and beyond Bain’s despairing dive.
The Fir Park fans were still celebrating when Celtic produced a leveller within 90 seconds. James Forrest trailed the ball towards the home box before releasing the ball into the path of Ajer and with Gillespie racing from his line the Celtic defender calmly steered the ball under the ‘keeper to make it 1-1.
Despite that setback the home side stuck to its game plan and when Campbell sent Long in behind Ajer there were strong appeals for a penalty as the Celtic defender desperately attempted to dispossess the ‘Well striker.
With 25 minutes played, Seedorf whipped the ball low across the face of Bain’s goal but just in front of Hylton who came racing in from the other wing.
A quick break from the Parkhead men found Olivier Ntcham with time on the left but his low ball intended for Griffiths was well cut out by Gillespie as he slid out to claim the ball.
Two minutes later the French midfielder did find a team mate with a delightful clipped pass to Boli Bolingoli but from a tight angle he dragged the ball across Gillespie and narrowly beyond his left hand post.
Having been pressed into their own half for most of the first half, Celtic enjoyed more possession around the home goal as the interval approached. And five minutes from the break the advantage swung Celtic’s way.
Gallagher rather clumsily fouled Griffiths 25 yards from goal and the Scotland striker once again demonstrated his dead ball prowess, driving the free kick though the ‘Well defensive wall and inside Gillespie’s left hand post.
The Steelmen came close to claiming an immediate equaliser when Polworth found Donnelly close to the byeline. His driven cross begged a finishing touch but Long’s lunge four yards from goal failed to make contact.
Despite going behind Motherwell took a great deal of credit from the first half and in an attempt to restart on the front foot, Christian Ilic replaced Seedorf.
However, it was Celtic, having recovered from their midweek travels and lethargic first half who pushed towards Gillespie’s goal from the start of the second half.
Just beyond the hour mark Stephen Robinson made his second change giving Devante Cole the chance to make an impression up front in place of Long.
It looked promising when the on loan Wigan striker was judged narrowly offside as he raced in on goal. But within four minutes of his appearance Celtic had extended the lead.
Forrest collected Bolingoli’s cut back just beyond the corner of the six yard box and although his path to goal looked blocked, the Scotland winger side stepped inside Gallagher before stroking the ball across Gillespie and just inside his far post to make it 3-1.
That virtually killed the game but in a final attempt to inject some life into the home side James Scott replaced Hylton for the final 20 minutes.
It was Celtic though who scored again 15 from time. As ‘Well claimed a handball against Bolingoli, the ball quickly moved to the other end where Edouard calmly placed the ball to Gillespie’s right
Motherwell determined to put an accurate perspective on the scoreline, looked to reduce the leeway and after taking a pass from Ilic wide on the right, Grimshaw’s fierce drive flew narrowly beyond Bain’s post.
Celtic , though weren’t finished and six minutes from time Christie blasted home number five from the penalty spot after Donnelly had tripped Edouard in the box.
In injury time, Donnelly blasted home his second of the afternoon when he collected Gallgher’s knockdown and from a few yards fired high into the net to end the goal scoring spree.
Donate items to British Heart Foundation ScotlandFriday 09 August 2019
Following our newly-formed partnership deal with British Heart Foundation Scotland, fans can now donate items directly to the nation’s heart charity at Fir Park.
British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland’s distinctive red donation bins will be located at the ‘Well Shop and the Chapman Office from Friday 9 August until our game with Hearts on Friday 16 August.
Supporters are being asked to drop off any unwanted items to help raise money for the charity’s life saving research. On match night itself, BHF donation bins will be located outside the Cooper Suite until kick-off for anyone wishing to donate and can collections will also take place.
Items suitable for donation include good quality clothing, shoes and handbags, books, accessories, jewellery, CDs and DVDS, children’s toys and homeware. In addition donation bags are now also available from the ‘Well Shop and the ticket office.
Heart and circulatory diseases cause the deaths of around 17,000 people in Scotland – nearly 50 people every day. The BHF is currently funding £56m of research into such conditions across Scotland, including at its Centres of Research Excellence in Glasgow and Edinburgh and at universities in St Andrews, Dundee and Aberdeen.
“Our research is only made possible thanks to the generosity of our supporters,” Annie Cunningham, BHF Scotland Area Manager, explained.
“Your bags and donations help us fund breakthroughs that save and improve lives. And having a clear out also means you’re helping the environment.
“We are so grateful to Motherwell FC and have no doubt their fans will give us bags of support too.”
BHF Scotland is the club’s official shorts sponsor for the season ahead.
Suzanne Reid, head of commercial and marketing at Motherwell FC, added: “I am sure our generous supporters will welcome the opportunity to donate freely to this excellent cause and back our new partnership.”
Doreen McLintock lost her dad Bobby Orr to a fatal heart attack when he was just 52 years old. She now manages BHF Scotland’s Furniture and Electrical Shop in Motherwell and says public support makes all the difference.
