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.

Last Updated: 05/10/13 at 17:49 Post Comment

Anthony Stokes: Opening the scoring for Celtic against Motherwell

Anthony Stokes: Opening the scoring for Celtic against Motherwell

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

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.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Sunday, 31 August 2014
12:30
Dundee 1-1 Celtic Report
Saturday, 30 August 2014
15:00
Hamilton 4-0 Ross Co Report
Inverness 2-0 Kilmarnock Report
Motherwell 0-1 St J'stone Report
St Mirren 0-3 Dundee Utd Report
Saturday, 23 August 2014
Dundee Utd 2-1 Ross Co  
Kilmarnock 2-0 Motherwell  
Partick 1-2 Hamilton  
St J'stone 1-0 Aberdeen  
St Mirren 0-1 Dundee  

Scottish Premiership

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Inverness 5 7 13
2 Hamilton 5 6 12
3 Dundee Utd 5 3 12
4 St J'stone 5 -1 9
5 Celtic 4 7 7
6 Dundee 5 1 7
7 Kilmarnock 5 -1 7
8 Aberdeen 4 0 6
9 Partick 4 1 4
10 Motherwell 5 -5 3
11 St Mirren 4 -7 0
12 Ross Co 5 -11 0

Updated Sun, 31 Aug 2014

Footer 365

Transfer news: Toby Alderweireld set for Southampton medical

Ronald Koeman has confirmed that Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld is on his way to Southampton.

Tim Vickery: Work permit issues favour Argentinian players

Tim Vickery believes favourable work permit issues means more Argentinian players are likely to come to England.

Transfer news: Manchester City's Alvaro Negredo linked with Valencia

Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo has been linked with a return to his homeland with La Liga side Valencia.

Mail Box

Wenger: The Most Stubborn Manager Going

Arsenal fans would quite like their club to sign a striker thank you very much, whilst someone is excited about Jim White et al. Plus, Klose to Arsenal please...

Finding It Harder To Defend United

We have some Sunday thoughts on Manchester United's latest league point, plus farewells offered to Daniel Agger (fond) and Fernando Torres (less so)...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property