Celtic face Motherwell this weekend in the Cinch Premiership. On the back of a win against Livingston on Saturday, Brendan Rodgers’ side have a week to prepare for the trip to North Lanarkshire to face Stuart Kettlewell’s side.
The last time the Celts met with Motherwell at Fir Park resulted in a 2-1 win for the Scottish Champions. Ange Postecoglou’s team showed character that day as they battled to take home all three points.
Kyogo opened the scoring for Celtic with a tap-in after some great work from Matt O’Riley. The talented midfielder was robbed of possession at the edge of the Motherwell box and rather than simply giving up and retreating to his deep role, the tenacious Dane stepped forward, tackled the Motherwell player before assisting for his attacking colleague.
Celtic thought they had made it 2-0 through Jota. Abada’s backheel found the Japanese striker, who fired a crossfield pass to the path of Jota. The player ran through, debated his strike before lifting the ball over Liam Kelly as the ball nestled into the net. It was a stunning goal but the replays were extremely tight. The camera angle wasn’t afforded to supporters to clearly see the offside, as is the case in European competitions.Willie Collum deferred to his VAR colleague, David Dickinson, who said that the goal was offside.
Daizen Maeda made it 2-0. It was a brilliantly weighted pass from David Turnbull to pass the ball to the advancing forward. Maeda took a touch and was able to weigh up his options before firing the shot underneath Liam Kelly. However, Motherwell had the ball in the net moments after with Ross Tierney taking an excellent volley over his shoulder to reduce Celtic’s lead.