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SCOTT BAIN will be looking for his FOURTEENTH successive domestic clean sheet when Celtic take on Motherwell at Parkhead tomorrow afternoon.

The champions will also be looking to maintain their 100 per cent record in the Premiership and Scottish Cup when the Fir Park outfit visit.

In 2019, Brendan Rodgers’ men have swept all before them, winning eight encounters and thumping in 22 goals along the way.

The teams last met in the east end of Glasgow in December when comeback Bhoy Anthony Ralston, making his first appearance in almost a year, scored the opening goal and Mikey Johnston claimed his debut strike for the club with the second. Scott Sinclair added No.3 from the penalty spot.

It made up for the disappointment of a 1-1 away draw with Stephen Robinson’s side four games earlier when they netted a last-gasp leveller after referee Kevin Clancy had ruled out a perfectly good “goal” from Filip Benkovic which would have made it 2-0.

GOAL…Ryan Christie fires Celtic ahead at Fir Park in December.

NO GOAL…Filip Benkovic sweeps in a good effort, but the ref ruled it out.

Ryan Christie clipped in the Hoops that evening in Lanarkshire where Leigh Griffiths also squandered a penalty-kick.

Boss Rodgers admitted his side will face a tough challenge against a team that is in form.

He said: “They’ve had an excellent run and it’s coincided with some young players who are playing with no fear. As always, we respect that.

“Every game against Motherwell is a tough game. It looks like they’ve changed the dynamic of their team. They’ve played a 4-3-3 a lot over the last couple of years.

“Stephen has worked with a back five, so it looks as if there’s a different dynamic in their team now.

“We have to be aware of their threat, particularly with the young boy Hastie on the right who has come in and scored some goals. We have to be fully concentrated.”

* Rodgers was speaking to this week’s Celtic View, on sale now.

 
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