Celtic celebrated receiving the Scottish Premiership trophy by ending their season with a scintillating six-goal victory in opposition to Motherwell.
After 20 minutes of probing the away defence, Kyogo Furuhashi fired within the opener earlier than guiding in a superb end on the volley both facet of David Turnbull’s drilled effort.
Jota slotted in a fourth, with Giorgos Giakoumakis’ brace from the bench sealing an emphatic final-day win, making certain Celtic finish the league marketing campaign with a 32-game unbeaten streak.
Ange Postecoglou’s males final tasted Premiership defeat at Livingston in September.
The loss drops Motherwell, who secured European soccer with victory over Hearts on Wednesday, to fifth after Dundee United got here from behind to win at Ross County.
Which means Graham Alexander’s facet will enter the Europa Convention League on the second spherical of qualifying, whereas Celtic will begin their European marketing campaign subsequent time period within the Champions League group stage.
Even with the league accomplished and dusted, Postecoglou known as for his gamers to placed on a present worthy of their champion standing, and his facet seemed to crank up the celebration ambiance early in opposition to a packed Motherwell defence.
For the primary 20 minutes, the visiting backline dug deep and handled all the things thrown their method because the hosts probed relentlessly.
However after Victor Nirennhold – making his first begin for the away facet – made a multitude of clearing a nook, the ball was picked up by Kyogo, who rifled low previous Liam Kelly at his close to put up to interrupt the impasse.
Tom Rogic, making his remaining Celtic look, was handled to a standing ovation on the 18th minute by the house crowd, and the Australian virtually had them on their ft once more moments later when he struck the right-hand put up.
It was as an alternative fellow midfielder Turnbull who doubled the benefit when he offered his marker a dummy earlier than charging into the field to drill into the bottom-left nook in opposition to his former membership.
And 4 minutes later it was three when Anthony Ralston’s inch-perfect ball over Jake Carroll was met by Kyogo, who guided in a pleasant end throughout Kelly on the volley.
Motherwell have been camped of their half for essentially the most half however did come shut within the first half by means of Bevis Mugabi, Callum Slattery and Dean Cornelius.
Apart from that, it was their defence who have been doing all of the work as Jota buried a fourth after Daizen Maeda’s heavy contact discovered the winger, who seemed to be half a yard offside.
There was a break in Celtic’s unforgiving attacking play when Rogic’s substitution on the hour left the Australian overwhelmed with emotion as he left the pitch.
Substitute Nir Bitton, additionally enjoying his final sport for the membership, was simply as inconsolable when coming into the sphere for the final time.
4 targets weren’t sufficient for Postecoglou’s free-flowing facet, although, who added a fifth and sixth by means of Giakoumakis.
The Greek striker, whose two targets look set to see him end because the league’s joint-top scorer, was allowed to complete acrobatically all too simply, earlier than bundling in to finish a brace in damage time, sealing a blinding season-ending victory.
Man of the match – Kyogo Furuhashi
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What now for Celtic, then? Wheels appear to be in movement by way of the membership’s summer season enterprise, as long-serving Rogic and Bitton make method after adorned spells.
With the profitable funds the Champions League will deliver, securing the everlasting companies of Benfica loanee Jota and Tottenham Hotspur’s Cameron Carter-Vickers should grow to be a precedence.
All through Postecoglou’s profession, his second seasons have introduced his biggest successes. With what the Australian has achieved after an enormous rebuild, and with out his personal employees, it is going to be intriguing to see how a lot Celtic can progress subsequent time period.
So with simply three wins in 2022, Motherwell finish the season in fifth and have European soccer to look ahead to.
It has been an odd previous season, however will anybody of their dressing room, or within the stands at Fir Park, care how they achieved it with a visit overseas to look ahead to? In all probability not.
However with out making an attempt to tinge a profitable season with pessimism, Alexander should guarantee their 2022 type would not creep into subsequent marketing campaign.
- 3TaylorSubstituted forWelshat 63′minutes
- 18RogicSubstituted forMcCarthyat 62′minutes
- 42McGregorSubstituted forBittonat 85′minutes
- 14TurnbullSubstituted forIdeguchiat 62′minutes
- 17Neves Filipe
- 8FuruhashiSubstituted forGiakoumakisat 62′minutes
- 5MugabiSubstituted forTierneyat 63′minutes
- 4LamieBooked at 76mins
- 32NirennoldSubstituted forDonnellyat 63′minutes
- 27GossSubstituted forvan Veenat 45′minutes
- 29ShieldsSubstituted forO’Haraat 77′minutes
- 9van Veen
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Match ends, Celtic 6, Motherwell 0.
Second Half ends, Celtic 6, Motherwell 0.
Objective! Celtic 6, Motherwell 0. Giorgos Giakoumakis (Celtic) left footed shot from very shut vary to the underside left nook. Assisted by Daizen Maeda with a headed cross.
Jota (Celtic) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Jake Carroll (Motherwell).
Foul by Carl Starfelt (Celtic).
Joseph Efford (Motherwell) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Nook, Celtic. Conceded by Liam Kelly.
Nook, Celtic. Conceded by Liam Donnelly.
Substitution, Celtic. Nir Bitton replaces Callum McGregor.
Jota (Celtic) wins a free kick on the fitting wing.
Foul by Callum Slattery (Motherwell).
Nook, Celtic. Conceded by Jake Carroll.
Try blocked. James McCarthy (Celtic) left footed shot from outdoors the field is blocked.
Nook, Celtic. Conceded by Stephen O’Donnell.
Foul by Giorgos Giakoumakis (Celtic).
Ricki Lamie (Motherwell) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Substitution, Motherwell. Mark O’Hara replaces Connor Shields.
Ricki Lamie (Motherwell) is proven the yellow card for a foul foul.
Jota (Celtic) wins a free kick within the defensive half.