Scottish League Cup Final: Motherwell v Celtic Match Preview & Free Bets



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Scottish champions Celtic stunned the Parc de Princes into silence when they opened the scoring inside the opening minute in their midweek Champions League encounter with Paris Saint-Germain, however from that point onwards it was very much downhill all the way to the final whistle as the Hoops leaked no less than seven goals. Nevertheless boss Brendan Rodgers maintained that the demolition job wasn’t as complete as it was against Barcelona last season.

“In a strange way, I thought there were lots of good moments for us,” he said. “We came off after Barcelona and it was a tough one for us because we didn’t give anything in the game. Whereas tonight, we made a great start, which gave us belief. You could see that in how we were playing, defending strongly and had a real good focus and real good quality in the game. We give the ball away in midfield and that gives them the opportunity to get the goal. The spell after that I was probably most disappointed with… the lessons for us: we can keep the ball better, defend better at set-pieces but you also have to admire the sheer quality of PSG.”

One wonders whether he was actually watching the same match and it is unlikely that any player will be happy coming back into the changing room after a 7-1 hammering. Rodgers’ must now lift his men for this weekend’s Scottish League Cup against Motherwell at Hampden Park, and we firmly believe that he will do just that.

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The Steelmen ended a two-game losing run by beating Aberdeen 2-0 at Pittodrie, however Celtic are a sizeable gulf in quality above the Dons and with the Hoops’ only defeats this season coming in European competition, Motherwell face a massive challenge in this cup final. Celtic’s unbeaten domestic run will certainly come to an end at some point, however we don’t believe that it will be on Sunday afternoon.

That’s not to say that we will be in for a one-sided affair. All-but-one of Motherwell’s defeats this season have been by single goal margins and they have been pretty adept at keeping clean sheets of late. It may well prove to be a case of ‘parking the bus’ for the Steelmen and as such, Celtic will need to be patient as they look for a way through. Nevertheless a way through they will certainly find and at the final whistle, Brendan Rodgers will lead his troops to the first part of a likely domestic treble.

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