Celtic got the job done once again as they overcome Motherwell 4-0 at Fir Park as the win consolidated our seven-point lead at the top of the Premiership.
Odsonne Edouard opened the scoring with a fine early finish, before Callum McGregor then provided a second-half cut-back for Leigh Griffiths to slot home. McGregor himself slammed home a wonderful strike from around 20 yards out to seal the deal before Edouard rattled a free-kick into the net.
So as we look back on yet another big night in the title race, here we take a look at the player ratings:
Fraser Forster – 8
Solid as a rock, but that’s what you expect from big Fraser. Made a stunning stop to deny Rolando Aarons that kept Celtic in front at a key stage of the game. More positive ball-handling from the big man too. Fully merited the clean sheet.
Jozo Simunovic – 7
Like Fraser, Simunovic put in a reliable display. He needed this. Made some timely interventions in the first half despite at times covering as a right-back. He’ll be delighted to get an appearance like this under his belt. An important outing for him.
Christopher Jullien – 7
There are still concerns with Jullien’s passing. He at times doesn’t look comfortable enough with the ball at his feet. In addition to that, he gave a couple of needless free-kicks away in the first half. Dealt with Chris Long much better than he did Marios Ogkmpoe at the weekend. No real danger, but there are still elements of his game that need to improve. Made some important blocks from cross-balls.
Kristoffer Ajer – 6
Sloppiness continues to be there from Ajer at times. It was evident here once again frustratingly. Big Kris gave the ball away with a loose pass to give Motherwell a fine first-half opportunity. The back three continues to bring out errors in him. However, like at Hamilton, he grew in composure as the second 45 wore on. Grew into things once again.
James Forrest – 7
Better from Forrest. He gave Jake Carroll nightmares in the one-v-one situations. Carried the ball forward well at times and kept things ticking nicely when in tight areas. Final ball could do with improving, but much livelier than at Hamilton on Sunday.
Olivier Ntcham – 6
Not Ntcham’s best night. Many of his passes from long-range seemed to just wander out of play. However, he was also key in stretching Motherwell at times and always got himself into good areas of the pitch. Missed a sitter when Odsonne Edouard provided him with a perfectly-weighted pass.
Scott Brown – 8
He’s brilliant when he’s on his game like tonight. Constantly swept up danger and stopped Motherwell’s attacking midfielders from making a big difference going forward. Dictated things for Celtic, and seemed to play a lot more forward passes tonight than he usually does. A couple of sloppy passes in there at times, but nothing to worry about.
Callum McGregor – 9
Tidy, composed, and wasn’t giving much away tonight. Played a key role in the opening goal as he threaded a fine ball through for Edouard. Set up the second with a fine cut-back for Leigh Griffiths, before slamming home a superb finish in himself. Top drawer.
Greg Taylor – 7
Gave it his all tonight and then some. Was up and down the entire left flank operating as our left wing-back. Defended well against the tricky Rolando Aarons. Didn’t once run out of energy or make any noticeable errors. A constant worker for Celtic, and showed his efficiency tonight. Much better than the Hamilton display.
Leigh Griffiths – 7
On the scoresheet but still some aspects of his game to work on for Leigh. Again, that link-up play with Edouard was surreal. Missed a big chance at 1-0 just after the opener, whilst at times his final ball let him down. His confidence is growing though, and a cute second-half finish showed just that. He’s now bagged four goals since his return.
Odsonne Edouard – 10
What more can this man do? He was the difference and giving him a 9 would’ve been an insult. Opened the scoring before rattling home a fine free-kick off the post in the second half. Set up Ntcham with a fine run and pass that should’ve ended in a goal. Then provided a cross for Griffiths that seen him hit the bar. General play was also majestic. Superb – words don’t do this man justice. He’s getting ridiculous.
Chris Sutton even published the following regarding the striker as he compared him to the iconic Henrik Larsson:
Celtic brilliant tonight… some of the football tonight breathtaking ⚽️Edouard the closest thing to Larsson I’ve seen in a Celtic jersey… so unselfish, a team player, deadly finisher👏👏
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) February 5, 2020
Ryan Christie (6): Good energy from Ryan when he came on. Gave us some extra pace in the final third and won the free-kick that led to Edouard’s second goal. Patrick Klimala (4): Had a big chance to get his first goal for the club tonight. Was put through but sliced his effort. Tom Rogic (3): Came on in the closing stages but didn’t make an impact.