International Soccer - Scotland

Commons carries Celtic past Motherwell

Glasgow, Scotland ( - A pair of first-half goals from Kris Commons propelled Celtic to a comfortable 3-0 win over Motherwell at Parkhead on Saturday, moving the Hoops 13 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premier League.

Commons needed just five minutes to put Celtic into the lead when he pounced on a loose ball and fired it into the empty net after Motherwell goalkeeper Gunnar Nielsen saved a shot from Anthony Stokes.

Stokes had a hand in Celtic's second goal as well when he was brought down inside the penalty area by Nielsen as he attempted to round the goalkeeper.

Commons stepped to the spot and drove a high shot into the net past Nielsen, leaving Motherwell down 2-0 at halftime.

Stokes went close in the 58th with a curling shot that clipped the top of the crossbar, but the lead was stretched to 3-0 10 minutes later when Motherwell captain Stephen McManus redirected a cross from James Forrest into his own net for an own goal.

The result extends Celtic's unbeaten run in league play to 21 games, while Motherwell remains in third place, one point back of Aberdeen, which failed to extend that lead with a 1-0 defeat at home against Inverness to a first-half goal from Danny Williams.

James Collins scored twice in the second half for Hibernian but it wasn't enough to overcome a three-goal deficit at halftime against St Mirren, which held on for a 3-2 victory.

Robbie Muirhead's goal in stoppage time helped Kilmarnock earn a 1-1 draw at Partick Thistle, Ross County topped Dundee United, 3-0, with two goals from Filip Kiss, while Hearts scored twice in the final two minutes to salvage a 3-3 draw at St Johnstone.

01/18 12:39:08 ET