Kyogo scores v Motherwell
Kyogo Furuhashi drilled low past Motherwell keeper Liam Kelly to start the scoring at Celtic Park

Celtic celebrated receiving the Scottish Premiership trophy by ending their season with a scintillating six-goal victory against Motherwell.

After 20 minutes of probing the away defence, Kyogo Furuhashi fired in the opener before guiding in a fine finish on the volley either side of David Turnbull’s drilled effort.

Jota slotted in a fourth, with Giorgos Giakoumakis’ brace from the bench sealing an emphatic final-day win, ensuring Celtic end the league campaign with a 32-game unbeaten streak.

Ange Postecoglou’s men last tasted Premiership defeat at Livingston in September.

The loss drops Motherwell, who secured European football with victory over Hearts on Wednesday, to fifth after Dundee United came from behind to win at Ross County.

That means Graham Alexander’s side will enter the Europa Conference League at the second round of qualifying, while Celtic will start their European campaign next term in the Champions League group stage.

Even with the league done and dusted, Postecoglou called for his players to put on a show worthy of their champion status, and his side looked to crank up the party atmosphere early against a packed Motherwell defence.

For the first 20 minutes, the visiting backline dug deep and dealt with everything thrown their way as the hosts probed relentlessly.

But after Victor Nirennhold – making his first start for the away side – made a mess of clearing a corner, the ball was picked up by Kyogo, who rifled low past Liam Kelly at his near post to break the deadlock.

Tom Rogic, making his final Celtic appearance, was treated to a standing ovation on the 18th minute by the home crowd, and the Australian almost had them on their feet again moments later when he struck the right-hand post.

It was instead fellow midfielder Turnbull who doubled the advantage when he sold his marker a dummy before charging into the box to drill into the bottom-left corner against his former club.

And four minutes later it was three when Anthony Ralston’s inch-perfect ball over Jake Carroll was met by Kyogo, who guided in a delightful finish across Kelly on the volley.

Motherwell were camped in their half for the most part but did come close in the first half through Bevis Mugabi, Callum Slattery and Dean Cornelius.

Aside from that, it was their defence who were doing all the work as Jota buried a fourth after Daizen Maeda’s heavy touch found the winger, who appeared to be half a yard offside.

There was a break in Celtic’s unforgiving attacking play when Rogic’s substitution on the hour left the Australian overwhelmed with emotion as he left the pitch.

Substitute Nir Bitton, also playing his last game for the club, was just as inconsolable when entering the field for the last time.

Four goals weren’t enough for Postecoglou’s free-flowing side, though, who added a fifth and sixth through Giakoumakis.

The Greek striker, whose two goals look set to see him finish as the league’s joint-top scorer, was allowed to finish acrobatically all too easily, before bundling in to complete a brace in injury time, sealing a dazzling season-ending victory.

Man of the match – Kyogo Furuhashi

Kyogo Furuhashi
The Japan forward’s movement was sensational throughout and took both goals superbly

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Celtic

Starting XI

  1. Squad number15Player nameHart

    Average rating

    7.48

  2. Squad number56Player nameRalston

    Average rating

    7.92

  3. Squad number20Player nameCarter-Vickers

    Average rating

    7.91

  4. Squad number4Player nameStarfelt

    Average rating

    7.61

  5. Squad number3Player nameTaylor

    Average rating

    7.73

  6. Squad number18Player nameRogic

    Average rating

    9.02

  7. Squad number42Player nameMcGregor

    Average rating

    8.17

  8. Squad number14Player nameTurnbull

    Average rating

    7.97

  9. Squad number17Player nameJota

    Average rating

    8.30

  10. Squad number8Player nameFuruhashi

    Average rating

    8.49

  11. Squad number38Player nameMaeda

    Average rating

    8.24

Substitutes

  1. Squad number6Player nameBitton

    Average rating

    7.73

  2. Squad number7Player nameGiakoumakis

    Average rating

    8.22

  3. Squad number16Player nameMcCarthy

    Average rating

    7.28

  4. Squad number21Player nameIdeguchi

    Average rating

    7.57

  5. Squad number57Player nameWelsh

    Average rating

    7.43

Motherwell

Starting XI

  1. Squad number1Player nameKelly

    Average rating

    4.72

  2. Squad number5Player nameMugabi

    Average rating

    5.41

  3. Squad number4Player nameLamie

    Average rating

    5.25

  4. Squad number3Player nameCarroll

    Average rating

    4.88

  5. Squad number32Player nameNirennold

    Average rating

    4.98

  6. Squad number18Player nameCornelius

    Average rating

    5.14

  7. Squad number27Player nameGoss

    Average rating

    4.95

  8. Squad number2Player nameO’Donnell

    Average rating

    5.42

  9. Squad number16Player nameSlattery

    Average rating

    5.08

  10. Squad number29Player nameShields

    Average rating

    5.30

  11. Squad number20Player nameEfford

    Average rating

    4.90

Substitutes

  1. Squad number8Player nameO’Hara

    Average rating

    5.02

  2. Squad number9Player namevan Veen

    Average rating

    4.67

  3. Squad number22Player nameDonnelly

    Average rating

    4.73

  4. Squad number26Player nameTierney

    Average rating

    4.89

Line-ups

Celtic

Formation 4-3-3

  • 15Hart
  • 56Ralston
  • 20Carter-Vickers
  • 4Starfelt
  • 3Taylor

    Substituted forWelshat 63′minutes

  • 18Rogic

    Substituted forMcCarthyat 62′minutes

  • 42McGregor

    Substituted forBittonat 85′minutes

  • 14Turnbull

    Substituted forIdeguchiat 62′minutes

  • 17Neves Filipe
  • 8Furuhashi

    Substituted forGiakoumakisat 62′minutes

  • 38Maeda

Substitutes

  • 6Bitton
  • 7Giakoumakis
  • 11Abada
  • 16McCarthy
  • 21Ideguchi
  • 29Bain
  • 33O’Riley
  • 49Forrest
  • 57Welsh

Motherwell

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Kelly
  • 5Mugabi

    Substituted forTierneyat 63′minutes

  • 4LamieBooked at 76mins
  • 3Carroll
  • 32Nirennold

    Substituted forDonnellyat 63′minutes

  • 18Cornelius
  • 27Goss

    Substituted forvan Veenat 45′minutes

  • 2O’Donnell
  • 16Slattery
  • 29Shields

    Substituted forO’Haraat 77′minutes

  • 20Efford

Substitutes

  • 7Woolery
  • 8O’Hara
  • 9van Veen
  • 14Ojala
  • 22Donnelly
  • 26Tierney
  • 30Campbell
  • 41Connolly
  • 45Mahon
Referee:
Alan Muir

Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, Celtic 6, Motherwell 0.

  2. Second Half ends, Celtic 6, Motherwell 0.

  3. Goal! Celtic 6, Motherwell 0. Giorgos Giakoumakis (Celtic) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Daizen Maeda with a headed pass.

  4. Jota (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Foul by Jake Carroll (Motherwell).

  6. Foul by Carl Starfelt (Celtic).

  7. Joseph Efford (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Liam Kelly.

  9. Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Liam Donnelly.

  10. Substitution, Celtic. Nir Bitton replaces Callum McGregor.

  11. Jota (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Foul by Callum Slattery (Motherwell).

  13. Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Jake Carroll.

  14. Attempt blocked. James McCarthy (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  15. Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Stephen O’Donnell.

  16. Foul by Giorgos Giakoumakis (Celtic).

  17. Ricki Lamie (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Substitution, Motherwell. Mark O’Hara replaces Connor Shields.

  19. Ricki Lamie (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Jota (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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