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Wednesday, October 27, 1999 Published at 21:43 GMT 22:43 UK


Celtic slump at Parkhead



Celtic 0-1 Motherwell

Celtic suffered a shock home defeat to 10-man Motherwell, which must have had the watching Ian Wright recoiling in horror on Wednesday.

John Barnes' side were unable to cancel out Kevin Twaddle's 15th minute strike despite Shaun Teale being red-carded for a trip on Mark Burchill 11 minutes before the break.

With Wright sitting in the stands after his free transfer from West Ham, Celtic will have wanted to impress, but instead produced a simply appalling display.

With Regi Blinker and Olivier Tebily dropped, Craig Burley and Johan Mjallby were restored to the fold, while for Motherwell John Spencer passed a late fitness test.

He went close to scoring after just four minutes when Jonathan Gould produced a stunning reaction stop clawing a goalward bound header away following Twaddle's precise cross.

Twaddle slots home

It was a warning unheeded by Celtic and after 15 minutes they conceded their first competitive goal at Parkhead this season after Ged Brannan's pass cut a static defence wide open.

Twaddle raced onto the through ball and as Gould advanced, the former Morton winger, who missed the first part of the campaign through illness, slotted past the Scotland keeper.

Quite simply Celtic were struggling, Bobby Petta sending a long range effort well wide and Burley seeing another weak shot deflected wide from distance.

Celtic replaced Mjallby with Tebily at the break in a bid to add strength at the back, but their focus was on attack even if they looked badly short of invention.

Static movement

Celtic's shortage of movement was horrendous and they were reduced to ambitious long range strikes, Stubbs going close with an angled drive when nobody offered a run in front of him.

Riseth then played in Viduka inside the area, but while the Australian turned well his eventual shot was loose and was sent well wide when he was in a position to do better.

Celtic were dominant, but still not convincing with both team and supporters becoming increasingly desperate to no avail as an assured Motherwell defended stoutly in their limited numbers.

Tebily ought to have done better than head wide when picked out by a Moravcik corner, while Brattbakk's shot on the turn fizzed wide of the mark in the ceaseless rain.



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