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Corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line.
Dylan McGeough takes a shot. Blocked by Mitchel Megginson.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew played to the near post, Gavin Rae manages to make a clearance.
Victor Wanyama takes a shot. Blocked by Gavin Rae.
Corner taken right-footed by Mitchel Megginson from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Charlie Mulgrew.
Mitchel Megginson produces a cross, blocked by Dylan McGeough.
Charlie Mulgrew produces a cross, save made by Jason Brown.
Charlie Mulgrew sends in a cross, Andrew Considine manages to make a clearance.
Ryan Jack concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Stokes. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick.
Scott Vernon takes a shot. Comfortable save by Fraser Forster.
Victor Wanyama challenges Scott Vernon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Andrew Considine.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Victor Wanyama by Peter Pawlett. Victor Wanyama takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Victor Wanyama by Youl Mawene results in a free kick. Youl Mawene receives a yellow card. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew, clearance made by Ryan Jack.
Rory McArdle sends in a cross.
Youl Mawene comes on in place of Rory Fallon.
The ball is swung over by Du-Ri Cha, Gary Hooper takes a shot. Save made by Jason Brown.
The ball is sent over by Rory McArdle, save by Fraser Forster.
Anthony Stokes crosses the ball, Jason Brown makes a save.
The ball is delivered by James Forrest.
Victor Wanyama concedes a free kick for a foul on Rory Fallon. Free kick crossed right-footed by Kari Arnason, Fraser Forster makes a save.
Peter Pawlett joins the action as a substitute, replacing Fraser Fyvie.
Shot from just outside the area by James Forrest misses to the left of the target.
Rory McArdle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dylan McGeough. Du-Ri Cha takes the direct free kick.
Du-Ri Cha is brought on as a substitute for Mikael Lustig.
Scott Vernon produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Kris Commons goes off and Dylan McGeough comes on.
Victor Wanyama fouled by Rory Fallon, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Thomas Rogne.
Mitchel Megginson produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
Mitchel Megginson challenges Mikael Lustig unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mikael Lustig, Andrew Considine makes a clearance.
Gary Hooper is ruled offside. Jason Brown takes the free kick.
Rory Fallon concedes a free kick for a foul on Thomas Rogne. Thomas Rogne takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Mitchel Megginson by Mikael Lustig results in a free kick. Andrew Considine takes the direct free kick. The referee shows Mikael Lustig a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew, save made by Jason Brown.
Victor Wanyama comes on in place of Andre Blackman. Charlie Mulgrew takes the inswinging corner, Rory McArdle manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Mitchel Megginson on Kris Commons, free kick awarded. Mikael Lustig takes the free kick.
Effort on goal by Kari Arnason from long distance goes over the crossbar.
Andre Blackman sends in a cross, comfortable save by Jason Brown.
The ball is swung over by Anthony Stokes.
Foul by Kari Arnason on Kris Commons, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Kris Commons.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Thomas Rogne on Rory Fallon. Caution for Thomas Rogne. Mark Reynolds crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Andre Blackman makes a clearance.
Kari Arnason takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Charlie Mulgrew.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony Stokes on Ryan Jack. Ryan Jack takes the direct free kick.
The ball is sent over by Mitchel Megginson, Mikael Lustig gets a block in.
Centre by Ryan Jack.
An own goal is conceded by Andre Blackman. Aberdeen 1-1 Celtic.Assist by Gavin Rae.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Ledley by Andrew Considine. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Fraser Fyvie from the right by-line, clearance by Thomas Rogne.
Fraser Fyvie takes a shot. Blocked by Mikael Lustig.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Jack on Andre Blackman. Strike on goal comes in from Anthony Stokes from the free kick, save made by Jason Brown.
Gary Hooper is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jason Brown takes the indirect free kick.
Corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Gavin Rae.
The ball is sent over by Kris Commons, blocked by Gavin Rae.
Shot from just outside the box by Rory Fallon misses to the left of the target.
Rory McArdle delivers the ball, Headed effort from inside the area by Rory Fallon misses to the right of the goal.
