Celtic FC are just one win away from reclaiming the Scottish Premier League title with a 4-0 victory at Motherwell FC on Tuesday. The defending champions could even be handed the title without kicking a ball if their Glasgow rivals Rangers FC lose at home against Kilmarnock FC on Wednesday.
Home goalkeeper François Dubourdeau got an early touch when he saved John Hartson's powerful left-foot shot by his post in the fifth minute, but there was little he could do to prevent Celtic's brilliant tenth-minute opener. Paul Lambert played the ball up to Henrik Larsson and the Swedish international back-heeled the ball back into the path of the Scotland midfield player who prodded the ball under Dubourdeau.
Larsson makes it two
Celtic's second goal came in the 53rd minute when Larsson got on the end of Lubomir Moravcik's corner and headed past the Motherwell keeper. The home side's hopes of a comeback disappeared a minute later when Stephen Pearson was shown a red card for a challenge on Didier Agathe and Celtic took advantage of their extra man by increasing their lead further five minutes later.
All over for Motherwell
Hartson took the ball around Dubourdeau and the Frenchman had no option but to bring him down for a penalty. Larsson stepped up to blast the ball into the bottom corner for his 31st goal of the season. Johann Mjallby became the next Celtic player on the scoresheet in the 78th minute when he hit a glorious right-foot shot past Dubourdeau from 20 metres.
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