KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Gboly Ariyibi scored his first goal Motherwell but it was not enough as league leaders Celtic snapped their six-game winning streak.
Celtic 4-1 Motherwell
Celtic cooled of a red hot Motherwell team to maintain their hold on the top spot with a comfortable win at Celtic Park.
Gboly Ariyibi was once again in the starting lineup for the Steelmen while Timothy Weah watched all of the action from the bench in this encounter.
Motherwell entered this game brimming with confidence as they were on a run of six consecutive wins and pushing for the top six. However, they were in for a big test as the Bhoys march towards another league title.
The host opened the scoring just after the half-hour mark when he steered in a Ryan Christie cross from point-blank range.
Celtic did not have to wait long to double their lead as it came six minutes later through Odsonne Edouard. Ewan Henderson's cross from the right found the Frenchman in the area and he headed the ball past Motherwell goalkeeper Mark Gillespie.
There was no question that Celtic were in dominant form in this game, but Ariyibi gave Motherwell a lifeline in the 51st minute with his first goal for the team, but it was controversial one. Celtic had to sub out Christie due to injury, and an as the unwritten rule goes the team that had possession of the ball should get it back once play is restarted.
However, following the throw in, Motherwell's James Scott cheekily dribbled the ball towards Celtic's end and fired a shot at Scott Bain. The goalkeeper made the save, but Ariyibi pounced on the rebound to put the ball in the back of the net.
This did not go down well with the Celtic players and fans, but the team went on to punish their opponents with two more goals in the end.
Edouard scored his second on the day in the 88th minute with a scintillating free-kick that hit the underside of the crossbar before going in.
Oliver Burke rounded out the scoring with a stoppage time goal as he curled it past Gillespie.
The win keeps Celtic at the top of the standings with 63 points.
Down in the Championship, Ian Harkes started for Dundee United as they shared the points with Falkirk following a 1-1 tie. The team have now moved up to second place in the standings, but are five points behind Ross County for the sole automatic promotion spot.
Ian McGrath came off the bench for Queen of South as they surrendered a stoppage-time goal to fall Alloa Athletic in a 2-1 loss.