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The referee brings the game to a close.
Foul by Stephen Craigan on Anthony Stokes, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
Alan Gow challenges Beram Kayal unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Anthony Stokes.
Scott Brown is sent off by the referee.
(Motherwell) makes a substitution, with John Sutton coming on for Marc Fitzpatrick.
Niall McGinn on for James Forrest.
Foul by Chris Humphrey on Emilio Izaguirre, free kick awarded. Daniel Majstorovic restarts play with the free kick.
Thomas Rogne fouled by Nick Blackman, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Wilson takes the free kick.
The referee penalises Keith Lasley for handball. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.
Stephen Craigan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Stokes. Direct free kick taken by Mark Wilson.
Patrick McCourt produces a cross, clearance by Stephen Craigan.
Daniel Majstorovic fouled by Alan Gow, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Emilio Izaguirre.
Jamie Murphy leaves the field to be replaced by Nick Blackman.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Wilson from the left by-line, Alan Gow manages to make a clearance.
The referee cautions Stephen Craigan for dissent.
Patrick McCourt takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph.
Keith Lasley goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Alan Gow takes a corner. Corner taken by Alan Gow. Steven Saunders gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Majstorovic. Daniel Majstorovic restarts play with the free kick.
The referee shows Tom Hateley a yellow card. Beram Kayal is booked.
The official flags Chris Humphrey offside. Daniel Majstorovic restarts play with the free kick.
Beram Kayal gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Keith Lasley. Stephen Craigan takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Alan Gow, save by Fraser Forster.
Centre by Chris Humphrey, save by Fraser Forster.
Chris Humphrey crosses the ball.
Scott Brown is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. The ball is swung over by Steven Saunders, Mark Wilson manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Tom Hateley, clearance by Emilio Izaguirre.
The offside flag is raised against Anthony Stokes. Stephen Craigan takes the free kick.
Beram Kayal joins the action as a substitute, replacing Daryl Murphy.
The referee blows for offside. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.
Jamie Murphy fouled by James Forrest, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Tom Hateley, Joe Ledley manages to make a clearance.
Chris Humphrey is ruled offside. Emilio Izaguirre restarts play with the free kick.
Chris Humphrey delivers the ball, Emilio Izaguirre manages to make a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Alan Gow, clearance made by Daniel Majstorovic.
Foul by Scott Brown on Tom Hateley, free kick awarded. Stevie Hammell takes the direct free kick.
The referee shows Daniel Majstorovic a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Daniel Majstorovic challenges Alan Gow unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Hateley restarts play with the free kick.
Olivier Kapo leaves the field to be replaced by Daryl Murphy.
The ball is swung over by Mark Wilson, clearance by Stephen Craigan.
Joe Ledley produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
The ball is sent over by Patrick McCourt.
Mark Wilson takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Mark Reynolds.
The ball is swung over by Olivier Kapo, Marc Fitzpatrick makes a clearance.
Patrick McCourt grabs a goal from just outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Celtic 1-0 Motherwell.Short corner taken by Mark Wilson, Mark Wilson provided the assist for the goal.
The ball is sent over by Joe Ledley, clearance by Stevie Hammell.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Alan Gow played to the near post, Scott Brown makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Hateley by Daniel Majstorovic. Stephen Craigan restarts play with the free kick.
Daniel Majstorovic fouled by Chris Humphrey, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Majstorovic takes the direct free kick.
Daniel Majstorovic concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Gow. Tom Hateley takes the free kick.
Centre by Olivier Kapo.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Olivier Kapo by Steven Saunders. Mark Wilson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Stephen Craigan makes a clearance.
Shot from just outside the penalty area by Olivier Kapo misses to the left of the target.
Patrick McCourt produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Olivier Kapo is ruled offside. Darren Randolph takes the indirect free kick.
Emilio Izaguirre challenges Chris Humphrey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Craigan takes the direct free kick.
Thomas Rogne concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc Fitzpatrick. Tom Hateley delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Thomas Rogne makes a clearance.
Joe Ledley has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Wilson, clearance by Stephen Craigan.
Tom Hateley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Ledley. Direct free kick taken by Joe Ledley.
Centre by Mark Wilson.
The ball is crossed by Patrick McCourt, Stevie Hammell manages to make a clearance. Mark Wilson takes a short corner. Patrick McCourt decides to take the corner short.
Joe Ledley produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
It is the end of the first-half.
The second half kicks off.
Forrest back to fire for Bhoys
James Forrest has recovered from flu and is back in Celtic`s squad for the Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Motherwell at Parkhead.
Mexican midfielder Efrain Juarez has shrugged off a virus and is also back in contention.
Defender Cha Du-Ri and midfielder Ki Sung-yueng are away with South Korea on Asian Cup duty.
Manager Neil Lennon believes those who consider signing target Freddie Ljungberg to be too old for the frantic world of Scottish football need only look across Glasgow to Rangers' veteran skipper Davie Weir.
The former Arsenal star, 33, is training with the Parkhead club this week with a view to a deal but there are mixed views about the potential signing of a midfielder who played latterly in the USA after injuries blighted his time at West Ham.
However, the Celtic boss claimed the Swedish legend, who trained for the first time with the Hoops players on Monday, is still in good condition and positively youthful in comparison to 40-year-old Weir who remains a mainstay of the Ibrox defence.
"Davie Weir is 40 and he has played more or less every minute of every game last season and he's played in most of the games this season," Lennon said.
"So compared to Davie, Freddie is a junior.
"It is very difficult to make decisions on one day's training but we like what we see.
"He's got that quality, there's no doubt about it and he is the type of player we are looking to bring in.
