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The ball is swung over by Barry Douglas, clearance made by Victor Wanyama.
Short corner worked by Scott Brown.
Centre by John Rankin.
Gary Hooper fouled by Scott Robertson, the ref awards a free kick. Kris Commons shoots direct from the free kick.
Foul by Johnny Russell on Joe Ledley, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
Jon Daly concedes a free kick for a foul on Victor Wanyama. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Rogne.
Effort on goal by Georgios Samaras from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Barry Douglas from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Sung-Yeung Ki.
The ball is delivered by Barry Douglas, clearance by Thomas Rogne.
Kris Commons is brought on as a substitute for Emilio Izaguirre.
Gary Mackay-Steven leaves the field to be replaced by Danny Swanson.
Scott Brown sends in a cross.
Gary Mackay-Steven concedes a free kick for a foul on Victor Wanyama. Direct free kick taken by Victor Wanyama.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Johnny Russell on Emilio Izaguirre. Fraser Forster takes the direct free kick.
Adam Matthews delivers the ball, Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Save made by Dusan Pernis.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Mackay-Steven on Victor Wanyama. Joe Ledley takes the free kick.
Effort on goal by Gary Mackay-Steven from long range goes over the crossbar.
Johnny Russell is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
Sung-Yeung Ki joins the action as a substitute, replacing Anthony Stokes.
Barry Douglas on for Paul Dixon.
Georgios Samaras fouled by Robbie Neilson, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Gary Hooper, Dusan Pernis makes a save.
Paul Dixon crosses the ball, Charlie Mulgrew makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Mackay-Steven on Scott Brown. Charlie Mulgrew takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Gary Mackay-Steven from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Charlie Mulgrew.
The ball is sent over by Paul Dixon, Jon Daly takes a shot. Save made by Fraser Forster.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Victor Wanyama on Scott Robertson. Direct free kick taken by Sean Dillon.
Anthony Stokes delivers the ball, Garry Kenneth manages to make a clearance.
Jon Daly produces a cross, Emilio Izaguirre makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Georgios Samaras, clearance made by Garry Kenneth.
Adam Matthews crosses the ball.
John Rankin scores a goal from long range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Celtic 2-1 Dundee Utd.Johnny Russell provided the assist for the goal.
Georgios Samaras produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Anthony Stokes is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Sean Dillon restarts play with the free kick.
Georgios Samaras has an effort at goal. Save made by Dusan Pernis.
Anthony Stokes fouled by Garry Kenneth, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew shoots direct from the free kick, save made by Dusan Pernis.
Anthony Stokes takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Dusan Pernis makes a save.
Centre by Emilio Izaguirre.
Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line.
Jon Daly has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
John Rankin crosses the ball, Adam Matthews manages to make a clearance.
Anthony Stokes fouled by Paul Dixon, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Brown.
Willo Flood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Victor Wanyama. Booking for John Rankin for not retreating ten yards at a set play. Strike on goal comes in from Anthony Stokes from the free kick.
Short corner taken by Emilio Izaguirre.
Emilio Izaguirre challenges Willo Flood unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Robbie Neilson.
Corner taken left-footed by Gary Mackay-Steven from the left by-line, Charlie Mulgrew manages to make a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Paul Dixon, Adam Matthews manages to make a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Gary Mackay-Steven, clearance made by Charlie Mulgrew.
The ball is delivered by Adam Matthews, clearance made by Paul Dixon.
Charlie Mulgrew takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Scott Robertson.
The ball is crossed by Robbie Neilson.
The ball is swung over by Paul Dixon.
Victor Wanyama scores a headed goal from close in. Celtic 2-0 Dundee Utd.The assist for the goal came from Emilio Izaguirre.
Emilio Izaguirre sends in a cross, Garry Kenneth makes a clearance.
Gary Mackay-Steven crosses the ball, Adam Matthews gets a block in.
A cross is delivered by Georgios Samaras, save made by Dusan Pernis.
Gary Hooper finds the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Celtic 1-0 Dundee Utd.Assist on the goal came from Anthony Stokes.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Gary Mackay-Steven, save made by Fraser Forster.
Scott Robertson takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.
Outswinging corner taken by Gary Mackay-Steven from the left by-line, Emilio Izaguirre makes a clearance.
Joe Ledley concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Mackay-Steven. Sean Dillon takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line, clearance made by Jon Daly.
Scott Brown sends in a cross, Paul Dixon gets a block in.
Scott Robertson challenges Georgios Samaras unfairly and gives away a free kick. Anthony Stokes fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Lennon dismisses treble talk
Neil Lennon has banned his players from talking about a possible Celtic treble this season.
The Hoops are two points clear of Old Firm rivals Rangers at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League ahead of Saturday's home game against Dundee United.
Lennon's men eased through their William Hill Scottish Cup fourth-round tie at Peterhead last week while they face Falkirk in the Scottish Communities League Cup semi-final at Hampden at the end of the month.
Asked if he had instructed his players to leave out all talk of the treble, he replied: "Absolutely. You know what it's like. The build-up, the build-up and build-up and one bad day and it's gone.
"I have already said the treble is an almost impossible thing to do so I don't want any talk of that. There is no point in talking about it at the minute.
