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Goal scored by Daryl Murphy from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Celtic 4-1 Dundee Utd.Assist on the goal came from Mark Wilson.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway from the right by-line, Daryl Murphy manages to make a clearance.
Johnny Russell fires in a goal from inside the box high into the middle of the goal. Celtic 3-1 Dundee Utd.Assist by David Goodwillie.
Kris Commons takes a shot. Dusan Pernis makes a save.
The ball is sent over by Daryl Murphy, Sean Dillon gets a block in.
The referee blows for offside against Anthony Stokes. Indirect free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
Jon Daly concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Mulgrew. Jon Daly receives a yellow card. Daniel Majstorovic restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Craig Conway, save made by Fraser Forster.
Daryl Murphy on for Scott Brown.
Kris Commons finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Celtic 3-0 Dundee Utd.
Shot by Kris Commons. Save by Dusan Pernis.
Scott Robertson challenges Kris Commons unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kris Commons restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Brown on Jon Daly. Paul Dixon takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Kris Commons, Scott Robertson manages to make a clearance.
The referee blows for offside against David Goodwillie. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
Short corner worked by Craig Conway.
(Celtic) makes a substitution, with Shaun Maloney coming on for Gary Hooper.
Effort from just outside the area by Morgaro Gomis goes over the bar.
Paul Dixon sends in a cross.
A cross is delivered by Sean Dillon.
Craig Conway sends in a cross, Fraser Forster makes a save.
Beram Kayal takes a shot. Blocked by Sean Dillon.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Kris Commons, clearance by Garry Kenneth.
A cross is delivered by Emilio Izaguirre, Paul Dixon makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Mark Wilson, Gary Hooper takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.
The ball is crossed by Kris Commons, Sean Dillon makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Hooper on Scott Severin. Free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Goodwillie on Mark Wilson. Fraser Forster takes the direct free kick.
The ball is crossed by Emilio Izaguirre.
Beram Kayal fouled by Craig Conway, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Majstorovic takes the direct free kick.
Mark Wilson takes a shot. Sean Dillon gets a block in.
David Goodwillie is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
Scott Brown takes a shot. Dusan Pernis makes a save.
Corner taken left-footed by Kris Commons from the right by-line, Sean Dillon manages to make a clearance.
Gary Hooper takes a shot. Garry Kenneth gets a block in.
Sung-Yeung Ki is brought on as a substitute for James Forrest.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Kris Commons, Garry Kenneth manages to make a clearance.
James Forrest takes a shot. Blocked by Sean Dillon.
Kris Commons produces a cross, clearance by Scott Severin.
Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Johnny Russell goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Inswinging corner taken by Craig Conway from the left by-line, Anthony Stokes makes a clearance.
Morgaro Gomis takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway from the right by-line to the near post, Mark Wilson makes a clearance.
Garry Kenneth takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.
Emilio Izaguirre produces a cross.
Beram Kayal produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Foul by David Goodwillie on Emilio Izaguirre, free kick awarded. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.
Prince Buaben goes off and Johnny Russell comes on.
(Dundee Utd) makes a substitution, with Jon Daly coming on for Daniel Swanson.
Beram Kayal scores a goal from just outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Celtic 2-0 Dundee Utd.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Kris Commons, Garry Kenneth manages to make a clearance.
Kris Commons delivers the ball, clearance made by Paul Dixon.
Foul by Scott Robertson on Kris Commons, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Beram Kayal.
The ball is delivered by Emilio Izaguirre, clearance by Prince Buaben.
Kris Commons delivers the ball.
Morgaro Gomis produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
The ball is delivered by Paul Dixon, Daniel Majstorovic manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Craig Conway by Beram Kayal results in a free kick. Morgaro Gomis delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance by Emilio Izaguirre.
James Forrest produces a cross.
Corner taken left-footed by Kris Commons, Daniel Swanson makes a clearance.
Daniel Majstorovic challenges David Goodwillie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Craig Conway takes the direct free kick.
Effort from 12 yards by James Forrest. Save made by Dusan Pernis.
Morgaro Gomis fouled by Beram Kayal, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Garry Kenneth.
Shot from outside the area by Anthony Stokes misses to the left of the target.
