Motherwell put in a shift against Celtic but were eventually overpowered by the Glasgow side, losing 4-0.
Rolando Aarons was making his Motherwell debut following his arrival from Newcastle. He showed some intent early on, driving a low shot at Fraser Forster but it was easily saved. Jermaine Hylton’s snapshot then flashed wide shortly after as the Well looked to put their stamp on the game.
Eight minutes in though and Odsonne Edouard had Celtic in front. The Well defence stood off Callum McGregor after Allan Campbell was dispossessed in midfield, allowing the Frenchman in behind to finish.
Leigh Griffiths then had a clear shot on goal but could only put the ball high and wide. After a promising opening spell, Motherwell were beginning to get hit with Celtic’s clinical edge.
But the Steelmen managed to weather this storm and pressed their way back into the game. Aarons had a brilliant chance before the interval but it was deflected out for a corner after a brilliant Forster touch.
Five minutes into the second half and the game was all but done. McGregor’s cutback found Griffiths, who had plenty of time to find the bottom corner.
It was an uphill struggle for the Well in terms of getting anything from the game after that and McGregor’s 75th minute effort put the icing on the cake for Celtic before a sumptuous Edouard free kick. Results elsewhere mean Motherwell remain third after this heavy result. Here are three things we learned.
Aarons looks lively
Robinson said that the Newcastle winger would feature in this game and the Northern Irishman elected to field him from the start. The Toon winger certainly looked promising and had his moments during this clash.
His pace was there for all to see and his footwork was good too. Multiple times he shimmied past Celtic defenders as he looked to provide a spark in claret and amber. Aarons was unlucky not to hit the net too after a few decent efforts.
If this debut was anything to go by, Motherwell have acquired a skillful player on the flanks.
Celtic’s first two goals were very similar. They both came early at the start of a half and came from a couple of lapses in concentration as Motherwell looked to keep Celtic out. The others were moments of top quality that you can’t do much about.
One team you can’t afford any slip-ups against is Celtic as they’ll be ruthless in their punishment. Motherwell found out the hard way that’s very much the case.
It was an improved Well performance from the defeat to Livingston early on but a second half collapse resulted in a heavy defeat. Unfortunately for the Well, you can’t afford to switch off at any second against the champions.
Emerged from tough run in third
Since the return of Premiership action last month, Motherwell have played four of the five current members of the top six. To come out the other side still sitting pretty comfortable in third is good going.
They’ll now face each side in the bottom six at present over their next seven games. It’s a good chance to put a run together, having only lost twice to a bottom six team this term.
This particular result though is one they’ll want to put behind them quickly.