Scoreline doesn’t tell whole story

Stephen McManus has his head in his hands after slicing James Forrest's cross past his own 'keeper.
Stephen McManus has his head in his hands after slicing James Forrest's cross past his own 'keeper.

Motherwell’s winning run came to an end at Parkhead on Saturday but the 3-0 scoreline was more than generous to the home side.

’Well were dealt a blow in the days leading up to the match with the news Simon Ramsden had undergone knee surgery and will be out for six weeks.

As such for just the second time in his career Stevie Hammell moved to right-back with Zaine Francis-Angol coming in on the left.

It took just five minutes for Celtic to score as Kris Commons played in Anthony Stokes, his shot was parried by Gunnar Nielsen and COMMONS reacted quickest to tuck in the rebound.

John Sutton had a great chance to equalise as Shaun Hutchinson nodded down Iain Vigurs’s free kick, but the ball bounced off the striker’s thigh and into the grateful grasp of Fraser Forster.

The respective right wingers James Forrest and Lionel Ainsworth both showed their turn of speed by cutting in from out wide, but both shot just wide, the latter with the help of a slight deflection.

Virgil Van Dijk demonstrated a beautiful Marseille turn to get away from Keith Lasley in the box, but fired over.

On 39 minutes it was 2-0 as Nielsen tripped Stokes in the box and COMMONS fired in the penalty.

Although down ’Well came out for the second half proving they weren’t out and only a fine stop by Forster prevented Vigurs blasting into the top corner.

In response Stokes clipped the top of the bar and then, much like Nielsen, Efe Ambrose was lucky to avoid a red card as he took out Vigurs who looked to have a free run on goal.

On 69 minutes it was three time as Stokes found Forrest on the right and his cross was turned into his own net by STEPHEN MCMANUS.

This didn’t deter ’Well, but after Ambrose and Forster got in a mess dealing with James McFadden’s ball Vigurs could only scuff over.

Celtic were reduced to ten men 11 minutes from the end as Stokes committed an appalling foul on Lasley who was lucky to avoid injury.

The visitors tried to make the most of their man advantage but despite chances for Henri Anier, Vigurs and McFadden just could not find the net.

Celtic: Forster, Izaguirre, Ambrose (Balde 87), Van Dijk, Brown, Stokes, Commons (Pukki 80), Ledley, Mulgrew, Fisher, Forrest. Subs not used: Zaluska, Biton, O’Connell, Henderson, Atajic.

Motherwell: Nielsen, Hammell, Hutchinson, McManus, McFadden, Sutton (Anier 76), Vigurs, Lasley, Francis-Angol, Carswell, Ainsworth (Kerr 73). Subs nots used: Stewart, Lawson, Moore, Murray, Leitch.

Referee: Bobby Madden.

Attendance: 47,489.