Celtic 2-0 Motherwell: Three things to take away

By David Walton

November 10, 2019

Celtic 2-0 Motherwell was the score as the Hoops secured three vital points to stay at the top of the Premiership.

Odsonne Edouard and a Richard Tait own goal helped the Hoops on their way. They were a vital two goals too as Rangers also cruised to success at Livingston. Both sides continue to be neck-and-neck at the top of the Premiership.

Coming off the back of a historic night against Lazio on Thursday, the Bhoys managed the job with minimal fuss today. And here, we take a look at three things to come out of the contest:

1. Eddy’s mini-drought ends

Odsonne Edouard is back amongst the goals again (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It had been going unnoticed considering his performance levels recently. However, Eddy’s goal today was actually his first in four games. For him, that’s a mini-drought.

His last strike for the Hoops came at Pittodrie on October 27th. Since then, Celtic had faced Lazio, Hibernian, and St Mirren respectively. It’s the first time since the domestic campaign began that Edouard had managed to go three games without a goal.

That doesn’t mean his performances have dipped, of course. Over the last few games, Edouard has managed assists for Mohamed Elyounoussi, James Forrest, and Olivier Ntcham respectively.

But for a striker of Edouard’s standard, he will be delighted to be on the scoresheet once again.

2. Hayes proves he can still do a job

Jonny Hayes didn’t let anyone down today (David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

With Boli Bolingoli still missing, it was up in the air as to who started at left-back. Hayes was given the nod over Greg Taylor, and that opens itself up to an interesting debate on the left-back position.

But as for Hayes as an individual, he proved once again he has what it takes to be Celtic’s utility man. A solid performance in Italy against Lazio was followed up with another positive display today. His cross led to the second goal, and he was up and down the left all afternoon once again.

It’s fair to say that his crosses continue to cause real danger in the opposition penalty area. However, whether he stays in the team after Boli’s return is extremely doubtful.

But today, he proved he’s Celtic’s Mr Reliable with another fine outing.

3. Ntcham’s Celtic career gets a boost

Olivier Ntcham is suddenly coming into some form (Tiziana Fabi/AFP via Getty Images)

Olivier Ntcham was the name on everyone’s lips after Thursday night. His goal in Lazio helped create Celtic history in more ways than one. But his eyes would’ve been on the future, and potentially fighting his way back into the team.

Fortunately, he managed to follow up his Lazio goal with a first start since September as he was called upon to face Motherwell.

As for his performance, it was certainly lively. He came close to yet another goal on several occasions and provided the Hoops with some fresh energy in the midfield.

His career has really taken a boost over the last few days. It’ll be interesting to see whether he can build on it further ahead of a packed ending to 2019.