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Short corner worked by Shaun Maloney.
Patrick McCourt gets on the score sheet with a brilliant goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Celtic 3-0 Hearts.
Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Save by Marian Kello.
Foul by David Obua on Beram Kayal, free kick awarded. Daniel Majstorovic takes the free kick.
Georgios Samaras produces a cross, clearance made by Ismael Bouzid.
The referee blows for offside against Georgios Samaras. Marian Kello takes the free kick.
Ryan McGowan comes on in place of Ryan Stevenson.
Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Marian Kello makes a save.
James Forrest crosses the ball, Darren Barr makes a clearance.
Ruben Palazuelos challenges James Forrest unfairly and gives away a free kick. Booking for Ruben Palazuelos for unsporting behaviour. Anthony Stokes leaves the field to be replaced by Patrick McCourt. Beram Kayal takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony Stokes on Marian Kello. Marian Kello takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Shaun Maloney.
Inswinging corner taken by David Templeton from the left by-line, save by Fraser Forster.
Georgios Samaras is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Marian Kello.
Calum Elliot replaces Ian Black.
Georgios Samaras takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
Shaun Maloney takes a shot. Save made by Marian Kello.
Inswinging corner taken by Emilio Izaguirre, save made by Marian Kello.
The ball is swung over by Anthony Stokes, save by Marian Kello.
Adrian Mrowiec concedes a free kick for a foul on Shaun Maloney. Georgios Samaras joins the action as a substitute, replacing Daryl Murphy. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Majstorovic.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Glenn Loovens on David Obua. Direct free kick taken by Ruben Palazuelos.
(Hearts) makes a substitution, with David Obua coming on for Kevin Kyle.
Suso Santana crosses the ball, James Forrest manages to make a clearance.
David Templeton sends in a cross, clearance by Glenn Loovens.
Du-Ri Cha sends in a cross, save by Marian Kello.
James Forrest produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Suso Santana. Beram Kayal is brought on as a substitute for Scott Brown. Free kick taken by Glenn Loovens.
Adrian Mrowiec concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Majstorovic. Daniel Majstorovic takes the free kick.
Suso Santana takes a shot. Save made by Fraser Forster.
The ball is delivered by James Forrest.
Emilio Izaguirre fouled by David Templeton, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Majstorovic.
Scott Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ian Black. Eggert Jonsson restarts play with the free kick.
Suso Santana sends in a cross, save made by Fraser Forster.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David Templeton from the left by-line, save by Fraser Forster.
David Templeton fouled by James Forrest, the ref awards a free kick. David Templeton restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Anthony Stokes from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Ruben Palazuelos sends in a cross, clearance made by Emilio Izaguirre.
The referee blows for offside. Fraser Forster takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ian Black by Joe Ledley. Marian Kello restarts play with the free kick.
Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Save made by Marian Kello.
Shaun Maloney finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Celtic 2-0 Hearts.Assist by Anthony Stokes.
Daryl Murphy sends in a cross, save by Marian Kello.
Anthony Stokes is caught offside. Free kick taken by Marian Kello.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Kevin Kyle. Fraser Forster takes the indirect free kick.
Ian Black gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Brown. Glenn Loovens restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Suso Santana on Du-Ri Cha, free kick awarded. Glenn Loovens takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Marian Kello takes the indirect free kick.
Joe Ledley takes a shot. Save by Marian Kello.
Ismael Bouzid challenges Daryl Murphy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Shaun Maloney.
Emilio Izaguirre produces a cross.
Unfair challenge on Daniel Majstorovic by Suso Santana results in a free kick. Glenn Loovens takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Daryl Murphy. Free kick taken by Eggert Jonsson.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Anthony Stokes. Marian Kello restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Kevin Kyle from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Daryl Murphy on Suso Santana. Direct free kick taken by Eggert Jonsson.
Foul by Scott Brown on Suso Santana, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ismael Bouzid.
Kevin Kyle fouled by Daniel Majstorovic, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by David Templeton from right channel.
James Forrest finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Celtic 1-0 Hearts.The assist for the goal came from Daryl Murphy.
Suso Santana takes a shot from a just insdie the area and hits the post.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Kevin Kyle. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Kyle by Daniel Majstorovic. Eggert Jonsson takes the direct free kick.
Suso Santana is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Emilio Izaguirre.
Centre by Darren Barr, Du-Ri Cha makes a clearance.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Kevin Kyle. Indirect free kick taken by Glenn Loovens.
Corner from the right by-line taken by David Templeton, clearance by Joe Ledley.
Ryan Stevenson takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by David Templeton, Kevin Kyle takes a shot. Fraser Forster makes a fantastic save.
Effort from just outside the area by Ryan Stevenson goes over the bar.
The referee blows for offside against Suso Santana. Glenn Loovens takes the free kick.
Du-Ri Cha fouled by Ryan Stevenson, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Emilio Izaguirre, Marian Kello makes a save.
The ball is sent over by Anthony Stokes, Eggert Jonsson makes a clearance.
Ian Black gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Ledley. Free kick taken by Daniel Majstorovic.
Emilio Izaguirre concedes a free kick for a foul on Adrian Mrowiec. Direct free kick taken by Ismael Bouzid.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Anthony Stokes goes wide right of the target.
Kevin Kyle is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
David Templeton produces a cross, Fraser Forster makes a save.
