Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson pays tribute to 'top class' Celtic

Motherewell manager Stephen Robinson looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Motherwell at Ibrox Stadium on November 11, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Odsonne Edouard and a Richard Tait own-goal saw Celtic beat Motherwell 2-0 in Sunday's Scottish Premiership clash at Parkhead.

Motherewell manager Stephen Robinson looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Motherwell at Ibrox Stadium on November 11, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson has admitted that his side were simply undone by the quality of a ‘top class’ Celtic side on Sunday, speaking to the Daily Record, while highlighting Odsonne Edouard’s clinical finish as an example of the gulf between the two teams.

The Hoops were forced to wash down a healthy portion of caviar with a bowl of bread and butter as they welcomed Motherwell to Glasgow, three days after that famous Europa League win away at Lazio.

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But Neil Lennon’s side still had plenty of appetite for goals as they ripped into the visitor’s back line again and again. The game finished 2-0, Edouard firing home the opener before Richard Tait slashed a teasing Jonny Hayes cross into his own net, but it easily could have been four or five if it wasn’t for an inspired display from ‘Well goalkeeper Mark Gillespie.

 

Scotland international Decan Gallagher has had a fine season but it was his attempted clearance which inadvertently set up Edouard’s opener, a crucial moment which ended Motherwell’s brave resistance and Robinson was left to rue the error.

“We got punished, Declan Gallagher intercept the ball and Edouard puts it in the top corner, that’s the level you’re up against,” said a manager linked with the vacant Northern Ireland job.

Odsonne Edouard of Celtic celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the UEFA Europa League group E match between Celtic FC and CFR Cluj at Celtic Park on October 03, 2019 in...

“There was a lot of positives for us, we were very organised and the boys carried it out to the letter.

“Could we have held more of a threat in the final third? Yeah, but they wear you down. You don’t beat Lazio if you’re not a top-class side.”

Celtic have got better and better in recent weeks with the likes of Olivier Ntcham and Hayes coming into the team and making a real difference, while highlighting the fearsome depth that Lennon has at his disposal.

Neil Lennon manager of Celtic celebrates with Olivier Ntcham of Celtic at the end of the UEFA Europa League group stage match between Lazio and Celtic at Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy.

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