CELTIC moved 10 points clear at the top of the Premiership after their goalless draw against 10-man Motherwell this afternoon.

But Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers was left bemoaning his team’s lack of cutting edge at Fir Park.

The champions dominated for huge chunks of the contest, but just could not get the ball beyond their January transfer target Trevor Carson.

Well defender Cedric Kipre was sent off just before half-time following an off-the-ball incident with Scott Brown, but the visitors still couldn’t find a way through.

Substitute Scott Sinclair, who came on for Odsonne Edouard on the hour mark, missed their best chance just two minutes from time when he went clean through, drew the keeper and then saw his effort blocked by Richard Tait.

COMEBACK BHOY…Patrick Roberts returned to action for the first
time since being injured in November.

The visitors were out of luck, too, when an 82nd-minute effort from Patrick Roberts, on for James Forrest, clipped the top of the crossbar with Carson helpless.

Rodgers, though, said his men were going into the international break in great shape.

He said: “You have to respect that the game changes when they go to 10 men.

“I was pleased with the approach, but we needed to be more incisive in the final third.

“It was a difficult day with the wind and the pitch, but we got a point and that puts us 10 clear with eight games to play.

“We’re in a great position when we come back from the international break.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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