Ange delighted with Celtic's domestic form

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has praised his players for maintaining their winning domestic form through their hectic schedule despite not being completely satisfied with their Fir Park performance.

The Premiership leaders failed to build on Kyogo Furuhashi's early goal and Motherwell caused them problems before Daizen Maeda netted on an 84th-minute counter-attack to ultimately earn a 2-1 win.

Celtic have now won eight domestic games since running out against Motherwell on October 1 in a schedule that has also seen them play four times in the Champions League.

Postecoglou said: "It was a bit of a grind. We never really got into a rhythm.

"When we play well, we move the ball quickly and find simple solutions. I thought we tried to be too cute and not play the obvious pass and trying to break through a little bit more direct.

"But away from home is not easy and to get another win is good. The fact we found a way again is credit to the lads.

"I don't like to grind, mate, I prefer we play well, but you know over a course of a season that's impossible.

"We have got to finish strong on Saturday (against Ross County) but we have had perfect league form in such fixture congestion.

"There wouldn't be many teams in Europe that have gone through that period and had that level of results."

Motherwell quickly pulled a goal back through Ross Tierney following Maeda's strike to leave manager Steven Hammell aggrieved at the manner of what proved to be the winner.

Motherwell left-back Matt Penney's throw-in ultimately landed at the feet of David Turnbull, who found Maeda with a ball over the top, but the hosts wanted Willie Collum to look at the role of Celtic winger Sead Haksabanovic, who was told to go back off the field even after the goal following treatment.

"Matt took it quickly and the Celtic player stopped it from off the pitch," Hammell said. "That was the frustration. Essentially the Celtic player has headed the ball on to the pitch.

"It's not an excuse but we were wanting them to look at it. I don't even know if they did, it was just dismissed quickly.

"Ultimately it was a chance to go on the attack and the Celtic player dismissed that at source and they go up the park and score. We would have liked them to have at least had a look at it."