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2011-09-10: Celtic 4-0 Motherwell, SPL
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- Celtic 1pt behind Rangers who we play next weekend.
- Leaks of legal reports from Martin Bain case v Rangers that they are in danger of administration due to tax case!!!! Woo-hoo!!!!
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- Celtic v Athletico Madrid away next week.
ReviewGreat victory for Celtic and puts us a bit back on track. Forrest's first great game for Celtic and a lot of respect and kudos to him.
- 04El Kaddouri
- 16Ledley (Commons 71)
- 18Ki Sung-Yeung
- 33Kayal (Wanyama 82)
- 10Stokes (Bangura 69)
- 88Hooper yellow card
- Forrest 9
- Ledley 33
- Ki Sung-Yeung 67
- Forrest 74
- 15Hutchinson (Humphrey 29)
- 22Clancy; yellow card
- 08Jennings; yellow card (Carswell 79)
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- 2011-12 Winners
- Celtic 63%
- Motherwell 37%
Attempts on target
- Celtic 8
- Motherwell 1
Attempts off target
- Celtic 8
- Motherwell 3
- Celtic 6
- Motherwell 8
- Celtic 10
- Motherwell 8
Celtic 4 - 0 Motherwell: Well tormented by Forrest
Published Date: 11 September 2011
By Andrew Smith
at Celtic Park
Scotland on Sunday
Forrest 9, 74; Ledley 33; Ki Sung-Yeung 67
AS A pre-amble to the arduous assignments ahead for Celtic in Madrid and Ibrox over the coming days, Neil Lennon might have felt the need to pinch himself at just how swimmingly the afternoon went for his side. Anything that could go right, did, as Motherwell were handed a real cuffing. From the exhilarating display of two-goal James Forrest, to a tidy debut from on-loan left-back Badr El Kaddouri, Lennon exhausted a dictionary-worth of superlatives as he reflected on a winning effort he, unsurprisingly, adjudged the best produced by his men this season.
No wonder when he could gush about four slick, sharp and clinical strikes, the Morrocan's "excellent" first outing and, foremost, the fizzing, forcing forward play of Forrest. "We have held James back a bit this season because he can be prone to niggly injuries, but that was the best performance we have seen from him for a while," the Celtic manager said. "You saw all his qualities and he was exceptional."
He might not have the chance to be so again in the club's Europa League group opener away to Atletico on Thursday. Lennon said he will "see how his recovery is". The same is true of Joe Ledley, who came off with a lower back problem, and Scott Brown, missing yesterday with an ankle problem he picked up in Scotland's August friendly against Denmark. Lennon conceded he would prioritise next Sunday's derby were his medical team to advise that the Celtic captain couldn't get through both games later in the week.
"He's such a valuable player I don't like leaving him out, but the league's the priority," he said, after admitting Brown could be a big player for his team in the Vincente Calderon, where he acknowledged possession and chances are certain to be as limited as they were limitless yesterday.
Celtic's ability to completely overwhelm a Fir Park team they ultimately left bewildered and bedraggled could only have left Lennon buoyant considering he will still have a sinking feeling when he thinks of previous games in the arena; Celtic proving misshapen and misfiring to go down 1-0 to St Johnstone. Against a side who yesterday morning were joint top of the table, they were everything they weren't against the Perth club.
After his team succumbed to St Johnstone, Lennon lacerated his forward players by declaring that the "front six were rank average". Yesterday, from middle to front, to a man those in Celtic colours were irresistible. Inevitably, and rightly, Forrest's efforts will command most attention. All that the 20-year-old and his team-mates excelled in was illustrated in his fourth-minute opener.
The movement and interplay was delightful as Gary Hooper spread the play out wide to Anthony Stokes on the right and he, in turn, sent a curling ball across the face of the goal that Forrest thumped past the helpless Darren Randolph.
Forrest thereafter tormented and teased the Motherwell backline. He drifted in from the right and popped up everywhere in the final third to create neat combinations with Hooper, Stokes and Ledley, or surged forward to rain down efforts on Randolph's goal, the keeper forced to make several decent saves before he was beaten a second time. In the lead-up to the counter, Steve Jennings also felt his face took a beating from the arm of scorer Ledley, who he said he had "the same off him down south. I'm not saying he means it, but he does it well," Jennings said.
What Ledley did well as Celtic made it 2-0 was slot the ball in effortlessly after being in a central position eight yards out to accept a pass inside from Stokes. In a fluid move, the Irishman had been picked out by Forrest after he sliced his way down the middle of the Motherwell defence which, by this point, was shorn of the injured centre-back Shaun Hutchison, forced off after half an hour . "He's on crutches and could be out long-term," McCall said. "His ankle's up like a balloon." The Clydesdale Bank manager of the month wasn't in the mood for dwelling on a dim day for his club. "Just as I said when we lost to the other half of the Old Firm two weeks ago, it's about how you react to it. To take anything against these clubs, you need a combination of everything we didn't have today. We told them at half-time there were still in it at 2-0, then Ki (Sung-Yeung] goes and bangs one in from 30 yards."
