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The referee blows for offside. The referee shows Fraser Forster a yellow card. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Georgios Samaras on John Potter. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
Andrew Barrowman grabs a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Celtic 2-1 Dunfermline.The assist for the goal came from David Graham.
Daniel Majstorovic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Barrowman. Free kick taken by Gary Mason.
Close range strike by Gary Mason goes over the bar.
Paul Burns fouled by Sung-Yeung Ki, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Burns takes the direct free kick.
Patrick McCourt decides to take a short corner.
Joe Cardle crosses the ball, clearance by Victor Wanyama.
The offside flag is raised against Andrew Barrowman. (Celtic) makes a substitution, with Georgios Samaras coming on for Anthony Stokes. Fraser Forster takes the indirect free kick.
Sung-Yeung Ki fouled by Andrew Barrowman, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Beram Kayal. Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Majstorovic on Liam Buchanan. Joe Cardle takes the free kick.
Sung-Yeung Ki concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex Keddie. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Andrew Barrowman challenges Victor Wanyama unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
Anthony Stokes is ruled offside. Gary Mason restarts play with the free kick.
Joe Cardle takes a shot. Save made by Fraser Forster. Inswinging corner taken by Joe Cardle from the left by-line, Joe Ledley manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Ledley on David Graham. (Dunfermline) makes a substitution, with Liam Buchanan coming on for Andy Kirk. Joe Cardle takes the free kick.
Centre by Adam Matthews, John Potter makes a clearance.
Effort from close range by Anthony Stokes strikes the post.
Patrick Boyle replaces Ryan Thomson. (Dunfermline) makes a substitution, with Joe Cardle coming on for Paul Willis.
Anthony Stokes produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.
Anthony Stokes produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
Sung-Yeung Ki delivers the ball, John Potter manages to make a clearance.
John Potter challenges Anthony Stokes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sung-Yeung Ki takes the direct free kick.
Paul Burns gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on James Forrest. Penalty missed by Sung-Yeung Ki.
Sung-Yeung Ki has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.
Andrew Barrowman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Victor Wanyama. Free kick taken by Beram Kayal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Mason on Patrick McCourt. Sung-Yeung Ki takes the indirect free kick.
Patrick McCourt joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kris Commons.
James Forrest delivers the ball, Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Gary Hooper goes wide of the right-hand upright.
The ball is swung over by Paul Willis, Daniel Majstorovic makes a clearance.
Sung-Yeung Ki fouled by Paul Burns, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Sung-Yeung Ki.
Paul Willis produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
Kris Commons has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.
James Forrest has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Joe Ledley delivers the ball.
Paul Willis sends in a cross, Victor Wanyama makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Beram Kayal by Ryan Thomson results in a free kick. Beram Kayal restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Daniel Majstorovic restarts play with the free kick.
Adam Matthews produces a cross, Header from close in by Anthony Stokes misses to the left of the target.
The ball is swung over by James Forrest.
Kris Commons takes a shot. Save made by Paul Gallacher.
Paul Burns sends in a cross, Daniel Majstorovic makes a clearance.
Victor Wanyama challenges Andrew Barrowman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alex Keddie takes the direct free kick.
Joe Ledley takes a shot. Blocked by John Potter. Joe Ledley takes a outswinging corner. Kris Commons handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Sung-Yeung Ki takes a shot. Paul Gallacher makes a save.
Effort on goal by Andy Dowie from long range goes over the bar.
Anthony Stokes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Dowie. John Potter takes the free kick.
Effort on goal by Beram Kayal from 20 yards. Paul Gallacher makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Graham by Beram Kayal. John Potter restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Paul Willis by Daniel Majstorovic results in a free kick. Paul Willis has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Paul Willis, Daniel Majstorovic makes a clearance.
Shot from just outside the area by Kris Commons goes over the bar.
Foul by Paul Burns on James Forrest, free kick awarded. James Forrest restarts play with the free kick.
Goal scored by James Forrest from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Celtic 2-0 Dunfermline.Assist on the goal came from Gary Hooper.
The ball is crossed by Kris Commons.
Outswinging corner taken by Paul Willis.
Gary Hooper scores a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Celtic 1-0 Dunfermline.
Corner taken right-footed by Paul Willis, Victor Wanyama makes a clearance.
Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.
Unfair challenge on James Forrest by Paul Burns results in a free kick. Kris Commons takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Alex Keddie on Anthony Stokes, free kick awarded. Beram Kayal takes the direct free kick.
Hoops trio set to miss midweek clash
Glenn Loovens, Charlie Mulgrew and Mohamed Bangura remain on the sidelines for Celtic's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Dunfermline at Parkhead but have shown signs of progress.
Defenders Loovens and Mulgrew have been out with hamstring injuries and striker Bangura has struggled with a knee complaint but while all three have joined in training in the last couple of days, it might be the weekend game against St Mirren before they come back into contention.
Stopper Thomas Rogne is still out with a hamstring injury which means Victor Wanyama is likely to remain in defence.
Meanwhile, manager Neil Lennon has backed "in principle" the idea of the Old Firm playing each other abroad but admits to reservations about the idea.
Rangers' chief operating officer Ali Russell was quoted at the weekend as saying there is scope for the Glasgow giants to meet either post-season or pre-season, with the USA the most likely destination. Speaking before Wednesday night's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Dunfermline at Celtic Park, Lennon said: "It depends on the circumstances and depends if we could generate the interest, although I'm sure we could in America.
"In the post-season, it depends how harrowing the season has been on the players. If they have to travel to America to play in a friendly, I'm not sure too many players would want to put their hands up for that one.