Goal scored by Anthony Stokes from close range low into the middle of the goal. Aberdeen 0-1 Celtic.Assist by Kris Commons.
Andre Blackman crosses the ball, save by Jason Brown.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kris Commons by Scott Vernon. Kris Commons takes the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Gary Hooper. Jason Brown takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew from the left by-line, clearance by Gavin Rae.
A cross is delivered by James Forrest.
Andre Blackman fouled by Rory Fallon, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Andre Blackman.
Scott Vernon concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Mulgrew. Direct free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
Mikael Lustig concedes a free kick for a foul on Mitchel Megginson. Direct free kick taken by Jason Brown.
Corner taken right-footed by Fraser Fyvie from the right by-line, clearance by Anthony Stokes.
The ball is sent over by Ryan Jack, blocked by Andre Blackman.
The referee blows for offside against Rory Fallon. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
The ball is crossed by Gavin Rae.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anthony Stokes by Andrew Considine. Charlie Mulgrew delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, Ryan Jack makes a clearance.
Centre by Mikael Lustig, save by Jason Brown.
Unfair challenge on Kari Arnason by Andre Blackman results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Kari Arnason, clearance made by Anthony Stokes.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikael Lustig on Mitchel Megginson. Rory McArdle takes the direct free kick.
Rory McArdle concedes a free kick for a foul on James Forrest. Charlie Mulgrew produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Hoops boss criticises midday kick-off
Neil Lennon is not happy his Celtic side are being made to go to Aberdeen for a lunchtime kick-off at the end of a week in which his international players have been scattered all over the world.
The Hoops' march to the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title resumes at Pittodrie on Saturday but Lennon will almost certainly be without South Korea midfielder Ki Sung-yueng, Honduras left-back Emilio Izaguirre and Mexico's Efrain Juarez, who had all still not returned when Lennon delivered his Friday lunchtime media conference.
With Lennon's men 20 points ahead of administration-hit Rangers, there is less pressure on Celtic than in previous years.
But the Northern Irishman, at Parkhead to pick up his Clydesdale Bank Premier League manager of the month award for February, made sure the relevant people were aware of his gripe.
"With the international boys being away, the amount of travelling they have done and the fact that it's a 12 o'clock kick-off in Aberdeen, which I am really not happy about, there will be a few changes from last week for tomorrow's game," said Lennon, who is again likely to be without skipper Scott Brown because of a groin injury.
"The majority of them are back but I haven't see Efrain Juarez or Emilio, they are still making their way back and will be very doubtful for tomorrow.
"Ki Sung-yueng is still making his way back or else he might still be in South Korea. There is no point in rushing him back because he probably wouldn't have made it back in time anyway.
"I am all for internationals and all for friendlies. My beef is with the scheduling of this game tomorrow.
"If it had been three o'clock or on Sunday, it might have bought us a bit more time to get the players back and have ample time for them to recover.
"As it is, it is impossible for some of them to do that with the amount of travelling they have had.
"Again, it is also difficult for our supporters to get up there for 12 o'clock. The most important people in football at the minute, the players and fans, they are going to suffer the most.
"But I don't do the scheduling and we have to get on with it the best we can."
Celtic are looking for their 15th consecutive win after six clean sheets during February helped Lennon to his award.
"It means a hell of a lot but it is just down to the players who have performed magnificently and the consistency has been fantastic," said the former Celtic skipper.
"It is a great achievement to go through the month without conceding a goal so we have moved in the right direction again, which is pleasing.
"We don't want them to take their foot off the pedal. We try to keep them as motivated as possible. We have a huge month which will define the season.
"Obviously it starts tomorrow against Aberdeen who are going very well. It is going to be very difficult as it always is at Pittodrie."
Aberdeen defender Rory McArdle faces an obvious but far from simple task on Saturday - stopping visiting strike duo Anthony Stokes and Gary Hooper.
The seventh-placed Dons face a test to their 11-game unbeaten run which has moved them clear of the SPL relegation zone and into the quarter-finals of the William Hill Scottish Cup.
Lennon's Celtic side have won 17 successive SPL games and 20 in all domestic competitions and have not conceded a goal in six matches, scoring 15 themselves.
