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Daniel Majstorovic is given a yellow card. Daniel Majstorovic challenges John Sutton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steve Jennings.
Kris Commons has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Kris Commons takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph. Emilio Izaguirre takes the outswinging corner, Scott Brown has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
Georgios Samaras challenges Shaun Hutchinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Booking for Gavin Gunning for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Gavin Gunning on Kris Commons. Free kick crossed by Kris Commons, Darren Randolph makes a save.
Daniel Majstorovic challenges Shaun Hutchinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Gary Hooper by Gavin Gunning results in a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick.
Kris Commons produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Inswinging corner taken by Jamie Pollock, clearance by Georgios Samaras.
Inswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley from the left by-line, save made by Fraser Forster.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Mulgrew on John Sutton. Direct free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Forrest by Tom Hateley. The ball is delivered by Kris Commons, Charlie Mulgrew takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
Steve Jennings gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Georgios Samaras. Free kick taken by Georgios Samaras.
Jamie Pollock replaces Ross Forbes. Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Brown on Ross Forbes. Direct free kick taken by Shaun Hutchinson.
Effort from 12 yards by Jamie Murphy. Blocked by John Sutton.
Georgios Samaras concedes a free kick for a foul on Shaun Hutchinson. Tom Hateley restarts play with the free kick.
Scott Brown concedes a free kick for a foul on Shaun Hutchinson. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
James Forrest replaces Sung-Yeung Ki.
Sung-Yeung Ki challenges John Sutton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stevie Hammell restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ross Forbes by Efrain Juarez. Stevie Hammell restarts play with the free kick.
Booking for Steve Jennings for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kris Commons by Steve Jennings. Charlie Mulgrew restarts play with the free kick.
Shot by Chris Humphrey. Blocked by Charlie Mulgrew. Corner from the right by-line taken by Ross Forbes, Shaun Hutchinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Ledley. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
Ross Forbes receives a yellow card. Scott Brown fouled by Ross Forbes, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew takes the direct free kick.
Chris Humphrey takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.
Outswinging corner taken by Kris Commons.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ross Forbes on Sung-Yeung Ki. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick.
Foul by Ross Forbes on Efrain Juarez, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Majstorovic.
Foul by Joe Ledley on Keith Lasley, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Steve Jennings.
Steve Jennings gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Georgios Samaras. Shot comes in from Kris Commons from the free kick, Darren Randolph makes a brilliant save.
Efrain Juarez joins the action as a substitute, replacing Anthony Stokes.
Mark Wilson goes off and Georgios Samaras comes on.
Shaun Hutchinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Hooper. Anthony Stokes has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
Ross Forbes produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
Foul by Ross Forbes on Joe Ledley, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
John Sutton scores a penalty. Motherwell 2-0 Celtic.Fraser Forster is booked. Foul by Emilio Izaguirre on Keith Lasley, Penalty awarded. Assist on the goal came from Keith Lasley.
Corner taken left-footed by Ross Forbes to the near post, Shaun Hutchinson takes a shot.
Gavin Gunning fouled by Anthony Stokes, the ref awards a free kick. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick.
Kris Commons fouled by Ross Forbes, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Kris Commons from right wing, save made by Darren Randolph.
Anthony Stokes takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Clearance made by Tom Hateley. Kris Commons takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Tom Hateley.
Kris Commons has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Unfair challenge on Joe Ledley by Keith Lasley results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Sung-Yeung Ki.
Inswinging corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki.
Unfair challenge on Shaun Hutchinson by Gary Hooper results in a free kick. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick.
Kris Commons fouled by Ross Forbes, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Sung-Yeung Ki, John Sutton manages to make a clearance. Shot on goal by Anthony Stokes from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Anthony Stokes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stevie Hammell. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Shaun Hutchinson on Kris Commons. Emilio Izaguirre restarts play with the free kick.
Kris Commons concedes a free kick for a foul on Keith Lasley. Direct free kick taken by Gavin Gunning.
Charlie Mulgrew concedes a free kick for a foul on John Sutton. Steve Jennings takes the free kick.
Daniel Majstorovic concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Hateley. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
Scott Brown has a curled shot. Save made by Darren Randolph. Corner taken by Kris Commons from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Tom Hateley.
Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save.
