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Celtic 2-Zero Motherwell: Supervisor Stephen Robinson displays on

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Celtic 2-Zero Motherwell: Supervisor Stephen Robinson displays on

Highlights: Celtic 2-Zero Motherwell

Motherwell supervisor Stephen Robinson praised his facet’s “terrific season” after they misplaced the Scottish Cup ultimate.

The 2-0 loss to Celtic was their second showpiece defeat by the hands of Brendan Rodgers’ Treble-winners this time period, having misplaced the League Cup ultimate by the identical scoreline in November.

Nicely additionally improved their Premiership place from ninth to seventh, with 14 extra factors than final 12 months.

Robinson stated the intention is to signal the gamers to turn out to be a “top-six facet”.

“We have had a terrific season from the place we have come from,” he stated.

“We solely stayed up final season within the second-last recreation. To be in two cup finals and one level off the highest six – we’re a small membership – and this bunch of gamers have carried out the followers proud.

“We now have to [build on it] and we’ve our eyes on gamers we really feel can flip us right into a top-six facet.”

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After a shiny begin, first-half targets from Callum McGregor – a fantastic half-volley – and Olivier Ntcham, with a low, rasping shot, subdued Motherwell at Hampden Park on Saturday.

Robinson’s males had been extra threatening after the break, with Curtis Foremost drawing a superb save from Craig Gordon and Gael Bigirimana putting the crossbar from a free-kick.

“Congratulations to Celtic, they’re an excellent facet,” stated the 43-year-old Northern Irishman.

“First 20 minutes we sat off them an excessive amount of. We performed with a little bit of worry, which was disappointing – however after that I am unable to fault them.

“Second half, the worry issue disappeared. We created possibilities, hit the crossbar, probably by way of on purpose.

“Enjoying in opposition to an excellent Celtic facet, the distinction in funds is unbelievable. [McGregor] scores the primary purpose and it is a tremendous end, that is the distinction within the sides by way of high quality.

“From there, they’re in management. The efficiency within the second half made me very proud, to go toe-to-toe with Celtic. We possibly remorse the primary 20 minutes.

“[At half-time] we stated, ‘cease taking part in with worry, you are giving them an excessive amount of respect’. We stood off them for the 2 targets… this can be a big studying curve for our gamers.”

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