Odsonne Edouard grabbed a surprising hat trick as Celtic cruised to a 5-1 Scottish Premiership win over Motherwell at Parkhead.
The 19-year-old striker, on mortgage from Paris Saint-Germain, was considered one of six adjustments made by boss Brendan Rodgers with a watch on Tuesday’s Champions League sport towards Anderlecht and he struck from shut vary within the 16th minute after which from the sting of the field earlier than the break.
Within the third assembly between the golf equipment in every week, Nicely’s half-time substitute Elliott Frear scored towards the run of play within the 65th minute however Hoops substitute James Forrest restored Celtic’s two-goal benefit after which accomplished the rout after Edouard added a fourth with six minutes remaining.
The champions prolonged their unbeaten home run 67 video games to go seven factors away from Aberdeen on the prime of the Scottish Premiership.
With fellow Frenchman Moussa Dembele working his means again from an ankle harm and Leigh Griffiths beginning on the bench, Edouard led the road with Jonny Hayes, Kristofer Ajer, Olivier Ntcham, Tom Rogic and Scott Sinclair additionally again.
The house aspect took the lead with their first actual probability.
Ntcham arrange Sinclair and his cut-back from the byline was tapped in from six yards by Edouard for his first objective at Celtic Park in his third begin.
His second within the 33rd minute was simply as simple, taking a Rogic cross and approaching the Nicely penalty space earlier than driving by way of the legs of back-tracking Motherwell stand-in captain Peter Hartley and into the far nook.
Celtic skipper Scott Brown had earlier been booked for a foul on Louis Moult after which needed to come off for remedy to his face after a problem by the Motherwell striker and there have been occasional indicators that the sport may boil over.
4 minutes from the break Rogic had the ball within the Nicely internet however a really late flag by the assistant referee dominated it out, to the anger of the house followers.
Carl McHugh and Frear got here on for the beginning of the second-half however Celtic continued to dominate.
Edouard headed a Sinclair cross huge from eight yards earlier than Hayes, an infinite supply of hazard down the best, scuffed an effort huge and Motherwell keeper Trevor Carson saved out a Mikael Lustig drive.
Within the 64th minute Carson made an unorthodox save from an Ntcham free-kick earlier than Tierney hammered the rebound huge.
All of it appeared straightforward sufficient for the Hoops however they had been shocked a minute later when, in a sporadic Fir Park assault, Frear stabbed in a Richard Tait cross from contained in the six-yard field.
Rodgers introduced on Callum McGregor and Forrest and within the 75th minute the latter minimize in on to his left foot contained in the field earlier than firing into the far nook.
Carson tipped a Forrest shot over the bar earlier than, within the 84th minute, Tait’s headed back-pass to his keeper was pounced on by Edouard who slipped it previous Carson.
And there was nonetheless time for Forrest to bend within the fifth with the skin of his boot.