Chris Humphrey produces a cross, Daniel Majstorovic makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Jamie Murphy, Effort from inside the area by Chris Humphrey misses to the right of the goal.
A cross is delivered by Stevie Hammell, save by Fraser Forster.
Foul by Gary Hooper on Gavin Gunning, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kris Commons by Steve Jennings. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki, comfortable save by Darren Randolph.
Daniel Majstorovic concedes a free kick for a foul on Ross Forbes. The ball is swung over by Ross Forbes, Jamie Murphy takes a shot. Fraser Forster makes a comfortable save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Hutchinson by Daniel Majstorovic. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick.
Booking for Keith Lasley for unsporting behaviour. Keith Lasley challenges Sung-Yeung Ki unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Ledley takes the direct free kick.
Ross Forbes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Ledley. Kris Commons restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ross Forbes by Sung-Yeung Ki. Stevie Hammell takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by John Sutton on Charlie Mulgrew. Emilio Izaguirre takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Kris Commons by Keith Lasley results in a free kick. The ball is swung over by Kris Commons, Mark Wilson has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
Foul by Steve Jennings on Scott Brown, free kick awarded. Sung-Yeung Ki takes the direct free kick.
John Sutton fires in a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Motherwell 1-0 Celtic.
Chris Humphrey takes a shot. Daniel Majstorovic gets a block in.
Lennon wary of `crafty' Jeffers
Neil Lennon will be wary of former Old Firm adversary Francis Jeffers when he takes his Celtic side to Motherwell on Sunday.
The Irishman was skipper at Parkhead in 2005 when Jeffers had a short loan period at Ibrox.
The former Everton and Arsenal striker, 30, returned to Scotland earlier this month to sign for the Fir Park club and scored his first goal for Stuart McCall's side in the recent 2-1 win at Aberdeen.
Lennon is well aware of the threat the Englishman could pose to the Hoops' Clydesdale Bank Premier League title hopes.
"I know him, he was at Rangers," the Parkhead boss said.
"It's a good bit of business for Motherwell to bring someone of his experience to the club.
"He is a good player and knows where the goal is.
"He's crafty, he flits in and out of games and suddenly pops up with a goal.
"He's already made his mark, he's scored against Aberdeen so he is someone we will need to keep an eye on."
Beram Kayal is suspended for Sunday`s encounter while Freddie Ljungberg has a calf problem and will resume training next week.
On-form Celtic are strong favourites to cement their place at the top of the SPL.
The Hoops are eight points ahead of Old Firm rivals Rangers albeit having played two games more than the champions.
Motherwell, for their part, have blown hot and cold recently and after being thrashed 6-0 against Rangers at Ibrox they picked up maximum points away to Aberdeen and against Lanarkshire rivals Hamilton at Fir Park.
However, it was back to square one when they were beaten at home by struggling St Mirren in midweek but Lennon expects a tough afternoon.
"They had a bad result at Ibrox and bounced back with two decent results against Aberdeen and Hamilton," the Hoops boss said.
"I'm sure Stuart will be disappointed by the way they played on Wednesday night. They didn't do themselves justice.
"But we know they will be up for the game.
"It's live on television, there should be a good crowd there and the players will realise that they probably let their manager down and he will be looking for a reaction from them.
"Fir Park has always been a difficult place to get a result and I can't see Sunday being any different."
Motherwell manager McCall will tell his players to get the ball forward more quickly against Celtic.
Motherwell missed the chance to go fourth on Wednesday when they lost 1-0 at home to St Mirren with a performance McCall branded "unacceptable".
The former Scotland midfielder felt his players lacked St Mirren's hunger but he was also frustrated that they struggled to get the ball out wide to Jamie Murphy and the recalled Chris Humphrey.
And McCall has told his players to adapt to the barren and sandy Fir Park pitch when they face the Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders.
"We've got a lot of good footballers in the side but at this stage of the season the conditions of the parks for playing free-flowing football is not great," he said.
"I think the other night we over-did the football by trying to play too many passes in wrong areas of the park.
"Some people think `well, at least you are trying to play the right way'. Sometimes you have to weigh up what's needed in any given game.
"At times we needed to get the ball in the box and create pressure.
"We were taking too many passes, and struggling to get the ball under control, to get the ball where we wanted to be. We didn't need 10 passes, we just needed two or three."
