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Effort on goal by Kris Commons from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Sung-Yeung Ki decides to take the corner short.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki, Alex Keddie makes a clearance.
Gary Hooper has an effort at goal. Fraser Forster makes a save.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Georgios Samaras. Free kick taken by Chris Smith.
Patrick Boyle takes a shot. Save made by Fraser Forster.
James Forrest produces a cross.
Charlie Mulgrew takes a shot. Austin McCann gets a block in.
Short corner taken by Georgios Samaras.
Shot from 18 yards by Kris Commons. Save by Chris Smith.
Georgios Samaras decides to take the corner short.
Martin Hardie challenges Charlie Mulgrew unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
James Forrest produces a cross, Shot from just outside the area by Kris Commons goes over the bar.
The ball is swung over by Du-Ri Cha, clearance made by David Graham.
Martin Hardie concedes a free kick for a foul on Kelvin Wilson. Direct free kick taken by Kris Commons.
Georgios Samaras takes a short corner.
Pawel Brozek on for Scott Brown.
James Forrest fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Celtic 2-0 Dunfermline.Assist on the goal came from Gary Hooper.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Kris Commons, Paul Burns manages to make a clearance.
Gary Hooper gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Smith. Chris Smith takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Kris Commons, Ryan Thomson manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Scott Brown, clearance by Austin McCann.
The ball is swung over by Joe Ledley, clearance made by Alex Keddie.
Corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Paul Willis.
James Forrest comes on in place of Emilio Izaguirre. Georgios Samaras on for Anthony Stokes. Martin Hardie is brought on as a substitute for Liam Buchanan. Inswinging corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki from the left by-line, Alex Keddie makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Joe Ledley, Scott Brown takes a shot. Save by Chris Smith.
Unfair challenge on Kris Commons by Paul Willis results in a free kick. Shot comes in from Anthony Stokes from the free kick.
Kris Commons has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Paul Willis replaces Joe Cardle. Corner from the right by-line taken by Paul Willis, Ryan Thomson takes a shot. Emilio Izaguirre gets a block in.
Ryan Thomson concedes a free kick for a foul on Kelvin Wilson. Ryan Thomson receives a yellow card. Joe Ledley restarts play with the free kick.
Gary Hooper has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Joe Ledley takes a shot from 12 yards. Chris Smith makes a save.
Du-Ri Cha delivers the ball, Patrick Boyle manages to make a clearance.
Gary Hooper takes a shot. Save by Chris Smith.
Joe Ledley takes a shot. Chris Smith makes a save.
Du-Ri Cha crosses the ball.
Effort from deep inside the area by Gary Hooper misses to the left of the goal.
The ball is swung over by Emilio Izaguirre.
Centre by Du-Ri Cha, clearance made by Patrick Boyle.
Handball decision goes against Gary Hooper. Free kick taken by Kyle Hutton.
The ball is delivered by Sung-Yeung Ki, Headed effort from inside the area by Joe Ledley misses to the left of the goal.
The ball is crossed by Emilio Izaguirre, Shot by Anthony Stokes from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Emilio Izaguirre crosses the ball, clearance made by Andy Dowie.
The ball is sent over by Kris Commons, Chris Smith makes a save.
Centre by Anthony Stokes, clearance by Andy Dowie.
Austin McCann concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Hooper. Kris Commons takes the direct free kick.
Austin McCann joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kevin Rutkiewicz.
A cross is delivered by Anthony Stokes, clearance by Kevin Rutkiewicz.
Effort from just outside the area by Emilio Izaguirre goes over the target.
The ball is sent over by Du-Ri Cha, Patrick Boyle makes a clearance.
Emilio Izaguirre crosses the ball, Header from deep inside the area by Joe Ledley goes over the bar.
Kyle Hutton fouled by Scott Brown, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Andy Dowie.
Corner taken by Joe Cardle, Alex Keddie takes a shot. Fraser Forster makes a save.
Kris Commons takes a shot. Save made by Chris Smith.
