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Scottish Premiership

Fir Park Stadium (ATT 8,760) 22nd April 2012 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: S O'Reilly

Motherwell Motherwell vs Celtic Celtic


Celtic 3

T Watt (63, 66)
C Du-Ri (83)

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Last Updated at 4:33 pm, April 22nd 2012

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  2. FULL TIME: Tony Watt - signed from Motherwell's rivals Airdrie last season makes a dream debut. The 18-year-old scored a quick-fire brace during the second half at Fir Park. And Cha Du-Ri headed home a third late on to complete a comfortable victory.

  3. 90+1

    Celtic will prepare for another Glasgow derby next Sunday as referee Stevie O'Reilly blows his whistle for full-time.

  4. 90

    The fourth official confirms an addition two added minutes of stoppage time will be added on as Tony Watt cuts inside before unleashing a shot at goal but Darren Randolph is behind it.

  5. 89

    Celtic are on course to restore their 18 point lead over Rangers at the top of the SPL standings.

  6. 88

    Gary Hooper runs into Stevie Hammell, but Emilio Izaguirre strides forward before blasting his strike over the crossbar.

  7. 87

    Motherwell are on course for their seventh defeat of the season against the Old Firm giants.

  8. 86

    Celtic bring the ball forward and Gary Hooper's deflected effort bounces back.

  9. 85

    Michael Higdon climbs all over Charlie Mulgrew's back and he's penalised.

  10. 84

    Well, my pre-match prediction was 1-3, which was 33/1 at half-time with @Skybet. Motherwell win a corner now.

  11. Motherwell have been well and truly overpowered this half as Paddy McCourt's inswinging delivery is headed into the roof of the net by the Korean for his first goal of the season and only his second for the club.

  12. 83

    GOAL: Motherwell 0 Celtic 3 (Cha Du-Ri 83).

  13. 81

    Now Humphrey delivers for Stevie Hammell, but his header is caught by Lukasz Zaluska.

  14. 80

    Chris Humphrey races away down the right, but his cross is hacked clear.

  15. 79

    Tom Hateley strides forward before lashing his low drive well wide of the far post.

  16. 77

    SUBSTITUTION: Mikael Lustig replaces Kris Commons as Celtic make their final change.

  17. 76

    Tom Hateley's cross finds Michael Higdon, whose header strikes the crossbar, but he's offside.

  18. 75

    Henrik Ojamaa turns and hits his right-foot shot wide of the mark.

  19. 74

    The visiting fans are doing 'The Poznan' in the away section.

  20. 73

    Motherwell are looking to get themselves back into this game. They need something pretty quickly now.

  21. 72

    Henrik Ojamaa twists and turns on the edge of the box and wins a throw.

  22. 71

    Gary Hooper strays into an offside position, but the visitors are dominating possession now.

  23. 70

    Kris Commons stings the hands of Darren Randolph and it's a Celtic corner.

  24. 69

    The Hoops have said they will give their younger players a chance to impress in the remaining games of this season.

  25. 68

    Watt a debut for the youngster and Neil Lennon is a very happy man in the stands.

  26. 67

    SUBSTITUTION: Jamie Murphy replaces Stewart Carswell for Motherwell.

  27. And they get Joe Ledley finds the youngster in space and Watt fires his right-foot strike through Shaun Hutchinson's legs and into the far corner.

  28. 66

    GOAL: Motherwell 0 Celtic 2 (Tony Watt 66).

  29. 64

    And Celtic are pushing forward for a second goal now.

  30. But Motherwell cannot hold on as the 18-year-old comes on to make the difference - just three and a half minutes after coming on to the field. Victor Wanyama's right-footed cross is turned home at the back post by Watt from an acute angle for his first Celtic goal!

  31. 63

    GOAL: Motherwell 0 Celtic 1 (Tony Watt 63).

  32. 62

    Motherwell boss Stuart McCall calls on his side to keep going until the end now. This would be a valuable point if they hold on.