A swish, swerving effort from the outside of the South Korean's foot after the ball was worked to him by Hooper and Ledley, Forrest then wrapped up what he had started when he beetled forward and let fly with a thumping low effort that was going low until it struck Tim Clancy and veered high into the visitor's net. The final 20-odd minutes were jazzed up by the first appearance of Mohamed Bangura, the £2.2m signing from AIK Stockholm. On Friday, the Sierra Leone striker suggested he doesn't want to make too many before stepping on to Spain, England or Italy. The 22-year-old's audacity, as well as his attributes, weren't lost on Lennon. "He was lively and played on the shoulder of the defenders and got into the box. According to him, we've only got him for a year, so we have to make the most of him."
BBCPage last updated at 15:53 GMT, Saturday, 10 September 2011 16:53 UK Forrest's early opener set Celtic on their way to a comfortable victory James Forrest scored twice as Celtic overtook Motherwell in the Scottish Premier League with a comfortable home win over the Lanarkshire side.
Forrest fired Celtic in front after nine minutes and the winger had another effort saved after Gary Hooper had struck the Motherwell bar.
Joe Ledley slotted home the hosts' second before the break.
An excellent strike by Ki Sung-Yueng and Forrest's second completed the scoring for Neil Lennon's side.
The win keeps Celtic a point behind leaders Rangers ahead of next weekend's first Old Firm derby of the season.
The home side, who gave recent loan signing Badr El Kaddouri his debut at left-back, started brightly and an excellent passing move provided the opener.
Hooper slipped the ball wide to Anthony Stokes and his low centre was clipped into the net by Forrest on the far side. Bangura made his debut as a second-half substitute Motherwell rallied and produced a decent sequence of their own that ended with Nicky Law laying the ball back for Michael Higdon to fire wide.
Celtic began to turn the screw and a series of crosses into the 'Well box led to Hooper's looping overhead kick rebounding off the top of Darren Randolph's crossbar.
Forrest drew a fine save from Randolph after weaving his way across the 18-yard line.
The visitors were forced into a change when Shaun Hutchinson limped off to be replaced by Chris Humphrey, meaning a reshuffle in defence for Stuart McCall's side.
More neat passing created the chance for Ledley to control and convert from inside the box, Stokes again providing the assist.
A meandering run by Forrest ended with the winger's shot skidding wide and Ledley drew another save from Randolph as the first half wound down.
A mix-up between Tim Clancy and Randolph almost resulted in the former scoring an own goal but, fortunately for Clancy, his wayward passback went out for a corner as Randolph stood stranded.
Adam Matthews and Hooper combined to set up Forrest but the Scotland international dragged his effort across the face of the Motherwell goal.
Ledley teed up Ki for Celtic's third, the midfielder catching the shot perfectly with the outside of his right foot to power it into the top corner.
The cheer for that goal was matched by the welcome for striker Mohamed Bangura, the new signing given his debut as a replacement for Stokes.
A quick break set Forrest through on 74 minutes and the winger's shot took a slight deflection as it beat Randolph.
- Final Result
- Full Time
- 90:00+2:03 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
- 90:00+1:07 James Forrest takes a shot. Kris Commons gets a block in.
- 87:28 James Forrest produces a cross, Stephen Craigan makes a clearance.
- 87:01 Corner taken by Kris Commons from the left by-line, Tom Hateley makes a clearance.
- 85:23 Gary Hooper fouled by Tim Clancy, the ref awards a free kick. Sung-Yeung Ki takes the free kick.
- 82:52 Inswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley.
- 82:21 The official flags Mohamed Bangura offside. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
- 81:28 Substitution Victor Wanyama joins the action as a substitute, replacing Beram Kayal.
- 80:35 Jamie Murphy crosses the ball, save made by Fraser Forster.
- 78:39 Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
- 78:39 Substitution Stewart Carswell joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steve Jennings.
- 78:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy by Adam Matthews.
- 76:35 Corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley, Gary Hooper manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley, save by Fraser Forster.
- 75:41 Gary Hooper takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph. Mohamed Bangura is caught offside. Darren Randolph takes the indirect free kick.
- 73:15 The assist for the goal came from Gary Hooper.
- 73:15 GOAL - James ForrestCeltic 4 - 0 Motherwell James Forrest grabs a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Celtic 4-0 Motherwell.
- 72:46 Beram Kayal has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.
- 71:56 Free kick taken by Beram Kayal.
- 71:56 Booking The referee books Tim Clancy for unsporting behaviour.
- 71:48 Foul by Tim Clancy on Mohamed Bangura, free kick awarded.
- 70:12 Substitution Joe Ledley goes off and Kris Commons comes on.
- 70:12 Joe Ledley delivers the ball.
- 68:18 Substitution Mohamed Bangura on for Anthony Stokes.
- 66:52 Assist on the goal came from Joe Ledley.
