Scottish Premiership: Celtic beat Motherwell 3-0 to move 13 points clear
Celtic moved 13 points clear at the top in Scotland as Kris Commons inspired a 3-0 win over Motherwell at Parkhead.
Last Updated: 18/01/14 6:05pm
Celtic moved 13 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership as Kris Commons inspired a 3-0 win over Motherwell at Parkhead.
The league's player of the month for December bagged a first-half brace and a second-half Stephen McManus own goal ensured there was to be no seventh straight win for the visitors.
The only blemish for Celtic manager Neil Lennon was a late red card shown to Tony Stokes for an ugly lunge on Keith Lasley.
Celtic, who had inflicted the last defeat on Stuart McCall's men in early December, were on the attack from the first whistle and when Motherwell 'keeper Gunaar Neilsen parried Stokes' shot, Commons (5) pounced to slot home the opener.
Motherwell broke the shackles but John Sutton could not get any purchase on his shot as he latched onto Shaun Hutchinson's knockdown.
Stokes did well to work some space before shooting left-footed just wide of the target.
James Forrest also went close for the home side but Well's Gareth Ainsworth had his head in his hands as his low drive skidded wide of the target.
But when Nielsen clipped Stokes he conceded a penalty - and earned a yellow card for his pains - and Commons (39) sent the spot-kick high into the roof of the net.
Celtic claims for second penalty fell on deaf ears and Iain Vigurs drew a fine stop from Fraser Forster before the England goalkeeper denied James McFadden with his legs.
Stokes comes close to extending Celtic's lead, curling a right-footed effort from 20 yards that skimmed the crossbar.
But the third goal did arrive shortly after when Forrest's driven cross was diverted into his own net by the hapless Stephen McManus (68).
Stokes' lunge at Lasley brought an early end to his afternoon but it was the 10-men who went closest to another goal before the whistle as Scott Brown threatened.