  33. 60

    SUBSTITUTION: Fans favourite Henrik Ojamaa comes on for Omar Daley as we reach the hour mark.

  34. 59

    SUBSTITUTION: Tony Watt replaces Pawel Brozek for Celtic.

  35. 58

    Omar Daley's cross from the right is way too long

  36. 57

    Only one of the last 57 games between these side's has ended goalless.

  37. 56

    Chris Humphrey goes over and is in need of some attention. The home crowd are not a happy bunch at the moment.

  38. 55

    FINE CHANCE CELTIC! Paddy McCourt's pass to Cha is superb, but the full-back has no conviction in either a shot or a cross allowing Darren Randolph to claim the ball.

  39. 54

    Chris Humphrey break forward for Well but Joe Ledley sticks to his task and makes a fine challenge just as he was about to pull the trigger.

  40. 53

    Well, what do you think Celtic you think Lennon should leave? Email Raz...that's me! at or Tweet me: @RazMirza and I'll publish as many as I can.

  41. 51

    Fine start to the half by Well and Nicky Law creates another chance, but his right-footed dink is easily held by Lukasz Zaluska.

  42. 50

    GOOD CHANCE! Omar Daley cuts the ball back for Nickly Law who cuts across the ball and it flies wide of the far post. That was a very good chance!

  43. 49

    The Steelmen win a throw and Chris Humphrey's cross is weak, allowing Celtic to clear.

  44. 48

    Pawel Brozek's first touch is not the best and is quickly pounced upon.

  45. 47

    Maybe the amount of changes Celtic made prior to this game has clearly played some part in the way they've approached this game.

  46. 46

    Celtic have only failed to score once away from home and that was against Hearts, way back in October as Motherwell get the second half underway.

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    If you'd like to air your views during the second half, email Raz...that's me! at or Tweet me: @RazMirza and I'll publish as many as I can.

  48. 1450

    Celtic are 10/11 to claim victory with @skybet who make Motherwell 4/1 and the draw 13/8. My pre-match prediction of 1-3, which was 12/1 is now 33/1. Head now to to place your bets.

  49. HALF TIME: Mothewell are on course for a point against Celtic at Fir Park...something they haven't done all season! Pawel Brozek had two excellent opportunties to break the deadlock for the Hoops, while keeper Lukasz Zaluska has been in fine form between the sticks and denied Chris Humphrey from distance.

  50. 45

    GOOD SAVE! Darren Randolph denies Pawel Brozek with an unorthodox save with the inside of his right-boot after being put through by Commons.

  51. 44

    CHANCE! Victor Wanyama's pull-back is fired towards goal by Commons, but it's just wide of the mark.

  52. 43

    Celtic win a free-kick wide left and Charlie Mulgrew's cross is headed towards goal by Cha but although Well clear, the ball back into the box is slammed towards goal by Kris Commons, but Randolph makes a comfortable stop.

  53. 42

    No doubt Celtic have been very pedestrian this half and it's something they will need to address at the break if it stays like this.

  54. 41

    SUBSTITUTION: And it's game over for Ki, who is quickly replaced by Paddy McCourt.

  55. 40

    Ki Sung-Yeung is in trouble and is in need of some medical attention. Looks like he's pulled a muscle!

  56. 39

    And the keeper sends Chris Humphrey away, but he pulls up as Lukasz Zaluska rushes out of his goal to clear the ball for a throw.

  57. 38

    Kris Commons' right-footed strike takes a slight deflection on the way, but Randolph is right behind it all the way.

  58. 37

    Michael Higdon brings down Charlie Mulgrew about 30-yards from goal in a central position.

  59. 36

    Law's attempted effort is well blocked by the legs of Charlie Mulgrew.

  60. 35

    BAD MISS CELTIC! A miserable attempt from Pawel Brozek as he's put through on goal by Victor Wanyama. The Polish striker pokes the ball wide of goal when it seemed easier to score!

  61. 34

    The ball seems to be in the air quite a bit at the moment. Somebody needs to get it down and start playing some football.

