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Emilio Izaguirre sends in a cross, Efrain Juarez produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Foul by Suso Santana on Emilio Izaguirre, free kick awarded. Charlie Mulgrew takes the direct free kick.
Mark Wilson delivers the ball, save made by Marian Kello.
The official flags Anthony Stokes offside. Indirect free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.
Daryl Murphy replaces Gary Hooper.
The ball is delivered by Emilio Izaguirre, Header by Anthony Stokes from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Mark Wilson decides to take a short corner.
Efrain Juarez replaces Beram Kayal.
The referee blows for offside. Ismael Bouzid takes the indirect free kick.
Goal scored by Patrick McCourt from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Celtic 4-0 Hearts.Assist by Scott Brown.
Foul by Joe Ledley on Suso Santana, free kick awarded. Marius Zaliukas takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ryan Stevenson, Charlie Mulgrew makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Ryan Stevenson, save by Fraser Forster.
Corner taken right-footed by Ryan Stevenson, clearance by Fraser Forster.
Anthony Stokes challenges Suso Santana unfairly and gives away a free kick. Suso Santana takes the free kick.
Anthony Stokes finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Celtic 3-0 Hearts.The assist for the goal came from Gary Hooper.
Gary Hooper is caught offside. Free kick taken by Marian Kello.
Suso Santana replaces David Templeton. Ian Black goes off and David Obua comes on. The referee shows Ian Black a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. The assistant referee signals for offside against Anthony Stokes. Ismael Bouzid restarts play with the free kick.
Scott Brown is cautioned.
The referee shows Marius Zaliukas a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
Anthony Stokes goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
Lee Wallace fouled by Mark Wilson, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Wallace takes the direct free kick.
Beram Kayal challenges Ruben Palazuelos unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ian Black takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Emilio Izaguirre by Ismael Bouzid results in a free kick. Anthony Stokes grabs a goal direct from the free kick from just outside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Celtic 2-0 Hearts.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ismael Bouzid on Emilio Izaguirre. Anthony Stokes grabs a goal direct from the free kick from just outside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Celtic 2-0 Hearts.
Anthony Stokes scores a goal from just outside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Celtic 2-0 Hearts.Unfair challenge on Emilio Izaguirre by Ismael Bouzid results in a free kick.
Foul by Stephen Elliott on Beram Kayal, free kick awarded. Scott Brown takes the free kick.
Shot by Gary Hooper from 12 yards. Save by Marian Kello.
Ruben Palazuelos on for Rudolf Skacel.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Anthony Stokes. Marius Zaliukas takes the free kick.
Effort on goal by Joe Ledley from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
Foul by Lee Wallace on Anthony Stokes, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Mark Wilson.
Emilio Izaguirre goes into the referee's book. Rudolf Skacel fouled by Emilio Izaguirre, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.
Charlie Mulgrew fouled by Stephen Elliott, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Rudolf Skacel from the right by-line, Joe Ledley manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Emilio Izaguirre on Ian Black, free kick awarded. Rudolf Skacel restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Lee Wallace.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Elliott on Scott Brown. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Rogne.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Anthony Stokes. Free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.
Rudolf Skacel is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Rudolf Skacel challenges Mark Wilson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Wilson takes the free kick.
Ian Black challenges Joe Ledley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Ryan Stevenson by Thomas Rogne results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.
Rudolf Skacel concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Mulgrew. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.
Rudolf Skacel challenges Scott Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Lee Wallace by Scott Brown results in a free kick. Lee Wallace restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Stephen Elliott. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.
Patrick McCourt replaces James Forrest.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Ismael Bouzid.
Marian Kello fouled by Gary Hooper, the ref awards a free kick. Marian Kello takes the free kick.
Foul by Emilio Izaguirre on David Templeton, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.
James Forrest concedes a free kick for a foul on Eggert Jonsson. Direct free kick taken by Eggert Jonsson.
The ball is swung over by Anthony Stokes, save by Marian Kello.
Scott Brown produces a cross, Marius Zaliukas makes a clearance.
Mark Wilson crosses the ball, Ismael Bouzid manages to make a clearance.
James Forrest is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Marian Kello.
The referee blows for offside. Marian Kello takes the indirect free kick.
Mark Wilson sends in a cross.
Mark Wilson is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Wilson on Rudolf Skacel. Marian Kello takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew, Marian Kello makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Rudolf Skacel on Scott Brown. Free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
Goal scored by James Forrest from the edge of the area to the top left corner of the goal. Celtic 1-0 Hearts.The assist for the goal came from Scott Brown.
Mark Wilson fouled by Ismael Bouzid, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
Scott Brown produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ismael Bouzid by Emilio Izaguirre. Direct free kick taken by Marian Kello.
Stephen Elliott concedes a free kick for a foul on Emilio Izaguirre. Emilio Izaguirre restarts play with the free kick.
Charlie Mulgrew takes the inswinging corner, save made by Marian Kello.
The match has kicked off.
The half-time whistle blows.
The game gets underway.
The referee starts the second half.
The final whistle is blown by the referee.
Forrest back from ban
James Forrest returns from suspension for Celtic's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Hearts at Parkhead.
But Daniel Majstorovic has been ruled out for up to three weeks with a hamstring strain picked up during the first half of Saturday's 1-0 defeat of Aberdeen leaving Thomas Rogne as the only recognised central defender available.
