Motherwell goalkeeper Liam Kelly believes Tom Rogic’s class and a David Turnbull ‘wonderstrike’ made the difference during their 2-0 Scottish Premiership defeat to Celtic on Saturday, as he told the Daily Record.
You wait eight months for an away triumph and then two come along at once.
If Celtic’s smash-and-grab success at Aberdeen before the international break was unconvincing, their latest on-the-road win was anything but.
The Hoops epitomised everything good about an Ange Postecoglou team at Fir Park, finally getting the balance right between defence and attack, dominating 74 per cent of the possession while restricting the in-form hosts to the briefest of half chances.
On their day, Celtic have enough individual quality in their ranks to beat any team, to break through even the most stacked of defensive ranks.
The Rogic revival continued at Motherwell, carving Graham Alexander’s defence apart like a plump Christmas turkey to set up Felipe Jota’s opener.
Just to rub salt into Well wounds, it was ‘one of their own’ who finished it off, David Turnbull finding the top corner with one of those dipping, swerving, long-range howitzers he was so famous for at Fir Park.
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“We were playing against a really good team so we knew they would have quality,” admitted Liam Kelly, Motherwell’s one-time Rangers goalkeeper. “They can hurt you – and they did on two occasions.
“It was a good pass from Tom Rogic for the first one and a wonder strike from David for the second. Sometimes you just need to hold your hands up and say you got beat by the better team.
“Me and David joke about it. He’s hit that many shots into me and he’s never scored before! I told him I would let him score one.
“Fair play to him, he’s a top player. It’s a top strike. If I saw it, I could maybe have dived for it. But I don’t think I would have got to it, not even on my best day.”
Turnbull has now scored seven goals this season – two short of his tally from the whole of 2020/21.
“It’s a goal of the highest quality,” added a disappointed Alexander. “Everyone at Motherwell will know that the lad is capable of that.”