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Elyounoussi Responds To Phone Controversy With Motherwell Hat-Trick

Elyounoussi Responds To Phone Controversy With Motherwell Hat-Trick

Not a bad way to respond to the recent controversy.

Celtic have ended a difficult week on a high, securing a 4-1 victory over Motherwell at Fir Park. The first three goals from Mohamed Elyounoussi, the player who was heavily criticised for his actions in midweek.

Neil Lennon's side saw their Europa League campaign all but ended with a 4-1 defeat to Sparta Prague in midweek, with Elyounoussi causing a storm when he was caught using his phone whilst sitting on the bench.

With Shane Duffy dropping out of the starting XI, Elyounoussi would open the scoring inside the first ten minutes. The Norway international reacted quickest to Albian Ajeti's rebounded effort, tucking home from close range.

He would have a second before the half hour mark.

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Tom Rogic was the provider, showing some tidy feet in the box before his pullback picked out the 26-year old.

Motherwell really should have been reduced to ten men early in the second half, but Devante Cole somehow got away with this challenge on Jeremie Frimpong.

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Declan Gallagher got Motherwell back into the game with a second half header, but Elyounoussi's third sealed the victory for Celtic.

He climbed highest at the far post to meet Hatem Abd Elhamed's cross, producing a powerful header into the bottom corner.

A fourth goal from Olivier Nchtam late on put the icing on the cake, with Celtic now sitting six points behind Rangers having played a game less.

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Gary Connaughton

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