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Motherwell v Celtic as it happened


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By Andy Campbell

1359: That's it from me, thank you for your contributions.

1358: There will be highlights of this match and yesterday's SPL games on Sportscene tonight on BBC 2 Scotland at 2200 GMT.

1357: Motherwell will be disappointed to have lost but they contributed a lot to the game. Celtic just edged it in the end courtesy of Paddy McCourt and Gary Hooper.

1353: Celtic claim victory and join opponents Motherwell on 26 points but move above the Steelmen into second place on goal difference. Both sides are 12 points behind Scottish Premier League leaders Rangers and Celtic have a game in hand.

Full time
1352: FULL-TIME Motherwell 1-2 Celtic

1350: Anthony Stokes' free-kick sails over Motherwell crossbar.

1349: Celtic make their final change with Dylan McGeouch coming on for James Forrest as the match enters three minutes of stoppage time.

Conor_Waters tweets, using the hashtag #bbcsportsound: "Paddy McCourt is like some sort of dribbling wizard. He can't run very fast but nobody seems to be able to tackle him!"

"Motherwell are going to start throwing men forward now, they have to. They're going to leave themselves exposed at the back." St Mirren striker and Sportsound guest Steven Thompson

1342: Motherwell, now down to 10 men, are making a double substitution with Omar Daley and Shaun Hutchinson coming on for Chris Humphrey and Jamie Murphy.

Red card
1341: Red card for Tim Clancy. The Motherwell defender is dismissed after kicking out at Gary Hooper.

"Magnificent. Parry McCourt unlocked the defence and slipped past. But what a ball from Stokes. Hooper just had to tap it in." BBC Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod at Fir Park

Paddy McCourt drives at the Motherwell defence and slips the ball wide to Anthony Stokes, who crosses for Gary Hooper to tap home on the line. Celtic lead with 10 minutes to go.

1338: GOAL Motherwell 1-2 Celtic (Hooper)

1335: Stuart Carswell replaces Steve Jennings for Motherwell and Celtic send on Paddy McCourt in place of Georgios Samaras.

1334: The match enters the final quarter-hour and both sides are about to make changes.

1332: Motherwell press again and Jamie Murphy retrieves a cross at the back post but runs into a group of Celtic players who force the ball away.

1331: Another weaving run by Jamie Murphy is halted when his shot is deflected out for a Motherwell corner.

1328: Celtic forward Georgios Samaras is in a heap on the floor after taking a blow to the ribs.

"Celtic have definitely upped the pace." St Mirren striker and Sportsound guest Steven Thompson

1325: Motherwell are almost in as Jamie Murphy bursts down the left and fires the ball across the face of goal. A combination of goalkeeper Fraser Forster and Victor Wanyama get the ball clear and Celtic counter but their decision-making lets them down and Motherwell are able to clear.

1323: Motherwell hold firm as Celtic threaten at a free-kick. The match is almost into its final 25 minutes.

1319: Celtic defender Cha Du-Ri is in need of treatment after an accidental collision with team-mate Beram Kayal but he is soon back on his feet.

1318: Sportsound commentator David Begg has just informed us that the crowd for today's match is 10,440.

1317: Celtic make the game's first substitution with Gary Hooper replacing Kris Commons.

1313: There are faint shouts for a penalty following Steve Jennings' challenge on Kris Commons but referee Charlie Richmond adjudges the Motherwell player to have won the ball. The Steelmen move upfield and Keith Lasley's dinked pass finds Nicky Law in front of goal but the ball doesn't quite drop for him and Fraser Forster grabs.

Yellow card
1311: Anthony Stokes is booked for dissent after a tussle with Tim Clancy.

1308: Anthony Stokes latches on to a searching long ball in behind the Motherwell defence and gets in a shot but goalkeeper Darren Randolph is off his line to block.

stewerogers tweets using the hashtag #bbcsportsound: "Celtic will come firing out of the gates. Well must hold on and wait it out, may be a last gasp shocker that decides this one."

1304: Motherwell kick-off the second half.

1302: Teams are back out on the pitch and it's almost time for the second half.

Gary in Edinburgh has text 80295 to say: "Rumour has it colin calderwood will be away before hibs AGM on tues with roy aitken being possibly lined up as new manager."

1254: This year is also the 125th anniversary of Motherwell being founded.

CoffeePatriot tweets, using the hashtag #bbcsportsound: "Happy birthday to #Celtic. The club was formed 124 years ago today in 1887 in St Mary's in the Calton."

Half time
1248: HALF-TIME Motherwell 1-1 Celtic

Yellow card
1247: Motherwell's Steve Jennings is cautioned for a foul on Kris Commons.

1244: Another searching corner by Tom Hateley has Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster at full stretch to palm the ball away.

1242: The game has become quite scrappy but there's still a few minutes left for either side to get in front before half-time.

Conor_Waters tweets, using the hashtag #bbcsportsound: "Celtic seem determined to make life difficult for themselves. Too many early goals conceded in every game."

1238: Decent chance for Motherwell there as captain Stephen Craigan rises to meet Tom Hateley's corner but the defender cannot keep his effort down.

1237: It's all a bit disjointed at the moment with both sides struggling to make possession count in the final third.

Wilco04 Tweets using the hashtag #bbcsportsound: "Battle for 2nd at Fir Park - if Celtic lose it has to be bye-bye Lennon." #bbcsportsound

1230: Jamie Murphy picks out Michael Higdon with a clever pass but Motherwell's goalscorer doesn't really get a hold of his shot and Celtic keeper Fraser Forster collects the ball.

