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Joe Ledley fouled by Mohamed Chalali, the ref awards a free kick. Sung-Yeung Ki restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Mohamed Chalali on Beram Kayal, free kick awarded. Charlie Mulgrew takes the direct free kick.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Robert Milsom, Daniel Majstorovic manages to make a clearance.
Beram Kayal gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fraser Fyvie. Direct free kick taken by Richard Foster.
Sung-Yeung Ki has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
Effort from inside the six-yard box by Patrick McCourt goes wide right of the goal.
Sung-Yeung Ki takes a short corner.
Beram Kayal fouled by Kari Arnason, the ref awards a free kick. Kari Arnason receives a caution. Free kick taken by Daniel Majstorovic.
Unfair challenge on Robert Milsom by Beram Kayal results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Richard Foster.
The offside flag is raised against Anthony Stokes. Indirect free kick taken by David Gonzalez.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Jack on Gary Hooper. Ryan Jack is shown a red card for second bookable offence. Free kick taken by Sung-Yeung Ki.
Centre by Gary Hooper, Andrew Considine manages to make a clearance.
Fraser Fyvie is caught offside. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
Gary Hooper is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Andrew Considine. Mohamed Chalali on for Scott Vernon. (Aberdeen) makes a substitution, with Darren Mackie coming on for Rory Fallon.
Youl Mawene concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Hooper. Patrick McCourt comes on in place of Victor Wanyama. Sung-Yeung Ki sends in a cross, A goal is scored by Charlie Mulgrew from close range to the top right corner of the goal. Celtic 2-1 Aberdeen.Sung-Yeung Ki provided the assist for the goal.
The ball is swung over by Ryan Jack, save by Fraser Forster.
A cross is delivered by Adam Matthews, save by David Gonzalez.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki from the left by-line, clearance made by Scott Vernon.
The ball is swung over by Sung-Yeung Ki, clearance by Ryan Jack.
Foul by Isaac Osbourne on Victor Wanyama, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
Centre by James Forrest, Sung-Yeung Ki takes a shot. Save by David Gonzalez.
Sung-Yeung Ki takes the inswinging corner, Victor Wanyama has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Short corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki, Adam Matthews takes a shot. David Gonzalez makes a save.
Corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki from the right by-line, David Gonzalez makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Sung-Yeung Ki, clearance by Richard Foster.
Inswinging corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki, Youl Mawene manages to make a clearance.
The ball is crossed by James Forrest, Isaac Osbourne makes a clearance.
Centre by Richard Foster.
The ball is crossed by Ryan Jack, Charlie Mulgrew manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Sung-Yeung Ki by Isaac Osbourne results in a free kick. Isaac Osbourne receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Anthony Stokes has an effort direct from the free kick.
Caution for Ryan Jack.
A goal is scored by Ryan Jack from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Celtic 1-1 Aberdeen.Assist on the goal came from Robert Milsom.
The ball is delivered by Rory Fallon, save made by Fraser Forster.
The ball is sent over by Rory Fallon, clearance by Joe Ledley.
Gary Hooper takes a shot. Save by David Gonzalez.
The ball is delivered by Joe Ledley, clearance by Richard Foster.
Unfair challenge on Victor Wanyama by Rory Fallon results in a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew restarts play with the free kick.
Beram Kayal takes a shot. David Gonzalez makes a save.
The referee blows for offside against Scott Vernon. Daniel Majstorovic takes the indirect free kick.
Rory Fallon crosses the ball, clearance made by Daniel Majstorovic.
Centre by Adam Matthews, Effort from deep inside the area by Sung-Yeung Ki misses to the left of the target.
Anthony Stokes is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Youl Mawene.
Richard Foster delivers the ball, save by Fraser Forster.
Andrew Considine concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Hooper. Adam Matthews takes the free kick.
Anthony Stokes fouled by Kari Arnason, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Majstorovic.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Rory Fallon, Fraser Forster makes a save.
The ball is crossed by Fraser Fyvie, Daniel Majstorovic manages to make a clearance.
Isaac Osbourne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Beram Kayal. Free kick taken by Adam Matthews.
The ball is swung over by Fraser Fyvie.
Charlie Mulgrew produces a left-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.
Adam Matthews delivers the ball, clearance by Andrew Considine.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kari Arnason on Anthony Stokes. Free kick taken by Adam Matthews.
The ball is sent over by Anthony Stokes, clearance made by Youl Mawene.