"The longer it goes on the more people will ask us the question but players have to dismiss that and concentrate on the job in hand."
Gary Hooper and Kris Commons are back in contention for Saturday's clash.
Striker Hooper has recovered from a groin problem and midfielder Commons is fit again following a thigh injury.
Winger James Forrest has a viral problem and will be assessed while striker Mo Bangura (knee) is still out.
Defender Robbie Neilson has backed his Dundee United team-mates to perform.
Celtic's recent 10-match winning run in the SPL is deemed irrelevant by Neilson, who believes the wide expanses of Parkhead will suit United's young team, high in confidence following their 6-2 Scottish Cup win at Airdrie.
Neilson said: "They're doing well, but it's always an enjoyable place to go. I don't even know what their run is - it doesn't really matter to us when you go there and play.
"Whether they're on a three-game losing streak or a 10-game winning streak, it doesn't really bother us. It doesn't really come into our focus at all. It's about going there and us performing at our best.
"We've got some good young players and hopefully on the big stage they'll do well. They will get some space on a big pitch and it will suit their game."
Neilson is available again after missing last week's 6-2 William Hill Scottish Cup win at Airdrie.
Long-term absentee Scott Severin, who is recovering from a broken leg, remains out, while midfielder Danny Swanson is also unlikely to feature as he continues his rehabilitation from a knee injury.
Hoops move clear at the top
Celtic went two points clear of Rangers again at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League with a nervy 2-1 win over Dundee United at Parkhead.
First-half goals by striker Gary Hooper and midfielder Victor Wanyama gave the home side a comfortable interval lead and it looked like they would go onto coast the game.
However, visiting midfielder John Rankin pulled a goal back five minutes after the break to set up an uneasy second half for Neil Lennon's side.
In the end, though, Celtic did enough to leapfrog the champions who had beaten St Johnstone 2-1 at McDiarmid Park earlier in the day, while extending their winning run in the SPL to 11 games.
Hooper and Wanyama were two of five changes made by Lennon for the visit of the Taysiders.
Goalkeeper Fraser Forster, defenders Adam Matthews and Thomas Rogne also came in, with Lukasz Zaluska, Kelvin Wilson, Cha Du-ri, Ki Sung-yueng and Paddy McCourt all dropping to the bench.
For the Tannadice side, defender Robbie Neilson replaced Stuart Armstrong, who started as substitute.
United had not won in the east end of Glasgow since a 1-0 victory on Boxing Day, 1992 and they had manager Peter Houston in the stand, serving the first of a two-game ban for criticising match officials following their recent defeat by Aberdeen.
It was the visitors, though, who had an encouraging start to the game.
In the eighth minute Forster had to make a good save from United defender Garry Kenneth's drive from 12 yards after Gary Mackay-Steven's cross from the left found its way to the back post.
However, United found themselves two goals down in the space of five minutes.
In the 12th minute Hooper, subject of two rejected bids so far from Southampton, drove the home side into the lead after a swift Celtic break all too easily cut open the United defence following a mistake by Sean Dillon.
The Parkhead striker ran onto an incisive pass from Anthony Stokes before confidently sending a right-footed shot past Dusan Pernis from 14 yards.
Five minutes later Wanyama, who picked up his Clydesdale Bank Premier League young player of the month award for December on Friday, rose highest in the United defence following a short corner between Georgios Samaras and Emilio Izaguirre to head the latter's cross past Pernis.
The Tannadice side, with Mackay-Steven looking good, tried to work their way back into the game but it looked a long way back.
United were racking up the corners which hinted at danger but the Celtic defence stood firm.
The Parkhead men appeared to believe the points were already in the bag as they eased their way towards the break, albeit still well in control.
In the 41st minute a decent move involving Johnny Russell, John Rankin and Mackay-Stevens ended with skipper Jon Daly sending a drive from 25 yards just past Forster's left-hand post.
But moments later Rogne headed Charlie Mulgrew's inswinging corner from the right past the far post, before Pernis made a good save from Stokes' ferocious right-footed drive.
The second half began with Pernis fumbling a Mulgrew free-kick before the visiting keeper had a fine block from Samaras' left-footed drive from the edge of the box.
It looked like the afternoon might turn into a Celtic procession but in the 50th minute United found themselves back in the game when Rankin's long-distance drive sped past Forster and went in off the post.
The Tannadice midfielder's goal stunned the Hoops support who groaned moments later when skipper Scott Brown and Stokes got in the way of each other in the United box in their bid to latch onto Matthews' cut-back, after the Wales defender had worked hard down the right to reach the byline.
The Taysiders scented blood and in the 57th minute, Forster making a great save from Daly's close-range header after United defender Paul Dixon got clear down the left to deliver a great cross.
Celtic survived the consequent corner but nerves were being stretched.
Celtic needed the third goal to alleviate the growing tension and Samaras had the chance in the 72nd minute when he raced into the box to meet a flighted cross from Matthews but the Greece striker's diving header went straight to Pernis.
As the game entered the last 10 minutes United, sprightly and energetic, stepped up their quest for the equaliser but Forster was well protected by his rearguard.
Samaras fired over the bar with five minutes remaining and there was no real late push by United, to the relief, no doubt, of the home support.
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