“I lost my dad far too young,” said Doreen. “He had no ill health really before his death, was fit and an active member of Hamilton Curling Club and Motherwell High Road Bowling Club.
“We were devastated and that is why the BHF’s research is so important. It’s helping to keep families together and by donating to our shops, you are playing your part too and we are so thankful.”
BHF Scotland also runs a free collection service for donations of unwanted furniture and electrical items to our stores, including items like sofas, tables, beds and more. You can find out more or book a collection at the BHF website or call 0808 250 0030.
- First team
Manager: We have to put our stamp on the gameFriday 09 August 2019
Stephen Robinson believes Motherwell have the quality to give Celtic a game on Saturday, so long as everyone is at the top of their game.
The ‘Well boss says it is paramount his team follow the gameplan set out to be able to go toe-to-toe with the champions.
On the test Celtic will pose
“It’ll be a real early test for us against Celtic. We know what sort of qualities Celtic have.
“But we believe we’ve got quality in the side as well. We have to make sure we put our stamp on the game. We didn’t last week.
“We matched the battling qualities of Livingston. The game was reduced to a scrap, if we are totally honest.
“But it up to us to make sure we put our stamp on the game. We will have that opportunity again tomorrow.
“Our players will be aware of Celtic. I’d be a bad manager if I didn’t make them aware of the threats. But it has to be about us.
“We have a terrific home record here.If you look from Christmas, we have won an incredible amount of games for us.
“It’s something we go in very confident [about]. We will try and take our game to them. We will try and press, and we will try and get our wide players on the ball to cause problems.
“To win the game, we have to have 11 players at the top of their game. You perhaps need a couple of Celtic players to have an off day as well.
“But I am confident. We go into the game in very, very good form. We’ve not conceded a goal yet.
“We are organised. Last week, we were organised. We were defensively sound.But we didn’t play.
“We didn’t get the ball into the areas we wanted to often enough.
“We will be a different kettle of fish at home. We have to be very aware of Celtic’s threats, especially with the quality they have in forward areas.”
On stepping up to Premiership standard
“They’ll certainly have seen the extremes of Scottish football.Even the surfaces… our pitch is magnificent.
“You’ll have two teams playing, moving the ball very quickly and trying to take control of the game.
“There’s no right and wrong way to play football. Livingston played to their strengths. They do it very well, so why not? Gary has done a very good job there.
“Neil Lennon will play to Celtic’s strengths. And we will play to our strengths. It’s a game I am very much looking forward to.
“It’ll be completely different to last week. The thing we have to do that we didn’t do last week is put our stamp on the game.
“It’s us trying to take the game to Celtic, which is obviously a difficult one. But when we do land on the ball, we [have to] try put our gameplan in place.”
Important season card informationThursday 08 August 2019
If you’ve renewed your season ticket for the 2019/20 season, the majority of supporters should retain their cards from last year to use again this campaign.
When you renewed, you will have been informed whether a new card was required. If you weren’t, then your season ticket for 2019/20 will have been loaded on to your existing card.
If your status changed – for example you moved to an under 16s ticket to an adult one, or from an adult ticket to an over 60s ticket – you should have been issued a new card.
Please also note that all kids aged 15 and under with season tickets were reissued with new cards.
If you have not been issued a new card when you believe you should, please email email@example.com immediately, or call 01698 333333 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Thursday, and 9am and 4pm on Fridays.
Season ticket sales up year-on-yearThursday 08 August 2019
With just two days to go until our league home opener, we’re delighted to announce our season ticket numbers have increased year-on-year.
Compared to the same day in 2018, the number of fans who have committed for the campaign is now higher today by a comfortable margin.
We are now very close to breaking through the 4,000 season ticket holder mark. It would be incredible if you got your ticket now to swell our numbers ahead of the visit of Celtic on Saturday lunchtime.
Remember, every adult and concession season ticket purchased means you can bring up to two children aged 15 or under for free all season long. They’ll get their own season card and designated seat, as they join you in supporting the ‘Well.
If you’ve yet to renew your seat from last year, we’re holding your seat for you. Just head to tickets.motherwellfc.co.uk, login to your account and you will see an offer to renew your seat displayed. From there, just check everything is correct and then go through the process to secure your ticket.
If you’re thinking of buying new, that’s great to hear. It’s really easy to get yours. Just head to tickets.motherwellfc.co.uk, click season tickets and then choose your seat(s).
If you would rather, you can visit the ticket office between 9am and 5pm Monday to Thursday, 9am until 4pm on Fridays and from 10am on Saturday. You can also call us on 01698 333333 during those hours to speak to one of our staff.
Season ticket prices
- Reserves & Under 18s
Colts progress past SpartansWednesday 07 August 2019
Motherwell’s Colts progressed to the second round of the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup with a 1-0 win over Lowland League side Spartans.
