Celtic vs Motherwell Live Blog: Score and Updates

Keep up with the live score and updates as Celtic take on Motherwell at Parkhead in the Scottish Premiership. Do not miss out on any of the action.

FT Celtic 2-0 Motherwell. We take all three points to remain at the top of the Premiership table. Edouard and an own goal are enough to see Motherwell off.

86′ SUBSTITUTION

ON Morgan

OFF Elyounoussi

77′ Some brilliant play from Edouard there to set up Ntcham, whose effort is saved.

74′ Appeals for handball are waived off after a Frimpong volley appears to strike the arm of a Motherwell defender.

71′ Christie sees an effort saved by the Motherwell keeper.

67′ SUBSTITUTION

ON Christie

OFF Forrest

63′ McGregor plays Edouard through but the ball is caught under his feet.

54′ GOAL! 2-0! Tait deflects a Jonny Hayes cross into his own net. We’ll take it.

50′ Edouard almost plays Forrest clean through. Inches!

46′ We are back underway at Paradise.

HT Celtic 1-0 Motherwell. We go into the break a goal up thanks to that Edouard strike in the 19th minute. But the 1-0 scoreline doesn’t justify the dominance that the Hoops have showcased in this game.

43′ Hayes fires straight at the Motherwell keeper. Celtic have been all over the visitors for the an extended period of the game.

39′ Ntcham is now running things. Another brilliant ball to find Forrest but Elyounoussi fires the cutback over the bar this time.

38′ Forrest sees his effort blocked. We are getting closer to the second as the half-time whistle approaches.

36′ Brilliant through ball from Ntcham. But Edouard fires his effort over.

33′ Now Ntcham tries his luck from distance but it is over the bar.

32′ Great link-up between Frimpong and Forrest. But the cross cannot reach Edouard.

30′ Half an hour gone and it is still 1-0. Motherwell have gone even more defensive since going a goal down.

Elyounoussi played Forrest in but the ball was stabbed away from his feet, only for Edouard to pounce and put the Hoops a goal up.

19′ GOAL! It’s that man again. Odsonne Edouard! What a legend!

12′ Elyounoussi has a chance on the counter but the visitors are resolute at the back.

9′ Brilliant pass from Forrest to find Ajer. But the Motherwell defence clear the danger.

5′ Edouard with the effort this time. Forces a good save out of the Motherwell keeper.

3′ Hayes tries his luck from 25 yards but it is over.

Kick-off! We are underway at Celtic Park.

Celtic XI

Fraser Forster

Jeremie Frimpong

Kris Ajer

Christopher Jullien

Jonny Hayes

Scott Brown (c)

Callum McGregor

Olivier Ntcham

James Forrest

Mohamed Elyounoussi

Odsonne Edouard

Substitutes: Craig Gordon, Greg Taylor, Nir Bitton, Moritz Bauer, Lewis Morgan, Ryan Christie, Tom Rogic.

 

Motherwell XI

Gillespie

Tait

Gallagher

Mugabi

Carroll

Grimshaw

Maguire

Campbell

Polworth

Cole

Long

Substitutes: Carson, Sloth, Seedorf, Manzinga, Hylton, Scott, Semple.

 

Celtic welcome Motherwell to Parkhead knowing that a win could see them take a lead in the Premiership while a loss or a draw could possibly see them fall behind Rangers who take on Livingston at the same time. The title race is very tight between the two Glasgow sides and any slip up could prove costly at the end of the season.

Neil Lennon has made a few changes to the side that came away with a historical victory from Italy just a few days back. Elhamed picked up an injury and has been replaced by Jeremie Frimpong in the line-up. Oliver Ntcham’s heroics also see him get the nod from the manager as Ryan Christie gets some well deserved rest after playing a tremendous amount of football over the past few months.

Every league game is important this season as Steven Gerrard’s Rangers looking stronger than ever and Celtic aiming for a record-equaling ninth straight league title. And as a result, Lennon has not made wholesale changes to the team despite knowing that his team will be weary from a tough away win against Lazio less than 72 hours earlier.

Motherwell have made a strong start to the season and currently sit at fourth position in the Premiership table with a game in hand over Aberdeen. They are coming off the back of a two-game win streak and Celtic cannot afford to take them lightly.