"In principle it seems like a decent idea but whether all the logistics can be accompanied with that, I don't know."
Scottish Football Association president Campbell Ogilvie, a former director at Ibrox, insists the SFA would consider any such request. He said: "Any teams wanting to play abroad would have to go through the normal governing body processes. Any application will be viewed on its own merits and various factors have to be taken into account, obviously dealing with local authorities in other countries and other associations.
"So, if any member club applied to play abroad then it would be given due consideration in conjunction with speaking to the association that was going to host the match."
Dunfermline will be without key defender Austin McCann.
McCann (hamstring) is the latest to join a lengthy Pars casualty list, but Gary Mason is available again following suspension, while Andy Dowie is rated 50-50 to make the game following a calf injury.
Martin Hardie (knee) and Craig Easton (calf) remain out alongside Jason Thomson, Kevin Rutkiewicz and Steven Bell, while Nick Phinn is back in training but it is too soon for him to be involved.
Manager Jim McIntyre will urge his side to travel with confidence.
Second-placed Celtic will be seeking to cut the gap to leaders Rangers to seven points with their game in-hand against the Pars, who were promoted to the top flight last term and currently sit 10th in the table.
Despite having a depleted squad McIntyre hopes his side can claim a shock result on Dunfermline's first trip to Parkhead in four years.
McIntyre said: "These games are there to be embraced, these are the games you want to play in as a player and test yourself.
"When you get promoted these are the types of games you look at the fixture list for. "You want to go there, do yourself justice and test yourselves against the best players in the country.
"There's nothing to fear because the expectation's all on Celtic."
Bhoys keep up pressure on Rangers
Celtic moved to within seven points of Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders Rangers with a 2-1 win over Dunfermline at Parkhead that should have been convincing but ended up fraught.
Striker Gary Hooper and midfielder James Forrest capitalised on slack early play by the visitors to give the Hoops a comfortable half-time lead, before manager Neil Lennon raged in frustration at the profligacy of his side who spurned numerous chances.
Midfielder Ki Sung-yueng even missed the target with a penalty after the break, before a goal by Pars striker Andy Barrowman with four minutes remaining saw the home side glad to hear the final whistle.
Celtic play St Mirren on Saturday and could close the gap further before Rangers travel to Kilmarnock on Sunday, but Lennon will have his players practising their shooting before then.
The Irishman's plans have been disrupted by injuries all season but he made two changes through choice rather than necessity for the visit of the Fifers.
Winger Kris Commons replaced Georgios Samaras, with midfielder Ki in for left-back Badr El-Kaddouri, as Joe Ledley moved back into defence to replace the Moroccan.
Dunfermline boss Jim McIntyre made three changes, with Andy Dowie, Gary Mason and Barrowman in for the injured Austin McCann, Paddy Boyle and Liam Buchanan, the latter two starting on the bench.
The Pars were architects of their own downfall, starting from when Hooper opened the scoring in the sixth minute.
Midfielder Paul Willis play a loose pass in-field from wide on the left which was picked up by the former Scunthorpe striker, and he raced clear of the stunned Pars defenders before slipping the ball past Paul Gallagher.
The second goal from Forrest came in the 13th minute after Pars defender Alex Keddie gave possession away in the middle of the park, allowing Celtic to break.
With the Dunfermline defence exposed Commons played in Anthony Stokes inside the box.
Although Gallagher saved his low drive, the ball broke to Hooper who cleverly set up Forrest to guide the ball into the net from eight yards.
It was looking like being a long night for the Fifers, as Celtic kept up the pressure.
Celtic captain Beram Kayal had a drive from 25 yards which Gallagher blocked with his feet, moments before Commons had an effort from further out which sailed over the bar.
The home side continued to pour forward and good work by Ledley and Stokes saw Gallagher somehow keep the ball out from the Irishman's cut-back, with the visiting defence in more disarray.
On the half-hour mark Forrest weaved his way past a clutch of Pars defenders before crossing to the back post for Stokes who, from an acute angle, could only send it back across the goal and the Fifers breathed again.
It appeared all too easy for the Hoops and moments later Forrest was set up by Stokes but watched his low drive from the edge of the box skip just past the far post, moments before Commons went equally close with a similar effort.
Two minutes from the break Hooper became the latest Celtic player to pass up on a decent chance when his first-time strike at the edge of the box from Forrest's cross went wide.
Paddy McCourt replaced Commons for the start of the second half and the sight of the talented Irishman must have concerned the Pars defenders.
But there was a low-key start to the second period, with Celtic over-elaborating at times as they swarmed almost constantly around the Dunfermline box.
Ki even missed a penalty in the 56th minute after Dunfermline defender Paul Burns brought down Forrest just inside the 18-yard box, according to referee Bobby Madden.
The South Korea international sent the spot-kick wide, to stunned silence.
Then, in the 62nd minute Ki set up Stokes inside the box. Although the striker's shot beat Gallagher it rebounded off the post and the bedraggled Pars once more got off lightly.
Dunfermline were making occasional forays forward, as they had in the first half.
In the 70th minute Hoops goalkeeper Fraser Forster was forced to concede a corner from a low drive by Pars substitute Joe Cardle, on for Willis, before making another save from another Dunfermline substitute Liam Buchanan, who had replaced Andy Kirk.
Samaras came on for Stokes with 10 minutes remaining but in the 86th minute Barrowman fired an angled drive from the edge of the box low past Forster and in at the far post to set up a nervy ending, which Celtic were glad to see out.
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