Emilio Izaguirre crosses the ball, save by Marian Kello.
Foul by Kevin Kyle on Du-Ri Cha, free kick awarded. Daniel Majstorovic restarts play with the free kick.
The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
The second half kicks off.
The half-time whistle blows.
The final whistle goes and the game is over.
Stokes set for Celtic bow
Anthony Stokes could make his Celtic debut in their Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Hearts at Parkhead.
The Republic of Ireland international, 22, became Hoops manager Neil Lennon's 11th signing of the summer when he agreed a four-year deal after leaving Hibernian.
Striker Gary Hooper is still short of fitness but defenders Mark Wilson and Thomas Rogne are back in contention after recovering from knocks.
Stokes is hoping for a goalscoring debut for Celtic against old foes Hearts.
The former Hibernian striker struck twice against the Gorgie men last season to help him become the Easter Road club's top scorer and earn a move to Parkhead.
He scored in a 1-1 home draw and a penalty in a 2-1 defeat to their Edinburgh rivals at the same venue later in the season.
And the 22-year-old striker is looking for another goal against the Tynecastle men if he is given his first opportunity in a Hoops shirt.
He said: "The Hearts games were brilliant, there was always a great atmosphere and the lads were well up for it.
"I've been lucky enough to score a few goals against them so hopefully I can get a few more.
"I don't think I'm going to get a good reception (from the Hearts fans) but that's part and parcel of football."
Lee Wallace and Marius Zaliukas are unavailable for Hearts so Jim Jefferies is poised to hand Eggert Jonsson the captain's armband.
Wallace is out for at least three months after tearing the posterior cruciate ligament in his knee playing for Scotland while talks over the future of Zaliukas, who also has a knee problem, continue.
Stephen Elliott (hamstring) is still rated doubtful and the match comes too soon for Andrew Driver (knee), who has returned to light training.
Calum Elliot, Gary Glen and David Obua are all in contention and Ruben Palazuelos is available again following suspension.
Jefferies knows Hearts will have to be at their best to emerge from Parkhead with their unbeaten record intact.
"It will be a tough game," he said.
"I've heard that the last time they played there they were on fire (beating St Mirren 4-0).
"They've had a couple of good victories there and they've got some good players who I think will get better and better.
"We've got to go there and be as positive as we can. We're not going to sit back - I think that's asking for trouble.
"We'll make sure we're well organised, tight, hopefully create a few chances and, more importantly, take them."
Hoops back on top
Celtic returned to the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Hearts at Parkhead.
The game turned in the 28th minute when, a few seconds after Gorgie midfielder Suso Santana had hit the post with a drive, James Forrest opened the scoring by knocking in a Daryl Murphy cross from close range.
Hearts boss Jim Jefferies was sent to the stand by referee Willie Collum immediately after for complaining about an offside in the lead-up to the goal but Shaun Maloney grabbed a clinching second before the break and in the dying stages Paddy McCourt, on for Anthony Stokes, scored a wonderful third.
Stokes was making his Celtic debut - the 22-year-old Irishman, signed from Hibernian just before the transfer window closed, replaced Georgios Samaras to line up in attack alongside former Sunderland team-mate Murphy.
Tynecastle boss Jefferies was without left-back Lee Wallace, who suffered a cruciate ligament injury playing for Scotland against Liechtenstein at Hampden in midweek.
Ruben Palazuelos replaced Craig Thomson, who started on the bench.
Before kick-off there was an enthusiastic minute's applause to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the death of legendary Celtic manager Jock Stein.
In the 10th minute, Stokes finished off a passage of play by driving just wide of the post from distance.
But the visitors responded and in the 18th minute, Kevin Kyle's header from a David Templeton corner was well saved at the back post by Celtic keeper Fraser Forster, who moments later had to tip Ryan Stevenson's attempted lob over the bar.
In the 27th minute Suso Santana was set up 25 yards from goal by Stevenson and although his low drive beat Forster, it rebounded off the keeper's right-hand post - and then Celtic raced up the park to grab the opener.
Maloney sent Murphy running down the right and into the penalty area and, when his ball came across the six-yard box, Forrest was on hand at the back post to bundle the ball into the net.
Hearts boss Jefferies was then sent to the stand for complaining that there should have been an offside in the lead-up to the goal.
But there was no controversy around Celtic's second goal a minute from the break when Maloney was sent clear by Stokes, the Scotland international rounding Marian Kello before slotting into the net.
It looked a long way back for the Edinburgh side and they should have been 3-0 down in the 50th minute when a clever Stokes flick released Murphy, but Kello guessed correctly as the Irishman drove into the box and saved at his feet.
Then, in the 57th minute, Maloney had at least two chances to grab his second goal following a Forrest cross from the right into a packed Hearts box, but Kello pounced on the loose ball.
Moments later Hearts had a claim for a penalty when Celtic defender Emilio Izaguirre clashed with Templeton at the edge of the box but it was declined by referee Collum.
In the 71st minute Celtic substitute Samaras, on for Murphy, shot just over the bar and then had the ball in the net minutes later only to be ruled offside.
The home side continually threatened to add to the lead and Kello made a fantastic save from Samaras after Maloney had set him up eight yards out.
The Greece striker was again foiled by the Hearts keeper a minute from time, but Celtic substitute Paddy McCourt, on for Stokes, scored a wonderful solo goal right at the end to make it 3-0.
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