KENYA BROWN - Monday, February 4, 2019
Timothy Weah came to the rescue for Celtic as he came off the bench to register a goal and an assist in their win over St. Johnstone to keep their six-point lead atop the standings.
St. Johnstone 0-2 Celtic
Celtic would find the goals they needed in the second half after a frustrating period trying to break through the St. Johnstone defense as they came away with all three points in their win at McDiarmid Park.
Weah would come off the bench for the Bhoys in the 74th minute, proving to be the catalyst as they continue to stay ahead of crosstown rivals Rangers.
The first half ended scoreless, but Celtic did have an argument for a penalty when Oliver Burke was brought down in the area by St. Johnstone defender Jason Kerr. However, the referee was not convinced and play continued.
The visitors started the second half intent on breaking the deadlock and came very close when Jozo Simunovic darted towards the area with the ball and played a nice one-two with James Forrest, but the Bosnian international could not finish off the play as goalkeeper Alexander Clark made the stop.
Celtic continued the pressure on the host's goal, but Clark would be on the spot for every chance that put in front of him.
That was until Weah stepped onto the field with 16 minutes left in regulation.
The deadlock was broken in the 78th minute when the American loanee brought down a long ball from Celtic captain Scott Brown, ran into the area and sent a low cross across the goal that Forrest would steer in to the delight of the traveling supporters.
Weah was not done for the day as he put the game out of reach in the 89th minute. Scott Sinclair launched a counter-attack from Celtic's end of the field, passing the ball to the 18-year-old, who then gave to Callum McGregor. The sequence was finished off just like the first goal with the Scotsman crossing to the right and Weah one-timing it home.
Kristoffer Ajer would be sent off in stoppage time, but it did not affect Celtic as the went on to win the game.
Celtic remains atop of the standings with 54 points.
Motherwell 3-0 Livingston
Motherwell did their damage in the first half to ensure a comfortable win over Livingston at Fir Park to extend their winning streak to four games.
Gboly Ariyibi started the game for the Steelmen, playing 73 minutes.
It didn't take long for the host to opening the scoring as they got their first just six minutes into the contest when Jake Hastie's glancing header got past an onrushing Liam Kelly and ended up in the back of the net.
Curtis Main doubled Motherwell's lead six minutes later when he ran onto a pass from teammate Allan Campbell before chipping the ball over Kelly and watching it bounce into the goal.
Livingston had a couple of good chances to cut the deficit, but goalkeeper Mark Gillespie would make some excellent saves to maintain the shutout.
And it would be Gillespie who would be responsible for Motherwell's third goal in the 21st minute as he threw a long pass towards Hastie. The Scottish forward would get past two defenders and run into the area to put his shot past Kelly.
Motherwell was in fine form throughout the game and could have scored more in the second half, but they did more than enough to come away with a comfortable win.
The Steelmen sit in ninth place in the standings with 30 points.
Down in the Scottish Championship, Ian Harkes started for Dundee United as their goals in the first half was enough for them to come away with a 2-1 win over Greenock Morton.
Ian McGrath, a player who went totally under our radar as he signed with Queen of South last month, came off the bench for the team in their 3-0 loss to Falkirk.