Motherwell v Celtic: Preview and Live Score Updates

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Updated: February 27, 2013
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Motherwell entertain Scottish Premier League champions Celtic at Fir Park on Wednesday night in what looks like a daunting task for the Steelmen.

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Stuart McCall’s side will have it all to do as Celtic look to go 24 points clear at the top of the SPL.

Form

Motherwell come into Wednesday’s SPL game on the back of successive defeats to Dundee United and Ross County. A win for Motherwell could see them move up to second in the table and they will do their all to put an end to their recent slump. The uncertainty surrounding Stuart McCall’s Motherwell future continues to plague the Steelmen, but the manager is confident it will be resolved sooner rather than later.

Celtic have been in scintillating form since the crushing loss to Juventus in the Champions League and find themselves 21 points clear at the top of the SPL. They have been firing on all cylinders, scoring a whopping twelve goals in their last three games. They destroyed Dundee 5-0 at the weekend and Neil Lennon has stressed the importance of his players staying motivated. The signs are ominous for a Motherwell side that shipped three goals in their loss to Ross County.

Team News

Motherwell have a number of injury worries to contend with ahead of the Fir Park clash. Defender Fraser Kerr missed the defeat to Ross County though illness and is unavailable for selection. Zaine Francis-Angol is also a doubt after leaving last weekend’s game with injury. Midfielder Tom Hateley and defender Steven Hammell face late fitness tests and McCall will monitor their progress closely.

Celtic captain Scott Brown is waiting on the decision of a specialist as to whether surgery is needed to resolve his abductor problem and is out of the game. Defender Mikael Lustig is also an absentee with a thigh injury. Charlie Mulgrew is a doubt as he struggles to shake off a a glute problem.

Players to Watch

Motherwell top goalscorer Michael Higdon is key to any possible Motherwell success on Wednesday. He has scored 17 times this season and will be looking to add to that tally tonight.

However, Celtic striker Gary Hooper has bagged 23 goals this term and is in a rich vein of goalscoring form. Hooper may be coming to the end of his Celtic career with numerous Premiership clubs targeting the front-man, but that won’t affect the former Scunthorpe striker and he will be a menace to the depleted Motherwell defence on Wednesday night. Expect him to break the 30-goal barrier before the season ends.

Betting Advice

Motherwell are in free-fall, Celtic are in dreamland. Take Celtic -1 at 6/4 with Boylesports.com.

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