FROM NEIL DOHERTY AT FIR PARK: There are dream debuts – and then there are fantastic dream debuts. Today at Fir Park Neil Lennon made six changes to the side which lost the Scottish Cup semi-final a week ago and saw a new Bhoy score on the double.
Tony Watt came off the bench to fire two goals as the champions shook off that defeat to Hearts with a 3-0 win over Motherwell.
A first half saw Celtic’s Pawel Brozek fire wide and had another effort saved while ‘Well’s Chris Humphrey was twice denied by Lukasz Zaluska, making a rare start for the Celts.
But Watt volleyed a beautiful goal in the 63rd minute to open the scoring for the visitors. He had only been on the pitch for four minutes after replacing Brozek.
And the three minutes later he hit a glorious second – firing across Randolph into the net after being found by Joe Ledley.
Motherwell were unable to rally and Cha Du-Ri headed a third for Celtic seven minutes from the end after a glorious pass from Paddy McCourt.
With Rangers not in Europe next season, the results means Motherwell are now just three ahead of Dundee United in the race for the Champions League spot.
It was a good day for Celtic and the fans enjoyed this tonic after last week’s defeat.
And on the face of it, it seems there are more stars emerging from this very good Celtic squad.
The way Watt played today will give all the youngsters around Paradise dreams of bright futures.
Neil Lennon – watching from the stand in the first of his two-game touchline ban – will be a happy man this evening.