Sunday 11 December 2016

Dembele and Rogic on the double as Celtic run riot

Celtic 5-0 Motherwell

Nigel Whittaker

Published 11/08/2016 | 02:30

Celtic's Moussa Dembele scores his side's second goal of the game. Photo: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire
Celtic's Moussa Dembele scores his side's second goal of the game. Photo: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

Moussa Dembele and Tom Rogic each scored twice as Celtic cruised into the quarter-finals of the Betfred Cup by thrashing Motherwell at Parkhead.

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Brendan Rodgers' side hit top form, with midfielder Rogic, who signed a new three-year deal on Tuesday, scoring with a drive in the 20th minute, before the French striker doubled the home side's lead from the spot 13 minutes later.

Celtic's Scott Brown shares a joke with manager Brendan Rodgers. Photo: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire
Celtic's Scott Brown shares a joke with manager Brendan Rodgers. Photo: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

The Hoops rampaged for most of the second half and in the 61st minute new signing Scott Sinclair, who scored a debut winner off the bench against Hearts last Sunday, grabbed another goal on his first start.

Dembele notched his second with a drive through a ruck of players and all-action Rogic made it five from close range in 76 minutes as Motherwell toiled.

The Steelmen were demolished 7-0 on their last visit to the east end of Glasgow on the final day of last season and that scoreline could easily have been repeated had it not been for some poor finishing and good goalkeeping from Craig Samson.

Boost

Celtic's Scott Sinclair celebrates scoring his side's third goal. Photo: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire
Celtic's Scott Sinclair celebrates scoring his side's third goal. Photo: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

Celtic got another boost yesterday when it was confirmed that James Forrest has signed a new three-year contract.

The Scotland international appeared to be in his final few months at Parkhead after previous manager Ronny Deila revealed he had rejected a new contract towards the end of last season, but he has looked rejuvenated in recent games under Brendan Rodgers.

Forrest, whose previous contract was due to expire at the end of December, told the club's official website: "From day one it's been really positive and the manager's had a good impact on all the boys and I think it's shown in a lot of our good performances so far. Hopefully, as time goes on, we kick on and do even better.

"I had a chat with the manager in the off-season and as soon as we came back in pre-season, and he just said, 'show me what you've got'. I made it clear that I wanted to stay here and I'm just glad it's done now and I can focus on playing.

Celtic's Saidy Janko and Motherwell's Marvin Johnson battle for the ball. Photo: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire
Celtic's Saidy Janko and Motherwell's Marvin Johnson battle for the ball. Photo: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

"I've been here since I've been nine. It's all I know and it's a massive club - one of the biggest in the world - so I'm just delighted to sign here again."

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Forrest broke the 30-game barrier for the first time in four years last season after Deila and his sports science staff worked hard to get the player consistently fit after a series of muscle injuries hindered his progress, but he became a more peripheral figure as the campaign drew to a close.

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