Handball decision goes against David Goodwillie. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
The ball is crossed by Kris Commons, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Anthony Stokes goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Kris Commons from the left by-line, clearance by Garry Kenneth.
The ball is crossed by Kris Commons, Paul Dixon makes a clearance.
Kris Commons has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
Gary Hooper finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Celtic 1-0 Dundee Utd.Assist on the goal came from Anthony Stokes.
Centre by Sean Dillon, save by Fraser Forster.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Robertson on Kris Commons. Free kick taken by Kris Commons.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Kris Commons, Paul Dixon manages to make a clearance.
Prince Buaben challenges Charlie Mulgrew unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Beram Kayal.
Emilio Izaguirre delivers the ball, save by Dusan Pernis.
Shot by Kris Commons from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
Kris Commons takes a shot. Fraser Forster makes a save.
Kris Commons gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Dixon. Paul Dixon takes the direct free kick.
Paul Dixon produces a cross.
The referee blows for offside against Scott Robertson. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Kris Commons from the left by-line, Daniel Majstorovic produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
Daniel Majstorovic takes a shot. Blocked by Sean Dillon.
Emilio Izaguirre crosses the ball, Scott Severin manages to make a clearance.
Kris Commons takes the inswinging corner, save by Dusan Pernis.
The offside flag is raised against Prince Buaben. Indirect free kick taken by Daniel Majstorovic.
The official flags Anthony Stokes offside. Dusan Pernis takes the indirect free kick.
James Forrest takes a shot. Save made by Dusan Pernis.
Shot by Prince Buaben from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
Ljungberg ruled out
Celtic midfielder Freddie Ljungberg is out of Sunday`s Clydesdale Bank Premier League against Dundee United at Parkhead.
Boss Neil Lennon revealed the Swede will miss out due to a calf strain.
Midfielder Joe Ledley will miss the rest of the season with a hamstring injury aggravated against Rangers at Ibrox last week while defender Cha Du-ri remains sidelined with an ankle injury.
Lennon is looking forward to another enthralling match.
The Hoops have won two of the previous three Clydesdale Bank Premier League encounters between the sides this season and all have produced excitement and drama.
In October a late Gary Hooper strike at Tannadice gave Celtic the points in a game best remembered for referee Dougie McDonald awarding the visitors a penalty after United goalkeeper Dusan Pernis had clashed with Hooper, then controversially changing his mind after consulting assistant Steven Craven.
In November, Sean Dillon's dramatic equaliser in the third minute of added time gave United a point at Parkhead and in February the Hoops won 3-1 after an hectic game at Tannadice.
And Lennon expects more of the same as his side continue with their title bid.
"I think it will be a tough game but I think it will be open," Lennon said. "Dundee United will have a go and play with a bit of freedom.
"And if previous encounters are anything to go by it should be an exciting game.
"Peter (Houston, the United manager) has done a great job there, he has turned the team around.
"They seemed to have been a big strong side in the last few years but he seems to have changed that philosophy.
"They are flexible with their formation, they have good pace in the team and he has brought in some good young players allied to the players he already had there.
"They had a great result at Ibrox a few weeks ago and they were capable of taking points off us when they came here earlier in the season and so we are going to have to be at our best."
United have four players back from suspension.
Morgaro Gomis, Dillon, Mihael Kovacevic and Paul Dixon are available again after missing the 4-2 win over Kilmarnock.
Houston hopes his players can improve on their best performance of the season and shock title-chasing Celtic.
United bounced back from a 4-0 loss to Rangers, during which they were reduced to eight men and conceded three penalties, with a 4-2 defeat of Kilmarnock last Saturday.
And Houston knows more will be required of his side to win at Parkhead.
He said: "It was a fantastic response. For 65, 70 minutes it was the best we've played this season in many ways.
"Considering the amount of players that were out - good players, first-team players - it shows you the wee bit of depth we have.
"It shows you the players who step up and step in are good squad players battling for first-team places and they're every bit as good as the ones they replaced.
"But it will take a huge improvement because Celtic are a really good side."
Houston is hoping his United side finish the campaign in fourth place at least and has his strongest squad available for the first time this season.
"It's come at a good time, we've still got a wee bit to play for," he added.