Emilio Izaguirre gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Graham. Direct free kick taken by Chris Smith.
Corner taken by Kris Commons played to the near post, clearance by David Graham.
Kris Commons takes a shot. Save by Chris Smith.
Joe Cardle produces a cross, clearance by Sung-Yeung Ki.
Shot by Kris Commons. Chris Smith makes a save.
A cross is delivered by Anthony Stokes.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Graham by Emilio Izaguirre. Andy Dowie restarts play with the free kick.
Ryan Thomson challenges Joe Ledley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Ledley takes the direct free kick.
Charlie Mulgrew finds the net. Celtic 1-0 Dunfermline.Assist by Sung-Yeung Ki.
A cross is delivered by Emilio Izaguirre, clearance by Patrick Boyle.
Du-Ri Cha produces a cross, clearance made by Joe Cardle.
Centre by Kris Commons, Gary Hooper takes a shot. Save made by Andy Dowie.
Kris Commons delivers the ball, Alex Keddie makes a clearance.
Foul by Scott Brown on Patrick Boyle, free kick awarded. Chris Smith restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Kris Commons from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Chris Smith makes a save.
The ball is sent over by Du-Ri Cha.
Emilio Izaguirre sends in a cross.
Corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki from the left by-line.
Kris Commons decides to take a short corner.
Corner taken right-footed by Joe Cardle, Joe Ledley makes a clearance.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Sung-Yeung Ki, clearance made by Alex Keddie. Sung-Yeung Ki takes a outswinging corner.
Gary Hooper is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Chris Smith takes the indirect free kick.
Liam Buchanan challenges Emilio Izaguirre unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Emilio Izaguirre.
The ball is crossed by Du-Ri Cha, Chris Smith makes a comfortable save.
Kris Commons produces a cross, clearance by Kevin Rutkiewicz.
The ball is delivered by Anthony Stokes.
A cross is delivered by Du-Ri Cha, Kevin Rutkiewicz manages to make a clearance.
Sung-Yeung Ki takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Chris Smith.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Kris Commons, clearance by Patrick Boyle.
Centre by Du-Ri Cha, clearance by Patrick Boyle.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Anthony Stokes. Free kick taken by Chris Smith.
Centre by Du-Ri Cha.
The offside flag is raised against Liam Buchanan. Indirect free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
Same again for Hoops
Celtic manager Neil Lennon will pick from an unchanged squad for Wednesday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Dunfermline at Parkhead.
The Hoops beat Hibernian 5-0 at Easter Road on Sunday with all the players coming through unscathed.
Defender Mikael Lustig is back in training after recovering from a hip injury but is not included.
Celtic are expected to win easily against the bottom-side but, as expected, Lennon urged a note of caution.
He said: "Results haven't been great for them and probably the last team they would want to play would be us but again, we talk about the unpredictability of sport, anything can happen.
"They are fighting for their professional lives, they have been giving everything for Jim (McIntyre) and I expect it to be no different."
Dunfermline have a host of injury worries.
Nicky Phinn's nightmare season continued after the midfielder tore his hamstring in training and Jordan McMillan is a major doubt after sustaining an ankle injury in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Inverness.
Mark Kerr (ankle), Iain Turner (back), Steven Bell (knee) and Andrew Barrowman (calf) all also remain sidelined for the Pars.
Boss Jim McIntyre is anticipating a tough night in Glasgow.
"Celtic are on a fabulous run and they are playing a lot of free-flowing attacking football," he said.
"As well as that they also work very hard off the ball, that's something that all good teams do.
"I think we can be encouraged by our last visit to Celtic Park, when we lost the game 2-1. Celtic were a different side back then though and weren't playing with the confidence they are now, but I was proud of my players for battling to the very end.
"It's crucial that we don't give anything away and that if Celtic are going to get a goal then they'll have to earn it."