  62. 33

    Goalkeeper Darren Randolph is getting some medical attention after taking a knock to the head.

  63. 32

    ANOTHER GOOD SAVE! Lukasz Zaluska is in fine form today as he makes a fine stop from Chris Humphrey's right-footed strike from just outside the area.

  64. 31

    Surely they need to ask a few more questions in the final third?

  65. 30

    Darren Randolph fires the ball upfield and the Hoops are back in possession at the back.

  66. 29

    Well are doing fine work in breaking up the Celtic play so far.

  67. 28

    Omar Daley finds Steve Jennings, but Charlie Mulgrew wins the ball back, but not for long.

  68. 27

    The Steelmen win a free-kick as Gary Hooper handles the ball. The striker has dropped very deep and has failed to influence the game like he usually does.

  69. 25

    GOOD SAVE! Chris Humphrey's latches onto a long-ball and has a dig at goal with his right-foot, but Lukasz Zaluska makes a superb save to deny him what would have been a lovely opening goal.

  70. 23

    Neil Lennon doesn't look happy as he watches from the stand and Wanyama's cross is poor.

  71. 22

    Nicky Law lumps a long ball for Chris Humphrey, but he over hits his pass.

  72. 21

    Hooper finds Wanyama, but Omar Daley is back to defend from the front as he wins the ball back.

  73. 20

    Ki and Cha combine, but Steve Jennings nips in to tidy up.

  74. 19

    Celtic have had 60 per cent of the possession in the opening quarter of this game.

  75. 18

    Victor Wanyama has a pop at goal from 25-yards, but unfortunately for him, it's well wide of the mark.

  76. 17

    Tom Hateley's corner from the right is headed away, but only to Steve Jennings, who lifts the ball just over the crossbar.

  77. 16

    Chris Humphrey's cross is deflected away for a corner to the hosts.

  78. 15

    The Hoops are looking to record four wins out of four against Motherwell. Something they haven't done since the first season of the SPL in 1998/99.

  79. 14

    Ki finds Commons and he picks out Cha, but the full-back is eventually dispossessed of the ball.

  80. 12

    Michael Higdon brings down Charlie Mulgrew for a free-kick.

  81. 11

    Stuart McCall calls for his side to calm down in these early stages.

  82. 10

    Ki Sung-Yeung's corner is just about headed away, but the ball is coming back Motherwell's way.

  83. 9

    Charlie Mulgrew looks to get forward in these opening minutes as Emilio Izaguirre's cross deflects off Tom Hateley for a corner.

  84. 8

    Kris Commons still has an issue with his boot as he takes a throw-in.

  85. 7

    The early possession is largely Celtic's, but there is plenty of time for the home side to get into this game.

  86. 6

    Gary Hooper - linked with a move to Southampton, fails to keep the ball in play and it's a Well goal kick.

  87. 5

    Referee Stevie O'Reilly has pulled the play back as Kris Commons carries his boot in his hands. Surely he hasn't awarded a free-kick for Commons taking his boot off!

  88. 4

    The Hoops win a free-kick and the inswinging ball is nudged just wide of the near post by Victor Wanyama.

  89. 3

    CLOSE AGAIN! Cha Du-Ri provides a wonderful right-footed cross, which is narrowly headed over the crossbar by Pawel Brozek. What a start that would have been for the Polish striker!

  90. 2

    CLOSE FOR CELTIC! Kris Commons breaks forward before cutting his shot across goal and just wide of the far post. Amazingly, he has failed to score this season!

  91. 1

    Motherwell have lost all six of their games against the Old Firm this season. Can they cause an upset as the game gets underway at a sunny Fir Park.

  92. 1350

    Celtic are 4/6 to claim victory with @skybet who make Motherwell 4/1 and the draw 11/4. The Hoops' Gary Hooper is favourite to bag the first goal at 4/1 while Pawel Brozek is 11/2. Kris Commons is 7/1. Ki Sung-Yueng is a good outside bet at 7/2 to score in 90 minutes while Charlie Mulgrew is 12/1. Meanwhile, the Steelmen's Michael Higdon is 15/2 for while Omar Daley is 11/1. Nicky Law is 18/1 while Steven Hammell is a 40/1 shout. I'm going for a pre-match prediction of 1-3, which is 12/1. Head now to to place your bets.

