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Watch as Idah and Rodgers celebrate Celtic’s vital late victory

Adam Idah once again was the Celtic hero as the hoops came from behind to win 3-1 away to Motherwell.

For the second time this month the on loan Norwich City striker came up with the goods to keep Celtic scrapping in the race for the SPFL Premiership title race.

Idah spent the first half on the bench watching a pitiful Celtic performance where virtually nothing went right.

On the back of another week on the training ground reported as positive by Brendan Rodgers the visitors turned in an insipid 45 minutes on a par with their second half collapse at home to Kilmarnock eight days earlier.

Nothing really worked with a warning in the first five minutes when Theo Bair netted only for his effort to be disallowed for a marginal offside call.

Celtic never really took heed of that, the first half was 50-50 but the home side looked more purposeful throughout with Blair Spittal curling in a 43rd minute opener after Lennon Miller had opened up the Celtic defence.

There was an ominous feeling as Celtic went off at half time, they had looked ordinary, unengaged and virtually uninterested with the home fans in full voice, sensing the rare chance of a win against the current champions.

Idah for Kyogo Furuhashi was the only half time change, in truth any one of half a dozen outfield players could have been replaced, fortunately the Norwich striker took just five minutes to influence the match, heading powerfully home from a well placed and powerful Greg Taylor cross.

The fans behind the goal greeted that header finding the net with a massive roar, for weeks or months they have been wanting to see their side showing the concern and commitment that they demonstrate every week of the season.

Motherwell battled back but midway through the second half Celtic took a real grip, forcing the play and finally getting some joy down the wings, it was almost like last season as the cut-backs and crosses flew across the goal mouth.

Unfortunately two of those chances fell to Daizen Maeda, unforgivably he failed to find the target with either effort, after 84 minutes he made way for Luis Palma.

The match reached the 90th minute but there was a double dose of drama in the six minutes of added time.

Firstly Yang Hyun-jun released Alistair Johnston into space, his quick cross was anticipated by Idah whose low shot was in the net before Liam Kelly could react.

Once those celebrations had died down a little Palma was sliding home Celtic’s third from close range, confirmed after a VAR check to put a late late equaliser beyond Motherwell.

Idah has scored four priceless goals since his Deadline Day arrival from Norwich, today could be a turning point for Celtic but there are challenges coming up quickly against Dundee and Hearts but today there were signs of life again as Idah and then Rodgers took the acclaim of the supporters.

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25th February 2024; Fir Park, Motherwell, Scotland; Scottish Premiership Football, Motherwell versus Celtic;
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