- 66:52 GOAL - Sung-Yeung KiCeltic 3 - 0 Motherwell Sung-Yeung Ki fires in a goal from just outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Celtic 3-0 Motherwell.
- 65:09 Unfair challenge on Keith Lasley by Beram Kayal results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tim Clancy.
- 63:30 Steve Jennings has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.
- 63:02 The ball is delivered by Tom Hateley, clearance by Charlie Mulgrew. Corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the right by-line, clearance by Charlie Mulgrew.
- 61:55 The referee blows for offside. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.
- 60:07 The ball is swung over by Jamie Murphy, clearance by Badr El Kaddouri. Corner taken by Tom Hateley played to the near post.
- 59:17 Effort from inside the area by James Forrest misses to the left of the goal.
- 58:02 Foul by Keith Lasley on Beram Kayal, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
- 55:47 Michael Higdon fouled by Kelvin Wilson, the ref awards a free kick. Tom Hateley fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Sung-Yeung Ki. Corner from the left by-line taken by Tom Hateley, save by Fraser Forster.
- 54:58 Chris Humphrey concedes a free kick for a foul on Badr El Kaddouri. Free kick crossed by Sung-Yeung Ki, Darren Randolph makes a save.
- 53:09 Anthony Stokes takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
- 52:07 Badr El Kaddouri sends in a cross.
- 50:29 Charlie Mulgrew sends in a cross.
- 50:00 Short corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki.
- 47:40 Unfair challenge on Michael Higdon by Kelvin Wilson results in a free kick. Stevie Hammell restarts play with the free kick.
- 46:50 Inswinging corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki, Foul by Kelvin Wilson on Stephen Craigan, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
- 45:56 Chris Humphrey sends in a cross, save by Fraser Forster.
- 45:01 The second half kicks off.
- Half Time
- 45:00+2:05 The referee blows for half time.
- 44:44 The ball is delivered by Badr El Kaddouri.
- 44:18 Joe Ledley takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph.
- 43:05 Michael Higdon fouled by Kelvin Wilson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Law.
- 42:35 Shot from just outside the box by James Forrest misses to the right of the goal.
- 41:59 The assistant referee flags for offside against Gary Hooper. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
- 39:44 Tom Hateley takes a shot. Clearance made by Charlie Mulgrew. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the right by-line, clearance by Anthony Stokes. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the right by-line, Kelvin Wilson makes a clearance.
- 39:02 Keith Lasley fouled by Beram Kayal, the ref awards a free kick. Stevie Hammell restarts play with the free kick.
- 38:41 The ball is crossed by Chris Humphrey, Beram Kayal makes a clearance.
- 37:59 Kelvin Wilson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Higdon. Direct free kick taken by Tim Clancy.
- 36:13 The ball is delivered by Chris Humphrey, clearance made by Charlie Mulgrew.
- 34:26 Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Sung-Yeung Ki.
- 34:26 Booking Gary Hooper shown a yellow card.
- 34:13 Booking Steve Jennings receives a yellow card.
- 33:50 Unfair challenge on Gary Hooper by Steve Jennings results in a free kick.
- 32:34 Anthony Stokes provided the assist for the goal.
- 32:34 GOAL - Joe LedleyCeltic 2 - 0 Motherwell Joe Ledley gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Celtic 2-0 Motherwell.
- 31:22 Shot from just outside the box by Anthony Stokes goes over the bar.
- 29:44 Gary Hooper challenges Tim Clancy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
- 28:44 Substitution Shaun Hutchinson leaves the field to be replaced by Chris Humphrey.
- 28:18 Michael Higdon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Beram Kayal. Direct free kick taken by Kelvin Wilson.
- 27:39 James Forrest takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph.
- 26:46 Gary Hooper takes a shot. Short corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki.
- 26:17 The ball is crossed by Badr El Kaddouri, Nicky Law manages to make a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line, Steve Jennings makes a clearance.
- 25:14 The ball is swung over by Tim Clancy, save made by Fraser Forster.
- 22:42 Michael Higdon concedes a free kick for a foul on Kelvin Wilson. Direct free kick taken by Kelvin Wilson.
- 17:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Badr El Kaddouri by Michael Higdon. Fraser Forster takes the direct free kick.
- 16:27 Corner from the left by-line taken by Sung-Yeung Ki, Kelvin Wilson produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
- 15:24 Shot by Michael Higdon from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
- 14:29 A cross is delivered by Tim Clancy, clearance by Charlie Mulgrew.
- 12:18 The ball is swung over by Nicky Law, Kelvin Wilson makes a clearance.
- 10:47 Beram Kayal gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Keith Lasley. Keith Lasley restarts play with the free kick.
- 8:01 The assist for the goal came from Anthony Stokes.
- 8:01 GOAL - James ForrestCeltic 1 - 0 Motherwell James Forrest finds the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Celtic 1-0 Motherwell.
- 5:39 Badr El Kaddouri sends in a cross. The referee blows for offside against Gary Hooper. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
- 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.
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