Murphy accepted his manager's criticism after McCall suffered what he described as his biggest disappointment since taking charge two months ago.
"He is a very determined guy, you could see that when he was playing," Murphy said. "That's the way he played and that's the way he manages.
"It would be weird if he didn't come in and shout at us after the game.
"All the boys accepted that, it was our fault we didn't play well."
McCall could be without four or five first-team players for the clash.
Stephen Craigan is suspended and Steve Jones, Steven Saunders (both hamstring) and Bob McHugh (wrist) definitely miss out, while Keith Lasley (ribs) and Steve Jennings (Achilles) are "touch and go".
Sutton brace sees off Celtic
A John Sutton double gave Motherwell an unlikely 2-0 win over Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders Celtic on a dramatic afternoon at Fir Park.
The Well striker pounced in the second minute after hesitation between Charlie Mulgrew and goalkeeper Fraser Forster to knock the ball into an empty net.
Celtic recovered to take control of the game but, at the start of the second half, after Hoops left-back Emilio Izaguirre had been adjudged by referee Euan Norris to have fouled Motherwell skipper Keith Lasley in the box, Sutton blasted in the spot-kick.
Although television pictures indicated the award was soft, Motherwell held onto the lead with all they could muster to register their first home win over Celtic since 2005.
On another day Celtic might have won with some ease but Motherwell, despite having to defend for long spells, could have added to their lead which will be a worry for Hoops manager Neil Lennon.
Celtic went into the game on top form, unbeaten in 17 games, but they got off to a nightmare start.
In the first minute Hoops defender Mulgrew missed a challenge on Chris Humphrey down the right, allowing the Well wideman to bear down on Forster.
However, luckily for the visitors, defender Daniel Majstorovic was quickly over to block the shot at the expense of a corner which came to nothing.
But seconds later, Mulgrew and Forster both hesitated when Gavin Gunning sent a long, hopeful punt into the Celtic box and Sutton nipped in to round the keeper and gratefully slide the ball into an empty net.
Celtic's response was swift and moments later defender Mark Wilson climbed high at the back post to reach a Kris Commons free-kick but headed over the bar.
Motherwell had half a chance when Jamie Murphy's cross from the left ended up at Humphrey but his angled shot from 14 yards was snatched and flew wide.
At the other end, with the home defence all over the place, Darren Randolph had to make a fine point-blank save from Anthony Stokes and seconds later the big keeper threw himself down to his left to push a Scott Brown shot from distance past the post.
Motherwell survived the corner but it looked only a matter of time before the Hoops levelled although Stokes again missed a chance in the 38th minute when he turned and drove high over from 16 yards.
In the final minute, as Celtic pressed again, the Irishman had a shot from 10 yards cleared away by Well defender Shaun Hutchinson as it sped past Randolph.
The start of the second half was as dramatic as the beginning of the first with Sutton grabbing his second goal from a penalty within three minutes.
Celtic failed to clear their lines after Hutchinson had headed a Forbes corner against the bar and, when Izaguirre tangled with Lasley in the box, referee Norris pointed to the spot and Sutton drove the ball past Forster.
Wilson and Stokes were taken off minutes later, replaced by Georgios Samaras and Efrain Juarez, and Celtic pounded the home side who were forced into some frantic defending.
In the 54th minute Commons' long-distance free-kick beat the Motherwell defensive wall and Randolph but rebounded off the keeper's right-hand post.
It was another escape but, in a Motherwell breakaway, Murphy switched play to send Humphrey clear down the right only for the Well player to hesitate before getting his shot in and the ball struck Forster, who then pounced on the loose ball.
In the 65th minute James Forrest replaced Ki in what was Celtic's last throw of the dice with regards substitutions.
Celtic continued to push forward but with less conviction and in the 71st minute Motherwell carved open another chance on the break but Murphy's goal-bound shot from 12 yards was blocked by Sutton, who was trying to get out of the way.
The leaders kept coming and Mulgrew had a header from a Commons free-kick saved by Randolph and then Commons shot high over after finding a yard of space inside the Motherwell box.
In the first minute of added time Randolph tipped a Commons shot over the bar as it headed for the top corner as Motherwell defended stoutly until the final whistle before heralding their first home win over Celtic in six years.
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