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  • Five-star Celts ease into last eight of League Cup

    Five-star Celts ease into last eight of League Cup

    By: Martin Dalziel on 10 Aug, 2016 21:34

  • Scottish League Cup
    Round of 16
    Celtic Park
    Wednesday August 10, 2016

    (Rogic 20, 76 Dembele 34 [pen], 64, Sinclair 61)


    CELTIC cruised into the quarter-finals of the Scottish League Cup with a comfortable 5-0 win over Motherwell at Paradise. On a damp and dreary evening in Glasgow, Brendan Rodgers’ team sent the home fans away happy with a confident display full of attacking verve and creativity, as well as a string of goals.

    Tom Rogic opened the scoring with a full-blooded volley 20 minutes in after excellent set-up play by Callum McGregor before Moussa Dembele doubled the advantage from the penalty spot after Scott Sinclair was pushed off the ball in the box by Richard Tait.

    Sinclair curled in the third from inside the box after the restart and Dembele added the fourth, powering the ball through the Motherwell keeper’s legs after good work by Sinclair. The finishing touch was then applied by Rogic, who tapped home James Forrest’s parried shot to put the Celts comfortably through to the quarter-final draw.

    The Hoops started the game in typical style, passing well and using the width of the pitch with Sinclair, one of four changes from the win over Hearts, impressing on his home debut in the opening stages.

    The first-half had the traditional look of a standard league match at Paradise with Celtic controlling possession and winning corners while Motherwell’s packed defence sat back to soak up attacks. What differed from recent seasons, however, was the Hoops’ variety in their approach to breaking the deadlock, with players swapping positions freely and altering the pace of the game to open up Motherwell.

    And their patience was rewarded on 20 minutes when Rogic sensationally opened the scoring with a powerful finish from close-range. The attacker was expertly picked out by a wonderfully-weighted chip from McGregor, allowing Rogic to control in the box with his right and fire home with his left emphatically into the roof of the net.

    The Australian looked hungry for more and could have doubled his tally less than 10 minutes later but Craig Samson saved his curling shot before Moussa Dembele saw a rebounded effort deflected off the bar.

    It wasn’t long before the second goal did come, however, as the lively Sinclair was pushed over in the box by Tait as Celtic piled forward, leaving the referee no option but to point to the spot. Up stepped Dembele to take the kick and the Frenchman made no mistake, curling a high shot into the top left corner to put the Celts totally in charge.

    Rogic and Sinclair threatened to add further goals before half-time but the agile reactions of Samson kept his side in the game at the break.

    Normal service resumed after the restart and Scott Brown, Forrest, Sinclair and Dembele could all have added more goals were it not for Samson’s heroics in goal.

    The Bhoys were not to be denied a third, however, and their perseverance was rewarded again when Sinclair made it two goals in two games by drifting inside from the left edge of the box to place a curling, right-footed shot beyond the motionless Motherwell keeper to put the Celts on easy street on the hour.

    The Steelmen retreated to their own box to limit the damage but that just invited the Hoops on and the home side were soon 4-0 up when Dembele rifled the ball through Samson’s legs after his initial shot was parried.

    The comfortable cushion allowed Brendan Rodgers to hand Jamie McCart his competitive debut for the Celts as he replaced Mikael Lustig in defence before Liam Henderson came on for Brown, offering the skipper a rare rest.

    Both players were only on the pitch a matter of minutes before Celtic made it a fantastic five when Forrest’s angled shot was parried into the path of Rogic, with the Australian slotting home with ease from six yards out.

    Anthony Ralston’s introduction 10 minutes from time in place of Saidy Janko saw the Celts see out the game with six Youth Academy players on the field at full-time and ease into the quarter-finals of the competition.

    CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Gordon; Janko (Ralston 81), Lustig (McCart 69), O’Connell, Izaguirre; McGregor, Brown (Henderson 73); Forrest, Rogic, Sinclair; Dembele.
    Not used: Fasan, Ciftci, Armstrong, Christie, Ajer

    MOTHERWELL (5-3-2) Samson; Tait, Heneghan, McManus, Hammell (Ainsworth 46), Chalmers; Cadden, Lasley, Clay; McDonald, Johnson.
    Not used: Brill, Laing, Lucas, Thomas, Ferguson, Mackin

    Website man of the match: Tom Rogic


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