Unfair challenge on Charlie Mulgrew by Rory Fallon results in a free kick. Rory Fallon is booked. Fraser Forster takes the direct free kick.
Daniel Majstorovic challenges Rory Fallon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robert Milsom.
Richard Foster concedes a free kick for a foul on James Forrest. Richard Foster booked for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Majstorovic.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Milsom.
Richard Foster crosses the ball, clearance by Charlie Mulgrew.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anthony Stokes by Kari Arnason. Charlie Mulgrew produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
Richard Foster takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Sung-Yeung Ki.
Glenn Loovens leaves the field to be replaced by Daniel Majstorovic.
Sung-Yeung Ki finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Celtic 1-0 Aberdeen.The assist for the goal came from Gary Hooper.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Matthews by Fraser Fyvie. Charlie Mulgrew delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save by David Gonzalez.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Beram Kayal goes wide left of the goal.
The ball is sent over by Joe Ledley, clearance by Andrew Considine.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Sung-Yeung Ki.
A cross is delivered by Adam Matthews, Andrew Considine manages to make a clearance.
Beram Kayal fouled by Rory Fallon, the ref awards a free kick. Glenn Loovens takes the free kick.
James Forrest takes a shot. David Gonzalez makes a save.
The ball is sent over by Anthony Stokes, clearance by Youl Mawene.
Fraser Fyvie delivers the ball, Fraser Forster makes a save.
Shot from long range by Kari Arnason goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Adam Matthews sends in a cross.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fraser Fyvie by Beram Kayal. Direct free kick taken by Andrew Considine.
Handball by Anthony Stokes. Free kick taken by David Gonzalez.
The ball is crossed by Richard Foster, Charlie Mulgrew makes a clearance.
Lennon: We`re on brink of form
Neil Lennon senses his Celtic side are ready to go on a run of good form starting with the visit of Aberdeen in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League on Sunday.
The Hoops battled back from a 1-0 interval deficit against Rennes in France on Thursday night to grab a valuable Europa League Group I point and keep them in contention.
That encouraging performance came on the back of a second-half turnaround last week at Kilmarnock where Celtic came back from being 3-0 down at the break to salvage a point which ultimately kept them 10 points behind leaders Rangers with a game in hand.
The Parkhead boss claims he has seen enough in parts of those two games and in training to anticipate a much-needed string of victories.
"I would like to see us go on a run of games and start to exert some pressure on the leaders," said Lennon. "And I sense it among the players.
"You are always one performance away from toppling over but it is my job to make sure that it doesn't happen.
"I was very pleased with the performance against Rennes, it was a very good effort against a very good team. And after the comeback at Kilmarnock and the performance on Thursday night, I think there is a real determination among the players to really get going."
The former Celtic skipper had a wry smile when asked if he was becoming adept at half-time pep-talks.
"I have to be," he said. "I have to earn my crust somehow. I would much prefer it if we went a goal up but the players showed plenty of character in the last two games so they are answering a lot of questions.
"People expect us to win most games in the SPL, especially at home, and so we expect to go in to the game as firm favourites but I am looking for a performance.
"Aberdeen are coming on the back of a couple of decent results so they will be looking to take points off us but we know that can't happen."
Whatever problems the Dons may pose Celtic, Lennon is confident he will not suffer the same scare as he did at Killie last week when he admitted fearing for his future as he made his way up the tunnel at the interval.
"We showed the good and bad last week," he said. "The players know that they can't get into that situation again. It is certainly not acceptable at a club like ours.
"They are good players and they shouldn't get themselves in to those sorts of problems. But I know they have good performances in them, as they showed against Rennes. Now they have to find some consistency."
Badr El-Kaddouri returns to the Celtic squad after being cup-tied against Rennes. Thomas Rogne also returns after missing the trip to France because he was not registered for the tournament.
Midfielder Kris Commons is suspended again and there are doubts over strikers Gary Hooper (ankle) and Georgios Samaras (bruised bone).
Aberdeen manager Craig Brown insists there is no fear among his players as they return to the scene of their worst result from last season, and indeed the club's history.
Aberdeen visit Celtic Park with memories still raw of their 9-0 defeat in the corresponding fixture last season.
The thrashing helped spell the end of Mark McGhee's disappointing spell in charge and Brown has not found it easy to transform the team's fortunes.
But successive wins over Dunfermline and Dundee United, scoring seven goals in the process, has lifted the mood at Pittodrie. And Brown believes there is a more resolute edge to his team this season following the summer arrival of the likes of Kari Arnason and Youl Mawene.
"We are not going there with any fear or trepidation or anything," the former Scotland manager said.
