"Still a fantastic team"; Celtic prepare to face motivated Motherwell

By Euan Davidson

February 5, 2021

Celtic face a Motherwell side who have won their last two matches.

After felling Ross County and Dundee United, a new challenge awaits for Well boss Graham Alexander. In recent months, a trip to Celtic Park hasn’t been the intimidating prospect it usually is. The Steelmen’s manager, however, is aware of the scale of the task facing his side.

Fresh off a galvanising 4-0 win over Kilmarnock [BBC], all Celtic need to do is win some matches. The title may be beyond us, but Celtic can beat this Motherwell side to build momentum going into the business end of the 20-21 season.

New Motherwell manager Alexander was under no illusions. He’s not letting the Celtic collapse narrative distract him from his task.

Via Not the Old Firm, Alexander said:

“I know there’s a lot of talk about Celtic’s season, but there are a lot of clubs underneath who wouldn’t mind Celtic’s season so far, so that’s the reality.

“They’re still a fantastic team with a really experienced manager and who have quality throughout. But I want to concentrate on what we can bring to the game, and that’s what our message will be for the next 24 hours going into it.”

A typically feisty encounter: Celtic v Motherwell / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Celtic v Motherwell; a potentially frustrating afternoon

Celtic will be missing Ryan Christie, but the continued form of David Turnbull and the return of Ismaila Soro will be key. Albian Ajeti’s “dive” has been subject of an appeal by the Bhoys, so he may continue alongside Odsonne Edouard.

Motherwell sit 9th, but the margin for error between the top six is infinitesimal. 6th place St. Mirren have 29 points, while the Well have 25 [SPFL].

Motherwell boss Alexander talked up his side’s chances against the Champions:

“Any team has a fighting chance going into a game and if you don’t believe that, then I don’t think you are a professional sportsperson in the first place. You’re a professional and you’ve had these battles since you were a kid, to succeed.

“To get to professional level you have to overcome challenges and opposition for contracts and everything, so you’re used to competing. If that ever goes away, when you feel that you can’t compete, then you’re in the wrong game.

“I think we have players that can hurt any opposition in Scotland.”

Celtic face Motherwell tomorrow at 3pm.

Meanwhile, a Celtic youngster is earning acclaim early into a loan spell.