Jamie Semple’s first half strike was the difference for Maurice Ross’ side, who progress to play Clyde at Broadwood next Tuesday.
A youthful Motherwell side benefitted from the first team experience of David Devine and Semple, while PJ Morrison also started in goal in his first competitive appearance since an impressive loan spell at Albion Rovers last term.
After the early exchanges, the youngsters started to put their foot on the ball and patiently build from the back, looking to spring an attack.
Their reward came after just 17 minutes. Devine’s ball from deep into the six-yard box was met at the left and back post by the onrushing Semple.
Taking the ball out of the air he made a stab at goal, only for the goalkeeper to block. In a flash, the ball was spilled back at his feet, allowing him to take a touch and then lift the ball into the roof of the net from point blank range.
Motherwell could have went two up when debutant Ross MacIver’s first half effort was cleared off the line, and Spartans showed late attacking promise as the 45 wore on.
The second half saw both sides struggle to create chances, with the hosts retaining the majority of the possession.
Motherwell: Morrison, Brown, Devine, Hussain, McDonald, Kettings, Semple, Robertson, Cook (Williamson), MacIver, Starrs.
Subs not used: Hemfrey, Muir.
- First team
Next up: CelticWednesday 07 August 2019
The first Ladbrokes Premiership home game of 2019/20 arrives on Saturday, as Motherwell welcome Celtic to Fir Park.
Having picked up four cup wins and a league draw from five fixtures this campaign, the Steelmen are on a high going into the fixture.
Tickets are available to buy online now for Motherwell supporters. Celtic fans should contact their club direct.
Kick off on Saturday is at 12pm. Our Cooper Bar is open from 11am and after the match.
Tale of the tape
Motherwell are unbeaten in six, winning four Betfred Cup matches, drawing at Livingston in the league opener and also defeating the Lions in the final game of the 2018/19 season.
Celtic have won seven competitive games on the bounce. A 7-0 win over St Johnstone to open the league season came after four victories in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers.
Back-to-back wins over Hearts in the league and Scottish Cup final at the end of last season also contributed to the run.
Head to head
The previous three encounters between the clubs at Fir Park ended in draws.
Danny Johnson was the scorer when the sides last met in ML1 back in December 2018, cancelling out Ryan Christie’s opener.
A 0-0 draw came in March 2018, despite Cedric Kipré’s first half red card, and a 1-1 draw in November 2017.
Tickets are available online now or from the Fir Park ticket office for Motherwell supporters. Celtic fans should contact their club direct.
Adult £30 / £23 Over 60s / 18 and under / full-time students £21 / £19 Under 16s £3
The cheaper price is for our John Hunter Stand. Celtic fans should contact their club direct for tickets.
Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Andy Sim on 07428 225254 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can’t make it? Watch or listen live
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Priced at £12 a month, just head to tv.motherwellfc.co.uk to subscribe.
Wherever you are, there’s also live audio commentary available on our streaming service for £5.99 a month.
- First team
Jake Carroll banned for two matchesTuesday 06 August 2019
Jake Carroll has accepted a two-match suspension from the Scottish Football Association.
The Motherwell defender was accused by the compliance officer of committing an act of serious foul play, following a tackle in the match with Livingston on 3 August.
The governing body offered an immediate two-match ban, or the opportunity to take the matter to a hearing on Thursday.
Both the player and the club have decided to accept the suspension offered. Jake will now miss the matches with Celtic on 10 August and Hearts on 16 August.
- Reserves & Under 18s
Colts take on SpartansMonday 05 August 2019
A young Motherwell side will be in Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup action on Wednesday night, as they play host to Lowland League side Spartans.
Having reached the quarter-finals of the competition last time, Maurice Ross’ side head into the game at the Penny Cars Stadium in Airdrie with pedigree in the cup.
Tale of the tape
The young team are yet to play a competitive game so far this season for the Steelmen, although they have been ticking over with closed door matches and first team action for many across pre-season.
Spartans have played two Lowland League matches so far. After losing 2-1 at home to BSC Glasgow in their first game, they then defeated Edinburgh University 2-0 at the weekend.
Both teams are just starting out in the competition for 2019/20 in the first round.
Last season, Spartans fell at the first round stage to fellow Lowland League side East Kilbride.
After a 1-1 draw at K-Park, Kilby progressed 5-4 on penalties.
They’ve twice reached the second round of the competition, losing to Linfield and Stranraer respectively.
Motherwell lost to eventual winners Ross County in the last eight at Fir Park, despite taking the then-Championship side all the way.
Adam Livingstone’s remarkable free-kick gave hope, before the Staggies ran out 2-1 winners.
Kick off at the Penny Cars Stadium in Airdrie is at 7.45pm. Fans can pay at the gate. Adult entry costs £10, with concessions going for £5.
The winners of the tie will face Clyde away on Tuesday, 13 August 2019.