It is a ‘Korea-Japan trio’ that was not like usual.
Celtic drew 1-1 with Motherwell 메이저놀이터in the 33rd round of the Scottish Premiership in the 2022-23 season held at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland on the 22nd at 11:00 pm (Korean time). With this, the gap between 1st place Celtic (92 points) and 2nd place Rangers (79 points) narrowed to 13 points.
Celtic is spurring to achieve the ‘domestic treble (three domestic crowns)’. With 17 consecutive victories in official games, his confidence seemed to skyrocket. This time, Motherwell, located in the lower half of the league, was called home. Celtic’s superiority was expected in both objective power and recent atmosphere.
Coach Enze Postecoglu brought out a 4-2-3-1 formation. Kyōgo Furuhashi, Daizen Maeda, Matt O’Reilly, and Syd Hakshabanovic formed the attacking line. Here, Tomoki Iwata, Callum McGregor, Cameron Carter-Vickers, and Alistair Johnston also sortied together.
The start was good. In the 24th minute of the first half, McGregor boldly shot from a distance. The ball, which was hit and deflected by the defense, was sucked into the corner of the goal and scored. But the joy was short-lived. In the 10th minute of the second half, Kevin Van Vin equalized in a counterattack situation and balanced it.
Celtic responded by substituting Oh Hyun-gyu, Aaron Mooy, Rocco Batter and David Turnbull, but nothing came of it. In the end, the streak ended with a draw with Motherwell.
The ‘Korean-Japanese trio’ failed to live up to expectations. Furuhashi endured from the front and took several good chances, but none of them were able to finish. Maeda looked for opportunities by digging into the center from the flanks, but was unable to capitalize on the opportunity. Oh Hyun-gyu had a header chance right before the end of the game, but missed the goal. Football statistics media WhoScored.com gave Furuhashi 5.9 points, Maeda 6.3 points, and Oh Hyun-kyu 6.1 points.
Postecoglu said after the game: “It’s a disappointing result. In the first half we scored and we had another chance but we didn’t take it. “He bowed his head. Celtic will play an ‘Old Firm’ derby against Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final on the 30th.