Stokes fires Celtic to summit

Celtic moved to the top of the Scottish Premiership table courtesy of a comfortable 2-0 victory over Motherwell at Parkhead on Saturday.

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Anthony Stokes: Opening the scoring for Celtic against Motherwell

Anthony Stokes: Opening the scoring for Celtic against Motherwell

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Goals from Anthony Stokes and Kris Commons, coupled with St Johnstone's demolition of Inverness in Perth, sent the Hoops three points clear with a game in hand.

Celtic took the game to Stuart McCall's visitors from the off but were dealt a blow in the ninth minute when wing-back Adam Matthews was stretchered off following a crunching tackle by Well skipper Keith Lasley.

James Forrest replaced the Welshman and saw an early chance go wide before a blunder from keeper Lee Hollis allowed Stokes to fire the champions ahead in the 21st minute.

The Englishman completely misjudged a flick-on from Commons and with the ball loose in the box Stokes pounced to shoot into an empty net.

Hollis made amends with a fine save from Commons in the 34th minute but he was powerless to prevent the same player adding a second shortly after the break.

An error from Ian Vigurs let the midfielder in on goal and after nut-megging former Celtic defender Stephen McManus, he rode a tackle from Lasley before clipping the ball over the on-rushing Hollis.

With just five minutes left, Celtic's in-form keeper Fraser Forster prevented what looked a certain goal when clawing a John Sutton header off the line in Motherwell's only clear-cut chance of the second period.

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