Houston knows victory at Parkhead is a tall order, but he also expects Celtic's attacking style will create space his side can exploit.
He added: "When they came to Tannadice earlier in the season they played exceptionally well.
"To be honest we couldn't get near them at times - they were really, really good.
"We know, going to Celtic Park, we'll have to put in one of our better performances.
"However, they let you play and that's what we'll do. "We'll go with players who are comfortable on the ball and like to pass the ball.
"Hopefully we can keep the ball, retain possession and create chances as well."
Bhoys close the gap
Celtic moved back to within one point of Rangers at the top of the Clydesdale Bank with a comfortable 4-1 win over Dundee United at Parkhead.
Gary Hooper's close-range strike after 23 minutes gave Neil Lennon's side the interval lead and second-half goals from Beram Kayal, Kris Commons and substitute Daryl Murphy, on for Scott Brown, sealed the win.
United substitute Johnny Russell grabbed a consolation goal for the Taysiders before Murphy struck deep in stoppage time.
It was a convincing performance from the home side, who could go top of the table on Wednesday when they travel to Inverness for their game in hand over the Ibrox men.
Before the game there was a minute's applause for former Celtic player Willie O'Neill, who died last week.
After the tribute, the home side started strongly and before two minutes had elapsed James Forrest, back in the side along with Anthony Stokes and Commons, had drawn a good save from goalkeeper Dusan Pernis with a powerful drive from 12 yards after cutting in from the right-hand side of the box.
The Taysiders were forced into some desperate defending as Celtic piled on early pressure and they were let off the hook in the seventh minute when Hoops defender Daniel Majstorovic headed a Commons corner over the bar from six yards.
Five minutes later the Scotland midfielder burrowed his way into the United box and his cross-cum-shot was re-directed by Stokes. The ball clipped the outside of the far post before speeding wide and Peter Houston's side breathed again.
However, in the 23rd minute the visitors eventually succumbed to Celtic's pressure but it was United skipper Garry Kenneth whose carelessness gifted possession to Stokes wide on the left.
The Irishman hesitated at first but then set up Hooper with a pass across the six-yard box which allowed the former Scunthorpe striker to knock the ball into the net as Pernis scrambled to get back.
The goal changed the mood of the hitherto nervy home fans and, before United had a chance to compose themselves, Stokes sent a drive from distance just past Pernis' left-hand post.
United had been restricted to the occasional breakaway but, just before the break, striker David Goodwillie showed good strength inside the Celtic box to brush off the attentions of Kayal after racing onto a punt by Pernis.
However, his shot was blocked by backtracking Hoops skipper Brown and the chance of the equaliser was gone.
United started the second half confidently and intent on getting back on level terms. Morgaro Gomis had a decent opportunity when he was set up by Prince Buaben but the midfielder mis-kicked from 12 yards.
In the 51st minute Kenneth made some amends for his first-half error when he was in position to block Stokes' goalbound shot after Emilio Izaguirre's cut-back from the left had fallen to the Irishman inside the United box.
Then there was a penalty claim when Forrest's attempted cut-back appeared to strike the hand of Paul Dixon, but referee Iain Brines was having none of it.
However, any Celtic frustrations were swept away seconds later, in the 54th minute, by Kayal when he arrowed in a wonderful shot from 30 yards which gave Pernis no chance.
United responded by bringing on Jon Daly and Russell for Danny Swanson and Buaben but moments later, after more indecision in the United defence, Kayal had another effort on goal from the edge of the box, this time saved by Pernis.
On the hour mark Russell almost made his mark when he crashed a shot from 10 yards off the post after gliding past Brown and Charlie Mulgrew, before Celtic keeper Fraser Forster had to make a save from Gomis.
But United soon found themselves under pressure again as Celtic reasserted themselves in a bid to grab the third goal which would secure the points.
The home side continued to make good use of both flanks and one cross from right-back Mark Wilson found Hooper but his header was easily saved by Pernis.
In the 84th minute Commons drove in number three from 10 yards, after good work from substitute Shaun Maloney, who had replaced Hooper.
Russell grabbed a late consolation for the visitors before Murphy, on for Brown, restored the margin of victory with a fine solo goal and Celtic can look forward to the trip to the Highlands in midweek with some confidence.
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