Celtic celebrated winning the Scottish Premiership Trophy by closing the season with six goals against Motherwell.
After examining the away defense for 20 minutes, Kyogo Furuhashi scored the first goal, leading to a great finish on both volleys of David Turnbull’s drilling effort.
Jota scored his fourth goal alongside Giorgos Giakoumakis’ bench and secured a clear final day win to end the league campaign with Celtic’s 32-game unbeaten streak.
Ange Postecoglou’s men suffered a Premier League loss at Livingston last September.
Motherwell, who beat Hart to secure European football on Wednesday, fell to fifth place as Dundee United took a comeback win in Ross County.
This means Graham Alexander’s team will advance to the Europa Conference League in the second qualifying round and Celtic will begin their next term in the Champions League group stage.
Even in the dusty conditions at the end of the league, Postecoglou asked his players to put on a show worthy of championship status and saw his team buoy the party mood early against the tight Motherwell defense.
During the first 20 minutes, the visiting backline dug deep, handling everything the hosts threw during their relentless investigation.
However, Kyogo caught the ball after first starter Victor Nirennhold from the away team messed up blocking a corner.
Making his final Celtic appearance, Tom Rogic received a standing ovation from the home crowd in the 18th minute, and the Australian almost got another standing ovation shortly afterward when he hit the right post.
Instead, he doubled his advantage when fellow midfielder Turnbull sold his dummy marker before rushing into the box to break through the lower left corner against the previous club.
And four minutes later, when Kyogo met the perfect ball that Anthony Ralston had over Jake Carroll, Kyogo led across Kelly on volley to a delightful finish.
Motherwell camped mostly on their harp but got close in the first half with Bevis Mugabi, Callum Slattery and Dean Cornelius.
Aside from that, it was their defense that was doing everything Jota was doing during his fourth store after Daizen Maeda’s heavy touch found the winger looking half-yard offside.
Celtic’s unforgivable offensive play came to a halt when Rogic’s replacement in time was emotionally overwhelmed as the Aussies left the pitch.
Substitute Nir Bitton, who played his last game for the club, was just as comforting as his last entry on the field.
But four goals weren’t enough for Postecoglou’s free-spirited team, who added 5th and 6th through Giakoumakis.
The Greek striker, who looks set to become the league’s joint top scorer with two goals, finished the stunts too easily, but joined in time for injury to complete a brilliant season-winning victory.
Man of the Match – Kyogo Furuhashi
What did we learn?
So what about Celtic now? The wheels appear to be moving on the club’s summer business side as longtime servants Rogic and Bitton leave after finishing their decoration orders.
With the lucrative finances the Champions League will bring, securing the permanent service of Benfica loan Jota and Tottenham Hotspur’s Cameron Carter-Vickers should be a priority.
Throughout Postecoglou’s managerial career, his second season was always the most successful. It will be interesting to see what the Australians have achieved after a massive rebuild and just how much Celtic can develop in the coming semester without their own coaching staff.
So, with just three wins in 2022, Motherwell will finish the season in fifth place and look forward to European football.
It’s been a weird old season, but would anyone in the Motherwell dressing room or a stand in Fur Park be interested in how he accomplished it with a trip abroad? Probably not.
However, not trying to color the successful season pessimistically, Alexander must make sure their 2022 form doesn’t affect their next campaign.
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End of match, Celtic 6, Motherwell 0.
2nd Half End, Celtic 6, Motherwell 0
target! Celtic 6, Motherwell 0. Attempted left footed shot from the bottom left corner by Giorgos Giakoumakis (Celtic) from very close range. Heading Pass!! Maeda Daizen!!
Jota (Celtic) takes the free-kick from the defence.
Foul by Jake Carroll (Motherwell).
Foul by Karl Stafeld (Celtic).
Joseph Efford(Motherwell) takes the free kick from the attacking half.
Corner, Celtic. Liam Kelly crosses the goal line.
Corner, Celtic. Liam Donnelly crosses the goal line.
Replacement, Celtic. Callum McGregor is replaced by Nir Beaton.
Jota(Celtic) takes the free kick from the right wing.
Foul by Callum Slattery (Motherwell).
Corner, Celtic. Jake Carroll scores a goal and crosses the goal line.
The attempt was blocked. Attempt blocked. James McCarthy(Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Celtic. Stephen O’Donnell crosses the goal line.
Foul by Giorgos Giakoumakis (Celtic).
Ricki Lamie(Motherwell) takes the free kick from the defense.
Replacement, Motherwell. Mark O’Hara is replacing Connor Shields.
Ricki Lamie (Motherwell) is cautioned by the referee.
Jota (Celtic) takes the free-kick from the defence.