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Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Fredrik Ljungberg.
Anthony Stokes concedes a free kick for a foul on Robert Milsom. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
Corner taken by Paul Hartley from the left by-line, clearance made by Thomas Rogne. Paul Hartley takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Joe Ledley.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Chris Maguire. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.
Niall McGinn takes a shot. Blocked by Zander Diamond. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Charlie Mulgrew, Rory McArdle manages to make a clearance.
Josh Magennis comes on in place of Nikola Vujadinovic.
Chris Maguire is ruled offside. Charlie Mulgrew takes the direct free kick.
Joe Ledley comes on in place of Beram Kayal. Chris Maguire is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
Gary Hooper gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rory McArdle. Rory McArdle restarts play with the free kick.
Andrew Considine fouled by Emilio Izaguirre, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Hartley.
Close range headed effort by Nikola Vujadinovic misses to the right of the goal.
The ball is sent over by Paul Hartley.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Paul Hartley.
Derek Young leaves the field to be replaced by Peter Pawlett.
Fredrik Ljungberg on for Patrick McCourt.
A cross is delivered by Chris Maguire.
Charlie Mulgrew gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Maguire. Paul Hartley takes the free kick.
Gary Hooper fouled by Rory McArdle, the ref awards a free kick. Patrick McCourt restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Chris Maguire, save made by Fraser Forster.
Chris Maguire is caught offside. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick.
Chris Maguire challenges Charlie Mulgrew unfairly and gives away a free kick. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.
Ryan Jack is ruled offside. Emilio Izaguirre restarts play with the free kick.
Paul Hartley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Beram Kayal. Free kick taken by Gary Hooper.
Unfair challenge on Scott Brown by Scott Vernon results in a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew restarts play with the free kick.
The official flags Anthony Stokes offside. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.
Nick Blackman goes off and Ryan Jack comes on.
Andrew Considine challenges Niall McGinn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
Unfair challenge on Gary Hooper by Nikola Vujadinovic results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Beram Kayal.
Patrick McCourt produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Paul Hartley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrick McCourt. Direct free kick taken by Mark Wilson.
Chris Maguire produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Patrick McCourt produces a cross, save by Jamie Langfield.
The ball is sent over by Niall McGinn, Rory McArdle makes a clearance.
Effort on goal by Chris Maguire from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
The offside flag is raised against Nick Blackman. Thomas Rogne takes the indirect free kick.
Emilio Izaguirre sends in a cross, Jamie Langfield makes a save.
Corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew, save by Jamie Langfield.
Inswinging corner taken by Paul Hartley from the left by-line, clearance by Thomas Rogne.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Milsom, clearance made by Charlie Mulgrew.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nikola Vujadinovic by Scott Brown. Jamie Langfield takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Mark Wilson from the left by-line, clearance by Rory McArdle. Nikola Vujadinovic fouled by Thomas Rogne, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
The official flags Anthony Stokes offside. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
Robert Milsom concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Wilson. Charlie Mulgrew takes the direct free kick. Corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line, Andrew Considine makes a clearance.
Charlie Mulgrew on for Daniel Majstorovic. Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield. Mark Wilson takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post.
Corner taken by Paul Hartley from the left by-line, Daniel Majstorovic makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Emilio Izaguirre on Derek Young. Free kick taken by Paul Hartley.
Scott Brown fouled by Paul Hartley, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Majstorovic.
Gary Hooper has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Paul Hartley challenges Gary Hooper unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Majstorovic takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anthony Stokes by Derek Young. Scott Brown restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Thomas Rogne on Nick Blackman, free kick awarded. Chris Maguire fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Goal scored by Anthony Stokes from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Celtic 1-0 Aberdeen.The assist for the goal came from Gary Hooper.
Robert Milsom takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Thomas Rogne.
Patrick McCourt has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
Scott Brown takes a shot. Jamie Langfield makes a save.
Chris Maguire gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Majstorovic. Daniel Majstorovic takes the direct free kick.
