Saturday January 14, 2012 Day 23 Finished Celtic Park

Celtic 2 - 1 Dundee United

  • Hooper 12’
  • Wanyama 16’
  • Rankin 50’

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  1. Celtic return to SPL summit

    Celtic return to SPL summit

    Celtic went two points clear of Rangers again at the top of the Scottish Premier League with a nervy 2-1 win over Dundee United at Parkhead. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Celtic
    • Dundee United
    • 90' It is all over, and Celtic have returned to the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League after a 2-1 win over Dundee United at Parkhead on Saturday. Celtic seemed to be cruising with goals from Gary Hooper and Victor Wanyama in the first 16 minutes, but Dundee United pulled one back through John Rankin five minutes into the second half.
    • 79' Barry Douglas making a few chances for Peter Houston's men. First a cross cleared by Rogne, then a corner to the near post, dealt with by Sung-Yeung Ki.
    • 77' Celtic's Kris Commons coming on for Emilio Izaguirre. Danny Swanson comes on in place of Gary Mackay-Steven for the visitors.
    • 76' Sung-Yeung Ki comes on in place of Anthony Stokes for Celtic on 64 minutes.
    • You have not missed any goals, but a couple of substitutions. Barry Douglas replaces Paul Dixon for Dundee United on 63 minutes.
    • 74' Apologies for the absence. Connection problems that I am blaming everyone else for.
    • 55' Dundee United definitely believe that they can get something out of this game now. Izaguirre is forced into a clearance from Daly's cross.
    • 52' Willo Flood is no longer on the pitch for Dundee United, replaced at half-time by Stuart Armstrong.
    • 50' It is a goal for Dundee United, and it is John Rankin who has scored it with a spectacular effortfrom 30 yards that clipped the post on the way in.
    • 48' Snapshot by Samaras goes over, but the Greece international does look up for this this afternoon.
    • 46' We are off again at Celtic Park.
    • 45' No injury-time at all at Celtic Park. Celtic go into the break 2-0 up, and well worth the lead.
    • 45' Stokes forces a good sharp save from Pernis from the right channel, after being found by Brown.
    • 44' From the corner, Celtic's fifth of the half, Stokes heads wide from Mulgrew's inswinger.
    • 43' Samaras cross to the far post is hooked back by Hooper, but Stokes cannot get to the ball and it is a corner.
    • 42' Lennon will be unhappy with the ease that Dundee United made that chance. Celtic have been dominant, but it could have been 2-1.
    • 41' Daly fizzes a shot just wide of Forster's post, after good work initially by Rankin and Mackay-Steven. It was a good move, built from the back.
    • 39' Adam Matthews clears a Rankin cross, as the visitors look to nick a goal before the break.
    • 37' Stokes with a free-kick, perhaps it will be third time lucky for the Ireland striker. John Rankin gets a yellow card for encroachment, but Stokes balloons it high over the bar.
    • 33' Dundee United attempt a long free-kick into the box, but Forster claims the ball easily.
    • 30' Wanyama makes a robust challenge to end a Dundee United attack at source. You can see why he is so highly rated at Celtic Park.
    • 27' The game is starting to calm down a bit now, but Scott Brown has also been impressive so far this afternoon. He brings a poise to the Celtic midfield.
    • 26' Dundee United have a fifth corner, but Daly is penalised for a foul at the far post.
    • 23' The commentary team are talking about Celtic's 9-0 win over Aberdeen in November 2010, and how this game could end up with a similar scoreline. A bit far-fetched, but Celtic are playing very well.
    • 21' The Terrors have every player in their own half, as Mulgrew tries to start a new attack.
    • 20' Dundee United must be wondering how they are two goals down after twenty minutes, as they have had plenty of possession and have looked dangerous at times.
