When Celtic returned to action after the winter break, one of the fixtures which stood out as the most difficult on paper was the midweek trip to Fir Park to face Motherwell.
The reason for that – Motherwell are playing well this season, and currently sit in third place in the Premiership table.
Hoops made light work of difficult game
However, the Hoops made light work of what could have been a difficult game, as they won 4-0 at Fir Park in one of the team’s best performances of the season so far.
One man in particular who was impressed with Celtic’s display was BBC pundit and former Hoops goalkeeper Pat Bonner.
As quoted by BBC Sport’s live text (05/02, 21:33) coverage of the game, he felt that the performance and victory was a ‘statement’ made by Celtic.
“One of the toughest games”
“I’ve always said tonight this game was one of the toughest games for Celtic. Even though it’s 4-0, Motherwell are a tough side to beat away from home as this is a tough place to come. This is a big statement from Celtic” Bonner said.
Celtic’s emphatic win certainly sent a message to the rest of Scottish football. It showed that the Hoops are more than capable of going to difficult venues in the league and coming away with notable wins.
This is in fact the second time this season Celtic have gone away from home to a top six side and won 4-0, it happened against Aberdeen as well.
The win against Motherwell was arguably more impressive as it was a better performance though. Had Celtic taken their chances, the Hoops could easily have scored six or seven goals.
As it was, the team scored four, which certainly impressed Pat Bonner.