Motherwell boss' frantic pre-Celtic Park squad decision; lauds Hoops quality

By David Walton

May 16, 2022

Motherwell manager Graham Alexander has stated that illnesses majorly affected his team selection at Celtic Park on trophy day.

The Hoops came out all guns blazing and swept aside the Steelmen in a convincing 6-0 rout. It was one of the Hoops’ most clinical performances of 2022. However, Motherwell certainly disappointed after being absolutely overrun by Ange Postecoglou’s confident side.

The Steelmen went into the game suffering an illness bug that had been causing “havoc” on their squad over the last week [Daily Record]. And it struck once again before they arrived at Parkhead as Alexander had to reshuffle his pack.

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However, he didn’t use it as an excuse as he labelled Celtic a “fantastic team” as captain Stephen O’Donnell joined in the praise of the Hoops.

As quoted by the Glasgow Times, Alexander said: “We had to change the team 55 minutes before coming here because of illness. But we came up against a fantastic team on a massive high. They are a quality team.

“We need to strengthen and remember the league programme as well. You will see the other big clubs at this level improving a lot. They will spend a lot of money so we need to work exceptionally hard to improve what we have if we want to stay as competitive as we have been this season.”

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Alexander was followed in his remarks by Scotland right-back O’Donnell. He stated that the Hoops simply had “too much” for the Steelmen and that they just “couldn’t get to grips with them” [Daily Record].

In truth, when Celtic perform at the intensity levels they were operating at on Saturday then no team in Scotland has a chance against them. When they come out firing like the weekend, there’s very little a team like Motherwell can do. Regardless of whether they had squad changes or not.

Celtic tend to whip up something special on trophy day, so it didn’t necessarily come as a surprise. In fact, it could’ve been a lot more than 6 had we taken some of our other opportunities. Let’s not forget that Carl Starfelt missed a glorious heading opportunity whilst Daizen Maeda could easily have netted.

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Still, it wasn’t a day where Celtic fans were in the mood to be greedy or picky. They were just happy to be celebrating another league title coming back to the famous old stadium.

And the celebrations are continuing well into the week as the achievement continues to be lauded on social media by supporters and pundits.

In other news, Opinion: 6 other Celtic players who will follow Rogic and Bitton out of Parkhead