    • 17' Celtic go 2-0 up, through Victor Wanyama. A fine header from the youngster, after Izaguirre's cross from a short corner. But Lennon picks out Georgios Samaras for praise, as it was the Greek's hard work that won the corner in the first place.
    • 14' A fourth corner for Dundee United, this time Mulgrew clears with his head.
    • 12' But Hooper scores this time. Anthony Stokes sets up is strike partner twenty yards out, and he opens his body and slams the ball past Dusan Pernis. 1-0 to Celtic. It is his seventh goal against Dundee United in his Celtic career, and his 16th of the season.
    • 12' Hooper tries to flick up the ball outside the area, but loses control of the ball.
    • 11' Dundee United are looking sharp enough in the early stages. Gary Mackay-Steven found some space for himself twenty-five yards out, only to be crowded out by Celtic defenders.
    • 10' Willo Flood blocks an Emilio Izaguirre cross down the left, as Celtic break quickly.
    • 9' Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Foster saves from Daly, and it is a succession of corners for the visitors. Thomas Rogne clears the third corner.
    • 6' Charlie Mulgrew with a chance of a free-kick, looking for his 15th goal of the season, but it come to nothing.
    • '4 High defensive line from the away side, Jon Daly pushing forward on the Celtic backline.
    • 15:00 Dundee United kick off at Celtic Park.
    • 14:47 After Rangers returned to the top of the SPL with a 2-1 win at St Johnstone, Lennon complained to the BBC that their Old Firm rivals seem consistently to play the first game of the weekend, and called it "an imbalance". However, Celtic have played many games this season on a Sunday because of Europa League matches on Thursday.
    • 14:44 CELTIC: Forster, Matthews, Rogne, Mulgrew, Izaguirre, Brown, Wanyama, Ledley, Samaras, Hooper, Stokes...Subs: Zaluska, Cha, Commons, K Wilson, Keatings, Ki, McCourt.///DUNDEE UNITED: Pernis, Dillon, Dixon, Kenneth, Neilson, Rankin, Flood, Robertson, Mackay-Steven, Daly, Russell...Subs: Banks, Ryan, Swanson, Douglas, Armstrong, Dalla Valle, Dow.
    • 14:42 Celtic manager Neil Lennon has told BBC Scotland's Sportsound that Hooper is going nowhere. "We don't want to sell our best players," he said.
    • 14:39 Robbie Neilson is available again for Dundee United, after missing last week's 6-2 William Hill Scottish Cup win at Airdrie, and comes in for Stuart Armstrong.
    • 14:28 Gary Hooper returns for Celtic's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Dundee United at Parkhead on Saturday. Celtic turned down a bid from Championship side Southampton for Hooper during the week, and manager Neil Lennon has selected the striker after his recovery from a groin problem. Midfielder Kris Commons is fit again following a thigh injury and takes his place on the bench.
  • Summary

    • 50' It is a goal for Dundee United, and it is John Rankin who has scored it with a spectacular effortfrom 30 yards that clipped the post on the way in.
    • 17' Celtic go 2-0 up, through Victor Wanyama. A fine header from the youngster, after Izaguirre's cross from a short corner. But Lennon picks out Georgios Samaras for praise, as it was the Greek's hard work that won the corner in the first place.
    • 12' But Hooper scores this time. Anthony Stokes sets up is strike partner twenty yards out, and he opens his body and slams the ball past Dusan Pernis. 1-0 to Celtic. It is his seventh goal against Dundee United in his Celtic career, and his 16th of the season.
    • 14:44 CELTIC: Forster, Matthews, Rogne, Mulgrew, Izaguirre, Brown, Wanyama, Ledley, Samaras, Hooper, Stokes...Subs: Zaluska, Cha, Commons, K Wilson, Keatings, Ki, McCourt.///DUNDEE UNITED: Pernis, Dillon, Dixon, Kenneth, Neilson, Rankin, Flood, Robertson, Mackay-Steven, Daly, Russell...Subs: Banks, Ryan, Swanson, Douglas, Armstrong, Dalla Valle, Dow.

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