After Celtics 7-0 romp of hearts in the scottish cup 4 th round who would have thought 5 days later theyd put 5 past motherwell without reply goals from … Commons 43, 75 Ambrose 54, Stokes 77, Atajic 89…..sealed the 3 points for the reigning champions,12 goals in 2 games five off them for Chris commons which is pretty impressive,and a good spread of goals through the team,it must be great for the strikers knowing theres goals in all departments off this team,our defenders are scoring and our midfeild are olso chipping in,were heading into the holiday period and now sit 7 points clear of inverness……..up and coming fixtures below….11/12 Barcelona UEFA Champions League A
14/12 Hibernian Scottish Premiership H
21/12 Heart of Midlothian Scottish Premiership H
26/12 St Johnstone Scottish Premiership A
29/12 Inverness CT Scottish Premiership A Jan 2014 01/01 Partick Thistle Scottish Premiership H
Barcelona on wed 11th dec may not mean anything in terms of qualification for phase 2 of the champions league as were already out of the reconing of progressing in the competition or finishing 3rd to play in the europa league,it holds great prestige though like any game against the catalans and theres been some great match up between the two clubs,im sure the spanish public will welcome our fans and the barcelona team will welcome our players,theres been a mutual respect between our two great clubs in recent yrs as we seem to keep drawing them in the group stages,the games are always a fantastic spectacles and wed night will be no different,of course barcelona have already qualified so there mindset might not be the same had the group still been undecided,nevertheless im expecting a crackin game…
Based on the way celtic have played since europe wasent a factor the coming weeks and months will see us go from strength to strength,our focus now totally on winning the league and securing the scottish cup again,aberdeen will provide a tough test in the 5th round but i can only see good things for this team and we should prove to strong for the dons,with ties against hibs and heart before christmas both at home in the league,neil lennon and his coaching staff and scouts need to be given great credit for building this team in the last 3 yrs,there doing a fantastic job and i hope there going to stick around for a good few yrs to come to see the job through..id love for us to have a crack at the europa league nxt season as i think its our level,thats no slight on the club because were certainly one of the biggest in europe if not the world,its more a financial reason the top clubs in the champions league are way ahead in the money stakes,i just feel playing yer liverpools,spurs ,swansea etc who we could match ,we could get a run going like we did in the uefa cup back in 2003,so 3rds our target nxt season in the champions league at worst……
Predictions for next few games barcelona 1-1 celtic and celtic 4-1 Hibernian………
Im a supporter off the green brigade and what they bring to our home games thats no secret ,i olso agree with most of there views but if the damage to seats at tynecastle and fir park are related to the group then its something i cant condone,im not a fan of pyro either as its a unsafe and dangerous,the thing is the media will jump on this and fans on social media will jump on it and assume it was the green brigades doing,when it could be any fans off the club,we dont really know,whoevers responsible this needs to stop it dosent benfit the club or the reputation of the celtic support,if the offenders cant be identified by cctv,all away tickets should only be given out to people providing there details therfore the clubs will know who was in the seats and hold them responsible for cost,and not the club…
Fir Park, Motherwell
Friday, December 6, 2013
Commons 43, 75 Ambrose 54, Stokes 77, Atajic 89
A RAMPANT Celtic continued their outstanding domestic form by sweeping Motherwell aside at Fir Park to extend their unbeaten league record to 14 games.
Having hammered Hearts 7-0 in record-breaking fashion the previous weekend, Neil Lennon had admitted it would be difficult to match that performance. But his players came close to equalling that devastating display as they turned on the style on a freezing winter’s night.
Kris Commons opened the scoring just before the interval as the Scottish champions dominated from the first whistle, and Efe Ambrose headed in number two in the second half.
Commons bagged his brace from close-range and Stokes stroked home as the Hoops tore the hosts to ribbons with some scintillating attacking football.
And youngster Bahrudin Atajic capped off a superb showing by opening his account for the club in the closing minutes.
Before kick-off the whole of Fir Park stood for a minute’s applause to pay a touching tribute to former South African President Nelson Mandela who sadly passed away last night.
The manager had made one change from the team that put Hearts to the sword in the Scottish Cup, with Teemu Pukki restored to the starting XI in the place of Nir Biton as Celtic lined up in a 3-5-2 formation.
And the Hoops looked intent on continuing where they left off at Tynecastle, exploding from the blocks and playing at a furious tempo.