Robert Milsom takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Emilio Izaguirre.
The referee books Robert Milsom for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Robert Milsom on Niall McGinn. Mark Wilson takes the free kick.
Mark Wilson takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Andrew Considine.
Gary Hooper crosses the ball.
Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Jamie Langfield makes a save.
The ball is crossed by Scott Brown, Zander Diamond makes a clearance.
The referee shows Beram Kayal a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Beram Kayal challenges Chris Maguire unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Hartley takes the free kick.
Rory McArdle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Emilio Izaguirre. Mark Wilson crosses the ball in from the free kick, Zander Diamond manages to make a clearance.
Scott Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Hartley. Paul Hartley crosses the ball in from the free kick, Thomas Rogne makes a clearance.
Foul by Rory McArdle on Emilio Izaguirre, free kick awarded. Mark Wilson takes the free kick.
Robert Milsom concedes a free kick for a foul on Niall McGinn. Daniel Majstorovic takes the free kick.
The match has kicked off.
The ref blows to end the first period.
The game restarts for the second half.
The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
Turkish delight for Lennon as Miller goes
Celtic manager Neil Lennon has welcomed the news of Kenny Miller's departure from Rangers.
Miller's 22 goals for Walter Smith's side this season have kept Rangers neck and neck with the Hoops at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
However, Celtic's title chances appeared to be boosted when the former Parkhead striker agreed to move to Bursaspor in Turkey for a reported fee of #400,000 and wages of #50,000 per week.
Ahead of the visit of Aberdeen in the SPL on Saturday, Celtic boss Lennon recognised the worth of Miller to his Old Firm rivals - but insists Rangers still have the firepower to ensure the title race goes all the way.
"He has scored 22 goals so I'm glad to see the back of him really," the Irishman said.
"He's been a big player for Rangers this season and last season as well.
"Finances dictate that Kenny wants to go and try a different culture and good luck to him.
"I don't think it will have a massive effect on what we are trying to do.
"If Rangers can spend the money, then Walter is pretty shrewd in the market so we have to be aware of that.
"And they still have Lafferty, Jelavic, Beattie, Weiss, Davis, McCulloch and Naismith, all candidates for scoring goals.
"The proof of the pudding will be how big a dent it is to what Rangers are trying to do.
"But he has been a big player for them, no doubt about that.
"He has scored important goals for them this season and they might miss that."
Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley was more cautious when asked about Miller's departure but admitted that it could be good news for the Parkhead club's title hopes.
"It's nothing to do with us, it's to do with Rangers," Ledley said.
"But he has been a great player for them and maybe it's a positive for us.
"Maybe (it will give us the advantage) but we will have to wait and see.
"There is still time for them to bring in another striker."
Celtic are two points ahead of the defending champions, having played two games more, and seven ahead of Hearts who take on the Light Blues at Tynecastle Saturday lunchtime.
Lennon insists the Gorgie side, unbeaten in their last 10 SPL games and with a game in hand over Celtic, should also be considered title contenders.
"I think it's nip and tuck, there's not much in it," said the former Celtic captain.
"They have a very difficult game against a resurgent Hearts team.
"There is no reason to write Hearts off.
"They have been very consistent over a concerted period of time so you have to say they are still contenders.
"But we are at home on Saturday so it's important we capitalise on our home advantage."
Wide man James Forrest is suspended after having his appeal against a red card picked up in the 1-1 draw at Hamilton turned down.
Striker Georgios Samaras is still out with a hamstring injury.
But Celtic are firm favourites to see off the Dons who lost 9-0 - a record defeat - when they last visited Parkhead in November under former boss Mark McGhee.
However, Lennon is not anticipating a similar result against a Pittodrie side who are much improved under the new management team of Craig Brown and Archie Knox.
"I would doubt it," said Lennon.
"There has been a dramatic improvement in Aberdeen's performance and consistency and I would say the majority of that is down to Craig and Archie coming in.
"They have probably added a little bit of confidence to the squad.