Yellow card
1229: Motherwell midfielder Keith Lasley picks up the game's first booking after catching Beram Kayal with an arm.

1227: Celtic put Motherwell under a bit of pressure and win a free-kick. Kris Commons' low drive is blocked and then falls for Georgios Samaras, whose deflected shot is wide. From the corner, Thomas Rogne's header at the back post is blocked.

"Celtic are using Samaras on the left-hand side, they're sending diagonal balls to him. They've had a wee bit of success with it." St Mirren striker and Sportsound guest Steven Thompson

1221: Celtic were behind for less than three minutes and those two quick goals have certainly upped the tempo of the match.

This time it is Motherwell who are caught out at a corner as Georgios Samaras heads Kris Commons' delivery onto the back post where Anthony Stokes volleys into the net.

1215: GOAL Motherwell 1-1 Celtic (Stokes)

1214: Celtic try to respond and Anthony Stokes plays a one-two with Georgios Samaras before driving a low ball across the six-yard box but Tom Hateley is well placed to clear.

"Fantastic set play for Motherwell. Celtic went to sleep. The ball was whipped in and Higdon was the first one to react with a header. No chance for the keeper." BBC Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod at Fir Park

A short corner routine unlocks the Celtic defence as Tom Hateley exchanges passes with Nicky Law and then crosses for Michael Higdon to glance a a header past Fraser Forster.

1212: GOAL Motherwell 1-0 Celtic (Higdon)

1208: Anthony Stokes is penalised for catching Steve Jennings with a high boot and Motherwell have a free-kick. Steven Hammell's swirling cross is comfortably claimed by goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

1207: A long ball sets Jamie Murphy off on a chase in behind the Celtic defence. Motherwell win a corner, then another and keep the pressure on until Jamie Murphy gets in a shot but the effort is blocked.

"Even at a throw-in, every Celtic player ran 30 or 40 yards to squeeze Motherwell back into their own half, leading a high line." BBC Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod at Fir Park

1203: An early Celtic free-kick comes to nothing and Motherwell move upfield and get Chris Humphrey on the ball but the winger's cross does not trouble the visitors.

1201: Celtic kick the match off.

1159: The players make their way onto the pitch.

1157: Just a few minutes left until kick-off.

1155: Full line-ups with substitutes.
Motherwell: Randolph, Hateley, Clancy, Craigan, Hammell, Humphrey, Lasley, Jennings, Law, Higdon, Murphy. Subs: Bradley, Hutchinson, Daley, Forbes, Smith, Page, Carswell.
Celtic: Forster, Cha, Rogne, Majstorovic, Matthews, Forrest, Kayal, Wanyama, Commons, Stokes, Samaras. Subs: Zaluska, McCourt, McGregor, Chalmers, Fraser, McGeouch, Hooper.
Referee: Charlie Richmond

"It's beautiful, perfect, lovely morning. We'll be looking to start the game on the front foot. Hopefully they'll be fresh, they'll be ready to go. It's going to be a difficult game, whatever the odds." Celtic coach Alan Thompson on Sportsound

"All the pressure's on Celtic. If we come away with a point, it will be a decent result for us. The lads have done exceptionally well. To keep this consistency up over another 20 games would be fantastic." Motherwell manager Stuart McCall on Sportsound

1148: Motherwell's home form this season has not been as impressive as their results on the road. McCall's men have lost twice at home but only once away and they have also recorded five away wins - two more than at Fir Park.

1146: These two sides met at Celtic Park in September when the hosts won 4-0, including a double by James Forrest who starts today.

1143: Motherwell manager Stuart McCall won the October manager of the month award after three wins and a draw during the month.

1141: Highlights of yesterday's Scottish Premier League matches will be available on the BBC website this evening, including that nine-goal thriller between Kilmarnock and Inverness.

1139: It's a noon kick-off in Lanarkshire and you can listen to the match on BBC Radio Scotland 810 MW and online.

1137: Steven Hammell was a doubt before the match but he has been passed fit to play for Motherwell. Thomas Rogne and Kris Commons return to the Celtic starting line-up.

1135: Starting line-ups from Fir Park.
Motherwell: Randolph, Hateley, Craigan, Clancy, Hammell, Lasley, Jennings, Law, Humphrey, Higdon, Murphy.
Celtic: Forster, Cha, Rogne, Majstorovic, Matthews, Forrest, Kayal, Wanyama, Commons, Stokes, Samaras.

1134: Whichever team wins today, they will finish the day in second spot, due to Celtic's superior goal difference. A draw would keep Motherwell second.

1132: Second-place Motherwell are currently three points ahead of Celtic in the Scottish Premier League, although Celtic have played one game less.

1131: There's only one match today in the Scottish Premier League, Motherwell v Celtic at Fir Park.

1130: Good morning and welcome to Sunday's live Scottish football coverage.

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6 Nov 2011 23:59 UK

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As it stood on 6 Nov 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 14 24 38
2 Celtic 13 12 26
3 Motherwell 14 1 26
4 St Johnstone 13 4 19
5 Hearts 14 4 19
6 St Mirren 14 -1 17
7 Kilmarnock 14 -5 15
8 Dundee Utd 14 -6 14
9 Hibernian 14 -8 13
10 Dunfermline 13 -13 13
11 Aberdeen 13 -3 12
12 Inverness CT 14 -9 12

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