Mulgrew inspires Hoops
Charlie Mulgrew celebrated his first Scotland call-up with a wonderful strike in a 2-0 win against Dunfermline at Parkhead which helped take Celtic 20 points clear of Rangers at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
In the 33rd minute of one of the most one-sided games of the season, Mulgrew, in Craig Levein's squad for the friendly against Slovenia next week, fired high past Chris Smith from 30 yards for the opener.
The Fifers goalkeeper saved the defensive-minded Pars from more suffering until the 76th minute when substitute James Forrest, on for Emilio Izaguirre, made it number two from close range.
It was Celtic's 13th consecutive win in all competitions, equalling a feat achieved by Martin O'Neill's side in 2004, and it confirmed, if needed, that Neil Lennon's men certainly have the title all but sewn up, with a treble in their sights.
The Hoops manager made four changes with a view to utilising his squad in the run-in, as he had promised to do.
In came full-backs Cha Du-ri and Izaguirre and midfielders Ki Sung-yueng and Kris Commons with Adam Matthews and Forrest on the bench and Victor Wanyama and Thomas Rogne out altogether.
Dunfermline boss Jim McIntyre also made four changes, with defender Andy Dowie, midfielders Paul Burns and Ryan Thomson, and striker Liam Buchanan in for Martin Hardie, Gary Mason, Andy Kirk and Jordan McMillan.
The Fifers could have played them all, it would have been unlikely to have made a difference as Celtic dominated from start to finish.
It soon became clear the Pars would get 10 men behind the ball and leave Buchanan to forage on his own in attack.
Cha led the Celtic charge down the right flank but in the eighth minute it was his South Korea team mate, Ki, who tested Smith with a drive from distance which the keeper saved.
In the 19th minute, following the Pars' first corner of the game, Gary Hooper escaped the Dunfermline rearguard for the first time but Smith was adjudged to have got a touch to his shot to send it just past the post but again the Parkhead side failed to capitalise from the corner.
It was one-way traffic, Smith made another decent save, this time from Anthony Stokes' drive before Commons fired over the bar.
Lennon's side went down the right, down the left and through the middle in their bid to find space and Hooper succeeded again on the half-hour mark but his header was gathered by Smith.
But the breakthrough eventually came in the 33rd minute when Mulgrew decided he had had enough of the subtle approach and from 30 yards fired in a left-footed drive which gave Smith no chance.
As the home side set about sealing the win before the break, Hooper set up Commons but again Smith blocked the drive from 12 yards for a corner which came to nothing.
It was relentless pressure. Commons had yet another effort, this time a decent drive from outside the box, which Smith parried to safety.
In a fleeting appearance in the Hoops' box, defender Alex Keddie had a header from Joe Cardle's corner easily saved by Fraser Forster, who at last saw a bit of action.
The second half began in similar fashion to the way the first had ended with Celtic attacking and Dunfermline defending.
In the 50th minute Stokes had a great chance to make it 2-0 when Izaguirre's cross from wide on the left ended up at his feet eight yards out but with plenty of time and under no pressure, he slid the ball past the post.
Next it was Hooper's turn to miss a good chance, the former Scunthorpe striker screwing the ball wide of the target from 10 yards after the ball had broken to him when Cha had failed to get on to a clever pass from Commons.
There was simply no respite for the Pars and in the 55th minute Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley fired at Smith after Cha had set him up with a fine cut-back, before the Fifers keeper had to parry again from Hooper, who then thrashed the ball over the bar from close range to end another home attack.
Just after the hour mark Thomson's goal-bound header from a Paul Willis corner, his first touch since coming on for Cardle, was headed off the line by Izaguirre.
Smith was soon back in action and he did well to tip a shot from Celtic skipper Scott Brown over the bar after good work from Ki with nothing coming from the corner once more.
In the 76th minute substitute Forrest stabbed in Hooper's cross at the back post for number two.
The turkey-shoot continued with Commons flashing a shot from the edge of the box over the bar before Smith fumbled his low drive from similar distance before the ball was eventually cleared to safety.
There was time for the luckless Smith to make another two saves from Hooper and the final whistle came as a relief to the battered visitors as Celtic march on.
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