Barely 30 seconds were on the clock when Teemu Pukki teed-up the onrushing Mikael Lustig. The Swede made a sweet connection but Gunnar Nielson was equal to his rising shot.
Emilio Izaguirre, released from the defensive constraints of playing left-back, was quickly galloping down the flank and sending in a series of inviting crosses, one of which was close to being converted by Stokes.
The Irishman was next to try his luck with a dipping, swerving free-kick from 30 yards which Neilson eventually smothered at the second attempt.
It was one-way traffic as Celtic pressed the home side further back and forced them into some last-gasp defending.
A piercing run from Charlie Mulgrew saw the utility-man reach the byline and deliver towards the far post, and only the slightest touch from Stuart Carswell prevented Commons applying the finish.
Former Celtic captain Stephen McManus was next to rescue the hosts as he blocked Pukki’s powerful effort from 18 yards.
Motherwell’s frustrations were beginning to boil over and Shaun Hutchinson was the first into the book after a late lunge on Pukki.
And in the 20th minute, the Bhoys looked to have a good case for a penalty when Scott Brown’s cross collided with Steven Hammell’s arm. Referee Steven McLean was unmoved.
Five minutes later both Celtic wingbacks combined for the next chance as Izaguirre’s searching centre was met by Lustig at the back post but he couldn’t keep his header down.
Joe Ledley’s precise through pass unlocked the Steelmen’s defence again and gave Pukki a sight of goal. However, the striker was crowded out just as he pulled the trigger and his weak shot was scooped up gratefully by Neilson.
As Commons failed with two more attempts as half-time approached, it looked as though the Hoops wouldn’t get the goal their dominance deserved, but two minutes before the interval they made the breakthrough – and it was the in-form Commons who would supply it.
Stokes drilled a shot back across goal from Pukki’s cross and Commons was on hand to back-heel the ball home. Motherwell appealed in vain for offside, and persistent protests from Motherwell’s Keith Lasley saw him issued with a yellow card as the goal, quite rightly, stood.
The visitors nearly doubled their advantage quickly after the restart as Ledley glanced an Izaguirre cross narrowly wide of the far post.
At the other end, Stuart McCall’s men finally mustered up an effort on goal when John Sutton sent Iain Vigurs’ free-kick over. But normal service was soon restored as Celtic struck again.
Charlie Mulgrew swept a corner towards the far post and Ambrose bulleted a header beyond Neilson, before embarking on his astonishing somersault celebration.
It could easily have been 3-0 two minutes later, Lustig released Scott Brown inside the box and the skipper’s stinging shot was beat away by the shot-stopper.
Celtic continued to swarm forward, with Motherwell struggling to hold back the tide – Mulgrew curled a free-kick narrowly over, Pukki shot over and Ledley was denied by Neilson.
The Finnish forward then looked to have earned a penalty when he was dumped to the ground by Hutchinson. However, incredibly, the referee booked the Celtic player for diving.
Eventually the home side’s resistance was broken again. Izaguirre, a source of torment to Motherwell the whole night, curled a shot towards the far corner and Neilson could only divert it into Commons’ path, and he made no mistake.
Two minutes later, number four arrived – and it was the best of the lot. An exquisite, raking pass from Mulgrew found the tireless Pukki charging down the right. He looked up and picked out Stokes at the far post and the Irishman finished emphatically.
With the three points safely banked, Neil Lennon rang the changes in the closing stages, with Derk Boerrigter introduced to the fray along with youngsters Atajic and Liam Henderson, who was making his first-team bow.
Boeririgter forced Neilson into a save at his near post, and Atajic put the gloss on a dazzling display, coolly chipping in number five, his first goal for the club.
CELTIC (4-4-2) Forster; Lustig, Ambrose, Van DIjk, Izaguirre; Brown (Henderson 84), Mulgrew, Ledley, Commons (Atajic 79); Pukki (Boerrigter 79), Stokes
Not Used: Zaluska, Fisher, Balde, Johnstone
MOTHERWELL (3-5-2) Nielson; Hutchinson, McManus, Kerr (Cummins 10); Ramsden, Lasley, Carswell, Vigurs, Hammell; Sutton, Moore (Anier 60)
Not Used: Stewart, McFadden, Lawson, Murray, Ainsworth
Website Man of Match: Charlie Mulgrew