  93. 1347

    Motherwell defender Stevie Hammell and midfielder Steve Jennings both return from a ban while Jonathan Page and Keith Lasley are missing through suspension, as wide-man Omar Daley comes in for Henrik Ojamaa, who starts on the bench.

  94. 1345

    Champions Celtic make six changes for their clash with Motherwell at Fir Park. Polish striker Pawel Brozek, on loan from Trabzonspor until the end of the season, makes his first start while number two keeper and fellow Pole Lukasz Zaluska make a rare appearance. Full-backs Cha Du-ri and Emilio Izaguirre, central defender Thomas Rogne and midfielder Victor Wanyama also come in with Kelvin Wilson, Scott Brown, Georgios Samaras, Glenn Loovens, Fraser Forster and Mikael Lustig dropping out, with only the latter two starting on the bench.

  95. 1337

    MOTHERWELL: Randolph, Hateley, Hutchinson, Clancy, Hammell, Humphrey, Jennings, Carswell, Law, Higdon, Daley.

  96. 1337

    SUBSTITUTIONS: Hollis, Saunders, Murphy, McHugh, Forbes, Halsman, Ojamaa.

  97. 1337

    CELTIC: Zaluska, Cha, Rogne, Mulgrew, Izaguirre, Commons, Ki, Wanyama, Ledley, Brozek, Hooper.

  98. 1337

    SUBSTITUTIONS: Forster, Stokes, Bangura, McCourt, Lustig, Watt, Blackman.

  99. 1337

    REFEREE: Stevie O'Reilly.

  100. 1335

    Here come the teams and team news...

  101. 1318

    Do you Celtic fans expect to win your remaining five games of the season? And what about you Well supporters...can you seal that Champions League qualifying spot? You still have to play St Johnstone (H), Hearts (A), Rangers (A), Dundee Utd (H). Do you think it may even go do to the last game of the season with that horrible looking run-in?

  102. 1316

    Motherwell, meanwhile, are being chased by St Johnstone, Dundee United and Hearts for that coveted Champions League qualifying place. And manager Stuart McCall said: "It's going to be an exciting time for supporters but it's going to be really tense."

  103. 1314

    Neil Lennon will start the first of his two-game touchline ban today after criticising referee Willie Collum following the Scottish League Cup final defeat to Kilmarnock at Hampden last month.

  104. 1313

    "Motherwell should be very motivated," said Mjallby. "They have been very strong this season, they are in a nice position and they have a lot to play for. So we know it's going to be a tough game, it usually is at Fir Park. I won't say they haven't been motivated in the other games we have played them. But we really need to be at our best and we want to get back to winning ways because it was disappointing to lose the cup semi-final."

  105. 1312

    Johan Mjallby knows that Motherwell's Champions League dreams mean Celtic will have to be at their best at Fir Park this afternoon. With second-placed Rangers out of the running for a European spot due to being in administration, Stuart McCall's men could clinch a qualifying place in Europe's elite club competition just by remaining in third place. The champions are hoping to bounce back from last week's shock Scottish Cup semi-final defeat against Hearts at Hampden Park, which scuppered any hopes of a league and cup double.

  106. 1310

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  107. 1310

    Hello and welcome to our live minute-by-minute text commentary from this afternoon's Scottish Premier League clash between Motherwell and Celtic from Fir Park.



Scottish Premiership

Scottish Premiership
Pos Team P Pts
1 Aberdeen 0 0
2 Celtic 0 0
3 Dundee 0 0
4 Dundee United 0 0
5 Hamilton Academical 0 0
6 Inverness CT 0 0
7 Kilmarnock 0 0
8 Motherwell 0 0
9 Partick Thistle 0 0
10 Ross County 0 0
11 St Johnstone 0 0
12 St Mirren 0 0