Fraser plays a big hand after being put on spot

FORSTER (7) Pulled off a terrific penalty save from Tom Hateley and was a huge factor in helping Celtic get 2013 off to a winning start.

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Fraser Forster saved a penalty and was outstanding
Fraser Forster saved a penalty and was outstanding

MATTHEWS (7) Didn't get forward as often as he would have liked, but the defensive side of his game was pretty much flawless.

AMBROSE (7) Will be a big miss when he goes to the Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria. Defends well and comfortable enough in possession to start moves from the back.

WILSON (7) Brought Jamie Murphy down, which led to Motherwell being awarded a penalty, but defended well enough apart from that.

IZAGUIRRE (6) Had his hands full with the pace of Chris Humphrey, but did a reasonable enough job.

KAYAL (7) Has forced his way back into the starting XI with a string of impressive performances and he merited pass marks again with a decent display.

WANYAMA (7) His physical presence is crucial. It's imperative Celtic keep him beyond this month.

MULGREW (7) Deployed in the middle of the park and looked comfortable. His delivery was up to its usual high standards.

COMMONS (7) Could have netted a handful of goals as he was always at the centre of his side's attacking moves and contributed well.

SAMARAS (7) Made a great start to the game when he was turning young Fraser Kerr inside-out but lost his way. However, when it mattered, he picked Gary Hooper out for the winning goal.

HOOPER (7) Netted the only goal of a game with a close-range finish. As speculation over his future continues, it is vital manager Neil Lennon retains his most clinical striker for the second half of the season.

SUBS: WATT (4) Never shy to have an attempt at goal and had a couple of efforts immediately after climbing off the bench, but his shots were weak.

ROGNE (3) Took over from Ambrose and managed to catch up with the pace of the game from the off.

McGEOUCH (3) Came on to operate wide on the right and played some nice passes.

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