Stephen Robinson takes his Motherwell side to Celtic Park this Sunday for the first time since an infamous match in February.
Celtic ran out 4-1 winners the last time the Lanarkshire side ventured to the East End of Glasgow but the scoreline only tells a fraction of the story from an ill-tempered afternoon.
Celtic may have scored the vast majority of the goals that day but it was Motherwell’s solitary strike that proved to be the undoubted talking point.
You really had to see it to believe it as the Steelmen failed to return the ball to Celtic after they had passed it out following an injury to Ryan Christie. Young ‘Well forward James Scott raced away with Celtic Park stunned, before shooting on goal. Scott Bain saved the effort well but Gboly Ariyibi smashed it into the empty to make the score 2-1.
Thankfully late goals from Odsonne Edouard and Oliver Burke secured the three points. But there was an uneasy atmosphere inside Parkhead that day as the Celtic fans and players dealt with a real injustice.
Funnily enough, that February encounter proved to be Brendan Rodgers’ final in charge of the club. What a long way we’ve come since then.
The David Turnbull sub-plot
Motherwell may not have been at Celtic Park yet this season, but one of their players has. David Turnbull was pictured inside the stadium in late June (Daily Record) as he closed in on a permanent transfer.
Unfortunately, the move fell through due to an unforeseen issue in the youngster’s medical. Turnbull has since had surgery but not kicked a ball for the Steelmen yet this season.
He won’t be in their squad for the game on Sunday.