"He looked very sharp and his experience is vital.
"He has had a great career so far and at 33 he is still relatively young in the modern day and he will still have a lot to offer."
"It's difficult to sign players on long-term deals in January, but this is an opportunity that we would be foolish to miss out on," added Lennon, who revealed Canada international Dwayne De Rosario has also arrived at the club`s Lennoxtown training ground for a week's trial.
Tom Hateley has recovered from illness for Motherwell.
The midfielder was one of several players to be hit by a stomach bug ahead at the weekend and had to go off after being sick during the Boxing Day defeat by Rangers.
Motherwell have a fully-fit squad but Steve Jennings serves the second of his three-match suspension.
Gordon Young is relaxed about carrying on his role as Motherwell caretaker manager as the club's search for a replacement to Craig Brown continues.
Neil McDonald, who lost his job as assistant to Sam Allardyce at Blackburn this month, appears to have pulled out of the running after holding talks with Fir Park directors.
Motherwell are believed to have gone back to former Sunderland manager Ricky Sbragia following the latest development but he has reiterated his desire to remain in the role of chief scout at the Stadium of Light.
Motherwell are understood to have held negotiations with Sbragia in the hope of a making an appointment before their Boxing Day defeat by Rangers but no deal was struck.
McDonald told the Scottish Daily Express that his discussions went very well but he "didn't get the feeling the job was 100% right for me".
The former Carlisle manager had watched the 4-1 loss to Rangers, before which Weir explained their main criteria were good contacts in the English leagues and experience of management.
Former Doncaster manager Dave Penney has also emerged as a reported candidate with Chris Sutton, Stuart McCall and Alan Stubbs also believed to have been considered.
But Motherwell could yet spring a surprise as there is one strong contender on their list whose identity remains a secret.
Young did not expect to have a third game in charge following defeats by Hearts and Rangers but the club's head of youth development has planned for every outcome.
He said: "I've always adopted the attitude that I would keep the place on a steady footing and organise so that when a new manager came in, whether it be a day or a month, there would be no way he wouldn't hit the ground running.
"The minute someone tells me otherwise I will be more than happy to hand over the reins and give them the support platform that they deserve."
Brown off in Well win
Celtic went top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier league with a narrow 1-0 win over Motherwell at Parkhead but saw skipper Scott Brown sent off which will see him miss Sunday's Old Firm game at Ibrox.
Paddy McCourt's first-half strike separated the sides but the Hoops should have had at least another three in a one-sided first half.
The home side looked less impressive after the break but while they never looked like losing they received a late blow in the 89th minute when Brown, just back in the team after a lengthy injury and booked earlier for a foul on Chris Humphrey, received a second yellow for a foul on Stevie Hammell.
Celtic, who also saw substitute Daryl Murphy limp off injured, are now one point clear of Rangers, albeit having played two games more than the champions, but manager Neil Lennon will have to look for a replacement for the hot-headed Brown.
For their part, Motherwell, expected to confirm Stuart McCall as their new manager in the morning, were poor again and will need some reorganising by the former Scotland international.
Lennon rang the changes for the visit of the Fir Park men.
With Ki Sung-yueng and Cha Du-Ri away at the Asian Cup with South Korea, Olivier Kapo made his first start for Celtic with James Forrest, Joe Ledley, Mark Wilson and Anthony Stokes also coming in to the starting line-up.
The visitors showed one change to the side which lost 4-1 at home to Rangers at the weekend with caretaker boss Gordon Young bringing in Marc Fitzpatrick for Nick Blackman, who dropped to the bench.
Lennon had Kapo in attack alongside Stokes, with what was yet another strike-pairing, but it was defender Emilio Izaguirre who had a great chance in the second minute when Well keeper Darren Randolph spilled a low Ledley drive.
However, despite facing an open goal less than six yards out, the Honduran left-back somehow blasted over the bar.
The Lanarkshire men were simply looking to regroup after their painful home defeat by Rangers but they were under siege as Celtic swarmed around their box.
Kapo had the ball in the net in the 12th minute only to be ruled offside, seconds before McCourt headed a Forrest cross wide of the target.
Motherwell looked bereft of hope, belief and confidence and it was not surprise when, in the 27th minute, Celtic took the lead with the inspirational McCourt breaking the deadlock.
After yet another Hoops corner had the Fir Park men pinned back in to their own penalty area, the Northern Ireland international took a pass from Wilson, drifted in to the box and almost casually curled a right-footed shot from 16 yards in to the far corner past Randolph.
Six minutes later, with the Well defence all over the place, Ledley was sent clear by Stokes and his low left-footed shot from 16 yards sped past Randolph but also the far post.
Kapo was replaced by Daryl Murphy in the 38th minute but Celtic cruised to the half-time whistle in complete control.
There was blow for the Hoops in the 51st minute when substitute Murphy limped off injured to be replaced by midfielder Beram Kayal.
The change seemed to disrupt Lennon's side and for the first time in the game Motherwell began to string a few passes together.
In the 58th minute, as the home defence came under some pressure, Fitzpatrick got on the end of a Chris Humphrey cross but failed to connect properly from six yards and the ball bounced in to the arms of Celtic keeper Fraser Forster.
The game turned rather nasty as the tackles began to fly in, the home fans incensed by those which were perpetrated on their players.
Blackman replaced Jamie Murphy in the 76th minute as the visitors sensed there might be a point there for the taking.
There were some nerves in the final stages and in the 89th minute Brown, booked earlier, was sent packing by referee Stephen Finnie after a challenge on Hammell to take the shine off Celtic going top of the table.
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