Craig Fowler provides his tackle Celtic’s 2-Zero win over Motherwell at Hampden Park.
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Consecutive trebles glance to be at the method
That’s one trophy out of 3 already secured, and seeing as just a minor miracle at the a part of Aberdeen would prevent them profitable the name, that would depart handiest the Scottish Cup for Celtic to safe successive trebles. The reigning champions already glance unstoppable at the moment, and then you definitely remember that Brendan Rodgers is having a look to beef up the squad in January reasonably than wait till the summer season window if he can. As excellent as they’re, by the point we get to the fourth spherical of the Scottish Cup they may well be even more potent.
Sunday’s ultimate highlighted simply how tough it’s to defeat this Celtic facet. This season has already noticed a smattering of passive performances in home soccer, and the primary part of this fit was once some other instance. However they don’t need to play in particular neatly to win. Despite the fact that they struggled to create within the opening length, they didn’t appear to be conceding both, and after they became it on after the period they temporarily broke the impasse. Once they were given the primary objective, you simply knew who was once going to have their identify at the cup.
Motherwell didn’t take advantage of their alternatives
The Steelmen will lament one giant choice within the sport which went in opposition to them, but if they analyse their very own efficiency they’ll feel sorry about failing to capitalise on a primary part the place they controlled to provide as excellent as they were given in opposition to the heavy favourites, and for failing to handle Celtic’s response in the beginning of the second one length.
Richard Tait was once at all times going to have a very important function at the proper for Motherwell. The whole-back is without doubt one of the maximum correct crossers within the Scottish Premiership and had to end up that on the nationwide stadium when the chance arose. There have been 3 such circumstances within the first part, however he didn’t discover a Motherwell goal with any of them. He additionally made a few deficient choices in an identical cases the place he may have put the ball into the world however didn’t accomplish that. It’s harsh to unmarried out the participant, who’s in large part been superb for his facet, but if dealing with Celtic it’s little such things as this that make the entire distinction.
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We’re seeing top James Forrest
Forrest’s shape has at all times are available peaks and troughs at Celtic. Simply while you suppose he may well be heading out the door, or firmly in the back of the likes of Patrick Roberts within the pecking order, he comes via with a sustained run of shape which displays why he’s made with reference to 250 appearances for his boyhood heroes.
In a primary part the place Celtic had been in large part pissed off via Motherwell’s man-marking gadget, Forrest nonetheless controlled to polish. In contrast to Scott Sinclair, who’d regularly go back the ball from whence it got here when he felt drive coming, Forrest remained fearless. He was once at all times having a look to show and run on the opposing defenders.
No one deserved to open the scoring greater than Forrest, and he did so in taste 4 mins into the second one part. Appearing actual self belief in his skill, he didn’t hesitant in slicing within directly to his weaker left foot and curling a fantastic effort into the nook on the some distance put up.
Craig Gordon confirmed his price
This previous midweek the goalkeeper’s long-term long run on the membership was once as soon as once more referred to as into query via BT Recreation pundit Chris Sutton, who was once essential of the Scottish global within the wake of Celtic’s 7-1 defeat in Paris. Then again, with Sutton staring at on as a part of the reside broadcast workforce, Gordon pulled out a type of shocking saves that’s been his trademark since coming in the course of the ranks at Hearts 15 years in the past.
Louis Moult appeared set to move Motherwell on stage phrases after shifting between the centre-backs to get at the finish of Andy Rose’s go. The striker’s header was once true, however Gordon denied him with a miraculous prevent. For this reason Rodgers remains unswerving to his No.1, even within the face of complaint for doing so.
Two wrongs don’t make a proper
Celtic enthusiasts may rightly level to the foul given in opposition to Cedric Kipre within the penalty house and argue that the Motherwell defender was once a bit of lucky to nonetheless be at the park at that time. The Frenchman had long past proper excessive of the ball and into the ankle of Moussa Dembele right through an early problem which, had it been noticed via referee Craig Thomson, may simply have warranted a purple card.
Then again, that’s no longer how it works. There are not any “makeup” calls in officiating and Thomson were given it badly mistaken later within the sport when he pointed to the penalty spot after Scott Sinclair went down after the lightest of touches at the arm via Kipre.
For the impartial staring at at house it was once an actual disgrace. A fit which took exactly 49 mins to actually get going had sparked into lifestyles, with possibilities at each ends. The verdict, and Moussa Dembele’s cool end, ended the overall as a competition.
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