Celtic are back to the top after defeating Motherwell by three goals at Parkhead.

Two academy Bhoys led the charge by scoring two fantastic goals.

Although Celtic battered Motherwell on the score-sheet, the Hoops were flung from pillar to post under the allowance of referee Bobby Madden.

Johnston and Ralston stake claims

Eyebrows were raised when Anthony Ralston was on the team sheet but he soon silenced critics.

The 20-year-old overlapped deep into the box to smartly finish Celtic’s opener.

Anthony Ralston is making a claim for a start by scoring Celtic’s first goal. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Mikey Johnston replaced injured Odsonne Edouard in the first half and found the net right away.

This was his second positive performance in a row and could make his way into the first team.

Brown back on form

Another player who impressed with his Motherwell performance is Scott Brown. The midfielder won Man of the Match and looked his old reliable self.

In his 500th appearance, Brown shored up the centre of the park.

With Ryan Christie set to come back it will be a future talking point if Brown is dropped.

Penalty hoodoo beaten at last

Scott Sinclair’s first half penalty was the Hoops’ first successful spot kick in four attempts.

Scott Sinclair is now beating his penalty hoodoo after missing against Aberdeen in the League Cup final. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

After three missed tries, fans would have been watching Sinclair’s goal through their fingers.

Nevertheless, the Englishman slotted away despite the keeper guessing correctly.

Celtic black and blue at full time

Referee Madden allowed Motherwell free roam to smash Celtic players at will.

The penalty awarded couldn’t have been more blatant as James Forrest was taken out by Charles Dunne.

It took until the 70th minute before Carl McHugh was shown a yellow card.

This followed a few bookable challenges within a few minutes. Motherwell are definitely living up to their hatchet men reputation.

Aitchison will aim for Dundee call-up

Development striker Jack Aitchison needs to be in the team in Saturday’s match.

Edouard’s first half injury means Celtic are without a recognised player up front.

Young striker Jack Aitchison will be aiming for a first team place on Saturday against Dundee. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Johnston and Lewis Morgan came on but they are not middle men by any means.

Aitchison is fresh after scoring a goal for the reserves in their recent game.

Edouard’s injury could mean The Bhoys could go into massive games against Aberdeen and Rangers without a front man – that would be a disaster.

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