No stopping Celta
Moussa Dembélé converted from the spot to bring up his 27th goal of the season and help runaway league leaders Celtic to a 2-0 win over Motherwell this afternoon.
The French forward, who is being touted to be handed a call-up by Didier Deschamps for France’s games against Luxembourg and Spain next month opened the scoring on 33 minutes. James Forrest added a second before the break to seal Celtic's 20th consecutive league victory as they remain unbeaten in 31 domestic outings since the start of the season.
Victory extends their advantage over Aberdeen, who are away to Kilmarnock on Sunday, to 27 points with third-placed Rangers a further three behind ahead of their clash with Dundee.
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said his side improved after a slow start.”The first 20 minutes we were slow and not aggressive enough. The second half was much better and we had better penetration in the team. I was pleased in general, It's a great focus the players have”.
Visiting manager Mark McGhee focused on the positives for his side which came days after they conceded seven to Aberdeen. “Overall we contained them and they had very few shots. In the second half it was much better and we held our own”.
Arnaud Djoum on target
Elsewhere, Hearts missed the chance to close the gap with Rangers as they were held to a 1-1 draw by bottom-of-the-table Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Arnaud Djoum, fresh from winning the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations with Cameroon, scored an equaliser in the second half for the Edinburgh-based side.