"Certainly we are positive in most fixtures so we pick a team to suit the occasion. Not necessarily the same team but obviously the nucleus of the team in the last couple of games will stay the same.
"It is possible for us to go down there and give a good account of ourselves and it is possible to get a victory. We need to play very well to do that and that will test Celtic to the limit if we play to our ability.
"I think we have a bit of steel about our team and we have got a winning mentality appearing in the side which is very, very good.
"We were very unfortunate to lose 1-0 down there at the end of last season and we can repeat that performance we will do well.
"I thought we did well at Ibrox and against Motherwell and we were unlucky to lose these games so clearly we don't go down there looking for a defeat, we go down looking for a victory."
Peter Pawlett has been rated doubtful with a hamstring injury. Yoann Folley, who missed last week's win over Dundee United with a chest infection, is likely to remain on the sidelines.
Mulgrew the man
Celtic's stand-in skipper Charlie Mulgrew scored a crucial second-half winner against Aberdeen at Parkhead to keep Neil Lennon's men 10 points behind Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders Rangers with a 2-1 victory.
Hoops midfielder Ki Sung-yueng gave the home side the lead in the 17th minute when he finished off a fine move but the home side failed to build on that and Dons defender Ryan Jack levelled on the hour mark to set the nerves jangling among the home support.
However, in the 72nd minute, following a Ki free-kick, former Aberdeen defender Mulgrew drove high into the net from close range before Jack - booked for over-celebrating his equaliser by running to the travelling support - was sent off after picking up the second card for a foul on Gary Hooper.
Mulgrew, though, emerged again as the Hoops hero after grabbing an equaliser in the 3-3 draw at Kilmarnock last week.
Celtic have a game in hand over Rangers but Lennon will not want many more nervy afternoons like this.
All the recent statistics pointed to a comfortable home win for Lennon's side, which had striker Hooper back in after recovering from an ankle injury, to replace Cha Du-ri.
The Dons had lost the corresponding fixture last year 9-0 and were beaten in all five encounters between the two teams in three different competitions last season, conceding 21 goals and scoring just one.
Aberdeen, though, had won their last two SPL games and kept the same side for the third time with Rory Fallon and Scott Vernon leading the line, which - if nothing else - was a statement of intent from boss Craig Brown.
The Dons did not look intimidated in the early stages and indeed Kari Arnason's long-distance drive in the seventh minute, which went well wide, only alleviated the pressure on the Hoops defence.
Moments later Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster did well to cut out a dangerous cross from Dons wide-man Fraser Fyvie.
In the 13th minute Ki set up Beram Kayal 30 yards from goal but the midfielder's shot was wide.
However, Ki opened the scoring when he finished a fine move started by Anthony Stokes and Kayal by taking a Hooper pass and steering the ball past David Gonzalez and inside the far post from 10 yards, although it looked as if the visiting keeper might have done better.
Parkhead stopper Glenn Loovens, having picked up an injury, was immediately replaced by the man he had recently replaced, Daniel Majstorovic.
The rest of the half was untidy. Aberdeen responded to an extent by forcing a couple of corners but they came to nothing.
The visitors had lost their earlier belief, resorting to long balls to get them up the park but posed little threat to Forster.
The visitors started the second-half sharply but Ki should have doubled Celtic's lead in the 49th minute when Matthews' cross from the right came right across his path - but the midfielder drove his left-footed shot wide.
In the 55th minute, Joe Ledley - playing left-back again - fired in a cross which was cleared to the edge of the box - but Hooper's shot took a deflection and Gonzalez saved at his left-hand post.
Aberdeen levelled on the hour when full-back Ryan Jack weaved his way into the Celtic box and as the Parkhead defence hesitated, fired in a left-foot drive which squirmed its way in at the far post.
Moments later, Stokes fired a free-kick over from 25 yards - but the mood inside Celtic Park had changed.
Celtic piled on the pressure and Gonzalez had to tip a powerful drive from Matthews over the bar for a corner and the Dons were glad to escape two more scares within a minute when Hooper had chances.
However, Mulgrew restored Celtic's lead from close range after Ki's long free-kick fell to him six yards out, the former Dons player sweeping the ball high into the net.
The Dons were deflated and in the 80th minute, Jack was shown a second yellow by referee Stevie O'Reilly for a foul on Hooper..
Five minutes later Hoops substitute Paddy McCourt, on earlier for Victor Wanyama, twisted and turned inside the Dons box but failed to hit the target and in the end the home side were glad to hear the final whistle.
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