Celtic booked a Premier Sports Cup semi-final spot with a convincing 4-0 quarter-final win against Motherwell.
The Hoops had a huge opening in the early exchanges when Kyogo Furuhashi inexplicably fired wide from close range off a Reo Hatate cross, and he missed another opportunity soon after. This one was just as painful as it cracked the bar from 25 yards out and bounced away from the goal line.
Stuart McKinstry should have made him pay with his second Motherwell goals in as many games but he didn't take a touch and blasted well over the bar. Eventually dominance from Ange Postecoglou's team counted with Liel Abada notching a brace, Reo Hatate using dancing feet to score a brilliant solo goal and Kyogo finishing things off. Here is how we rated the Celtic players in North Lanarkshire.
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Benjamin Siegrist - 6
Handed a rare start in the cup. A couple of comfortable saves but flapped at a few crosses. Usual shot-stopping ability there but a tad rusty, as to be expected.
Josip Juranovic - 7
Getting back to his attacking self. Got the better of Matt Penney on a couple of occasions while holding things down defensively too.
Cameron Carter-Vickers - 7
Assigned the task of Motherwell's sole dangerman in Kevin Van Veen and stuck to him superbly. Would have been forgiven if you knew he was playing thanks to Carter-Vickers.
Moritz Jenz - 6
Let Connor Shields tee up McKinstry for a major chance and was lucky to go unpunished. Comfortable evening otherwise.
Greg Taylor - 6
Outside the Shield moment, another comfortable night for Taylor who wasn't really tested at any stage.
Aaron Mooy - 7
Another summer signing who is growing in stature the more minutes he gets out on the park. Passed the ball about really well and always available for a pass.
Matt O'Riley - 7
Played up until the third goal for his team and then rested. Another day, another game of dictating play. Just the norm from the in-demand midfielder.
Reo Hatate - 8
It was in midfield where Celtic really stretched Motherwell and this man was key. Charged about and won plenty of tackles before a moment of brilliance for the goal, shuffling his feet twice to beat two players and lob into the net. Brilliant.
Liel Abada - 8
Another impressive showing from the winger. His first goal was the end product of a brilliant move before he was clinical with the second.
Sead Haksabanovic - 7
Lesser impact than in some games he's played recently but still joined well with Abada for a brilliant opener. That's all that matters in a position like his.
Kyogo Furuhashi - 7
Missed two glaring opportunities inside the six-yard box but then cracked the bar with an outstanding effort from range. Didn't seem to be happening for him but then a confidence-boosting tap-in appeared.
Oliver Abilgaard - 5
Brought on at the hour to get some minutes into the legs. Wasn't required to do an awful lot.
James McCarthy - 4
A similar assignment to his Danish midfield peer above, but with 10 minutes less to work with.
Daizen Maeda - 5
Replaced countryman Hatate and played a part in Kyogo's merited goal.
Giorgos Giakoumakis- 4
A late sub with around 10 minutes left. Showed the depth of this Celtic squad that he was coming on with this game well done.
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