Rogne, however, insists left-back Charlie Mulgrew, who partnered him on Saturday when Majstorovic went off , and right-back Mark Wilson, are both capable of moving in to the middle of defence.
"I am probably the only true central defender left but we have boys who can step in and do a job," he said.
"I don't know who is playing beside me yet but Charlie did a good job in the last game and Willo can play centre-half.
"So we will be fine - it's not a crisis.
"It's a strange situation of course but these things happen with injuries and everything and you just have to deal with it.
"There is always a responsibility when you play and maybe a bit extra now that I'm the only centre-half but that's something I am looking forward to."
Striker Georgios Samaras is still out with a hamstring injury.
Kevin Kyle remains a doubt as Hearts bid to extend their 11-match unbeaten away run.
Striker Kyle missed last Saturday's 1-0 win over Rangers due to a groin injury and may be absent again, but Rudi Skacel is poised to continue in midfield after showing no ill-effects following a recent calf problem.
Suso Santana is poised to be on the substitutes' bench again following his knee injury, but Calum Elliot remains doubtful and Andrew Driver (thigh) is nearing a return.
Hearts thrashed by ruthless Bhoys
Celtic made a mockery of Hearts' Clydesdale Bank Premier League title credentials with a sound 4-0 thrashing of the Tynecastle side at Parkhead.
Pre-match talk was of the third-placed Gorgie side challenging the Old Firm for the title but they never recovered after falling behind to a James Forrest goal in the seventh minute.
The Hoops created numerous chances in a powerful performance and a second-half double from Anthony Stokes and a goal from substitute Paddy McCourt, on for the injured Forrest in the first half, cemented Celtic's place at the top of the SPL while at the same time ending Jambo hopes.
It was as convincing a performance as the Celtic fans have seen from their side this season as the hosts' defensive problems were forgotten.
Charlie Mulgrew was asked to team up with Thomas Rogne for the visit of the in-form Edinburgh side.
Rogne was the only recognised centre-back available to boss Neil Lennon and Mulgrew, normally a left-back, replaced Daniel Majstorovic who injured a hamstring against Aberdeen on Saturday.
Lennon made two other changes as Forrest, back from suspension, and midfielder Joe Ledley replaced Niall McGinn and McCourt, who both dropped to the bench.
Hearts, the last team to beat Celtic when they triumphed 2-0 at Tynecastle in November, arrived in Glasgow unbeaten in 11 SPL games.
During that run they had climbed to within two points of second-placed Rangers and seven behind the Hoops, having played a game less than the home side.
Their ability to exploit any potential weakness at the heart of the Celtic rearguard, however, was dealt a blow when powerful striker Kevin Kyle failed to recover from his groin injury and missed the game.
The visitors, though, had barely ventured up the park when Celtic took the lead in the seventh minute through the returning Forrest.
A clever flick by striker Gary Hooper was picked up by skipper Scott Brown who drove forward before releasing the Hoops winger on the left side of the penalty area and he appeared to take Hearts goalkeeper Marian Kello by surprise when he lashed in an unstoppable shot from 16 yards.
As Celtic dominated proceedings half-chances were being created -and spurned - with some regularity.
Unfortunately for Forrest, he had to depart in the 24th minute after picking up an injury, but ragged Hearts' task did not look any easier with the appearance of the talented McCourt.
Hearts' first real attempt came moments later in a rare break when striker Stephen Elliott flashed an angled shot from 14 yards past the far post.
Celtic refused to relinquish control of a match that was becoming increasingly tetchy by the minute, the home fans irked by the somewhat erratic performance of referee Euan Norris.
However, there was a moment of danger for Lennon's side in the 37th minute Hearts left-back Lee Wallace made a surging run in to the Parkhead box after taking a Rudi Skacel pass but his driven cross found no takers.
Moments later hesitation by Stokes in the Hearts box cost Celtic another chance to double their lead.
In the final frantic moments of the first half, as the visitors wobbled again, Ledley fired just wide from the edge of the box.
The SPL leaders should have had the points safely in the bag by the interval but with only one goal in it, Hearts retained hope.
Within a minute of the restart Kello was forced to make a point-blank save from Hooper after the former Scunthorpe hitman had again raced clear of the square defence.
The Tynecastle side, though, were punished again in the 50th minute when Stokes struck with a wonderful free-kick to give the home side some breathing space.
Celtic left-back Emilio Izaguirre was pulled back outside the Hearts box by Ismael Bouzid and from the resultant set-piece, the former Hibernian striker calmly curled the ball over the wall and past the diving Kello.
A huge melee ensued soon after when Black went in on McCourt, who had originally been fouled by Eggert Jonsson, and when order was restored Black and Hearts skipper Marius Zaliukas, and Brown and Stokes, were handed yellow cards by Norris who was taking fearsome stick from the home crowd.
Moments later, with the visitors all over the place, Hooper shot over the bar from close range.
The evening got worse for the wayward visitors. In the 71st minute Hooper again raced clear on to a Beram Kayal pass only to be brought down by Kello when he tried to round the goalkeeper, leaving the supporting Stokes to tap into an open goal for his second.
Celtic were rampant and in the 80th minute, with the Hearts defence again all at sea, McCourt curled in goal number four from just inside the box.
It was a fine way to end the Jambos' unbeaten league run while handing out a warning to chasing Old Firm rivals Rangers.
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