McArdle knows the key to ending Celtic's streak towards the SPL title is halting Stokes and Hooper, who have 18 and 20 goals respectively this season.
"If you keep those two quiet you've got a good chance of getting something out of the game," McArdle said.
"We know it's going to be hard, it's not down to individuals. We'll have to work as a team to try to frustrate Celtic and make it as hard as possible for them."
McArdle appreciates Celtic have numerous dangers but hopes if the defence can repel the visitors, the Dons can exploit any gaps in attack.
The 24-year-old added: "Celtic will be coming here to win. The game will be a little bit open for us, but we know we will have to defend as well as we have done all season, if not a little bit better, with the attacking options they've got.
"If we can keep that tight there's no reason why we can't cause them a few problems."
Aberdeen have no fresh injury concerns. Midfielder Stephen Hughes and Michael Paton (both hamstring) are likely to remain out, but Peter Pawlett (knee) and Josh Magennis (ankle) were in the squad at St Mirren last week and are likely to remain in contention.
Dons halt Hoops' charge
Celtic's winning run came to an end with a 1-1 draw at Pittodrie against a well-organised Aberdeen.
Anthony Stokes looked to have put the Hoops on course for a 21st consecutive win in domestic competitions when he rounded Jason Brown and slotted the ball home from an acute angle after 28 minutes.
Celtic had not conceded in their previous six matches, but Aberdeen equalised when Gavin Rae's shot took a wicked deflection off Celtic debutant Andre Blackman and flew past Fraser Forster a minute before the break.
A spirited second-half display from Aberdeen helped them continue their own unbeaten run, which nowstretches to 12 games.
Defenders Mikael Lustig and Blackman were both handed first starts for Celtic as the visitors made four changes with Kris Commons and Stokes also included in the starting XI.
Manager Neil Lennon had to do without the services of Ki Sung-yueng and Emilio Izaguirre, who had both failed to return in time from international duty, while Swedish defender Daniel Majstorovic was absent after suffering cruciate ligament damage.
The Dons made only one change from the team which drew 1-1 with St Mirren last weekend, with New Zealander Rory Fallon stepping in to replace Youl Mawene, who dropped to the bench.
Celtic had the first chance of a frantic opening period when Rory McArdle upended James Forrest on the edge of the area and Charlie Mulgrew, who earned his first Scotland cap against Slovenia in midweek, hit the woodwork with a well-struck free-kick.
The hosts carved out their first opening after 11 minutes when Rae found Fallon at the back post, but his header drifted wide as the flag went up for offside in any case.
The visitors opened the scoring after 28 minutes when Mulgrew, who was enjoying a rare outing in the centre of midfield, threaded the ball to Commons who in turn fed Stokes to round Brown before turning the ball home from an acute angle.
Aberdeen had Brown to thank 10 minutes later when he had to be alert to keep out Stokes' low free-kick after Blackman had been fouled on the edge of the box.
The Dons were desperately trying to find a route back into the game and the equaliser came a minute before the break when Scott Vernon fed Rae, whose left-foot shot took a wicked deflection off Blackman to leave Forster with no chance.
Aberdeen made a bright start to the second period when Ryan Jack played an inviting cross into the box for the unmarked Fallon, but the striker was unable to connect.
Tempers began to flare when Aberdeen opted not to give the visitors the ball back after Hooper had received treatment for a head knock, before Stokes was fortunate to avoid punishment for catching Jack with a late challenge.
Celtic made their first switch after 59 minutes when Blackman's first appearance came to a premature end and Victor Wanyama was introduced.
The home side should have taken the lead after four minutes later when Rae played in Mitch Megginson, but the youngster dragged his shot wide.
Celtic brought on Dylan McGeouch and Cha Du-ri for Lustig and Commons as they pushed for a second, while Aberdeen were forced to bring on Peter Pawlett after Fraser Fyvie limped off with an injury.
Dons goalkeeper Brown was equal to Stokes' drilled effort and easily held a Hooper header as Lennon's side looked to preserve their winning run.
But the Dons held firm in the closing stages to take a well-earned point and end Celtic's winning run which had stretched back to October.
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