"This isn't being disrespectful to the previous manager but sometimes a new management team comes in and lifts the players.
"Craig has bags of experience and know-how.
"He did a very good job at Motherwell and seems to have done the same at Aberdeen."
Lennon added: "The win against Aberdeen the last time just gave us three points and boosted the goal difference.
"I don't think the performance overall was great, things went for us that day and on another day they might not have.
"It was a decent win but in the context of the season it was three points.
"Aberdeen will be coming here trying to rectify that result and that's dangerous for us."
Dons full-back David McNamee will undergo a late fitness test as he battles a groin problem.
Winger Sone Aluko is a major doubt with an Achilles injury but Nick Blackman could make his debut after a virus prevented him from playing against St Mirren last weekend.
Yoann Folly (broken ankle), Darren Mackie and Fraser Fyvie (both knee) remain on the sidelines.
Stokes sends Celtic clear
Anthony Stokes' scored the only goal of the game against Aberdeen at Parkhead to take Celtic five points clear of Rangers at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
The home side, buoyed by the Light Blues' defeat at Hearts earlier in the day, sprang out of the traps and in the 27th minute the Hoops striker ran on to a Gary Hooper pass to round Dons goalkeeper Jamie Langfield before stroking the ball into an empty net.
The second half was less convincing and there were a couple of nervy moments for Celtic before the win was confirmed.
However, Stokes' strike was ultimately enough to widen the gap at the top of the table over the Ibrox men, although the champions have two games in hand.
Under former manager Mark McGhee, Aberdeen had suffered a club record 9-0 defeat at Celtic Park on November 6.
Under new boss Craig Brown, the Pittodrie side had won four out of their last five games but they soon found themselves under pressure.
Celtic pressed for the opener with some vigour and as the Dons rearguard defended at a stretch, Hooper's dangerous cross from the right in the 12th minute just failed to get through to his waiting strike-partner Stokes.
In the 21st minute Hoops wide man Paddy McCourt had a decent effort from the edge of the box which just flew past Langfield's right-hand post, moments before Celtic keeper Fraser Forster and stopper Daniel Majstorovic got in a tangle at the other end, almost allowing Dons debutant Nick Blackman to capitalise.
The visitors appeared to have worked their way in the game to an extent but it was Stokes who broke the deadlock after Hooper's through ball had beaten the Dons' defence,.
With the Pittodrie men looking in some hope for offside, the former Hibernian striker confidently rounded Langfield and knocked the ball in from a yard.
Referee Iain Brines incurred the wrath of the home support in the 35th when he initially gave a free-kick against Langfield in the penalty area for picking up what looked to be an Andrew Considine pass back before changing his mind under duress from the Pittodrie players.
But the Celtic players refused to be distracted and in a swift breakaway five minutes from the interval, Stokes sent Hooper racing down the right and was in the box to take the return ball.
However, Langfield was equal to the Irishman's drive from 12 yards, pushing the ball over for a corner which came to nothing although there was still plenty of defending to be done by Brown's men before half-time.
Aberdeen might have taken some comfort from the occasional moments of nervousness in the Celtic defence which caused some concern for the home fans in the first half.
However, the Granite City club were put on the back foot again almost immediately after the game restarted although in the 50th minute Dons striker Chris Maguire had a snap-shot from 25 yards which went past the far post.
Moments later, after Hoops defender Thomas Rogne failed to control a long ball, Maguire came closer with a better effort from the same distance.
As Celtic reasserted themselves and the Dons retreated, McCourt and skipper Scott Brown both had rather poor attempts from distance.
The play stuttered rather than flowed towards the Aberdeen goal but Celtic could not get the second goal which would have made the latter stages less nervy.
In the 75th minute former Arsenal star Freddie Ljungberg was given a huge cheer when he replaced McCourt to make his home debut.
Play was stretched in the closing minutes but Celtic held on against a late Aberdeen surge to take the points and increase the pressure on Old Firm rivals Rangers as the SPL title races hots up further.
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