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Ryan McGowan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Forrest. Anthony Stokes leaves the field to be replaced by Mohamed Bangura. Victor Wanyama restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Mehdi Taouil from the right by-line, clearance by Victor Wanyama.
Scott Brown is adjudged to have handled the ball. Penalty taken by Eggert Jonsson saved by Fraser Forster. Celtic 1-0 Hearts.
Mehdi Taouil takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.
The ball is crossed by Stephen Elliott, Daniel Majstorovic gets a block in.
The official flags Anthony Stokes offside. Free kick taken by Marian Kello.
Charlie Mulgrew delivers the ball, clearance by Adrian Mrowiec.
Mehdi Taouil takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.
Andrew Driver crosses the ball, Du-Ri Cha gets a block in.
The ball is delivered by Anthony Stokes, save by Marian Kello.
Ryan Stevenson is caught offside. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.
Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Marian Kello makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Driver on Du-Ri Cha. Sung-Yeung Ki restarts play with the free kick.
(Hearts) makes a substitution, with Andrew Driver coming on for David Templeton. Scott Robinson goes off and Stephen Elliott comes on.
Header by Georgios Samaras from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Du-Ri Cha by David Templeton. The referee cautions David Templeton for unsporting behaviour. Scott Brown restarts play with the free kick.
Ian Black gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Brown. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
Victor Wanyama gets on the score sheet with a goal from outside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Celtic 1-0 Hearts.Charlie Mulgrew provided the assist for the goal.
Marius Zaliukas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Stokes. Scott Robinson goes into the book. Charlie Mulgrew delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by Adrian Mrowiec.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mehdi Taouil by Scott Brown. Direct free kick taken by Eggert Jonsson.
The ball is swung over by Charlie Mulgrew, Marian Kello makes a save.
The referee blows for offside against Mehdi Taouil. (Celtic) makes a substitution, with Sung-Yeung Ki coming on for Beram Kayal. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Charlie Mulgrew.
Charlie Mulgrew takes the inswinging corner, Marian Kello makes a save.
The ball is crossed by Du-Ri Cha, blocked by Ryan McGowan.
Handball decision goes against Mehdi Taouil. Direct free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
Foul by Georgios Samaras on Jamie Hamill, free kick awarded. Jamie Hamill takes the free kick.
Ryan McGowan concedes a free kick for a foul on James Forrest. Ryan McGowan goes into the referee's book. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick.
Anthony Stokes takes a shot.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Brown on Ian Black. Free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.
Beram Kayal takes a shot. Marian Kello makes a save.
Charlie Mulgrew crosses the ball, Adrian Mrowiec manages to make a clearance.
Beram Kayal takes a shot. Save by Marian Kello.
Long range shot from Scott Robinson misses to the left of the goal.
Outswinging corner taken by Ian Black from the left by-line, save by Fraser Forster.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Georgios Samaras by Ian Black. James Forrest takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Scott Brown on Ian Black, free kick awarded. Jamie Hamill restarts play with the free kick.
Ian Black fouled by Beram Kayal, the ref awards a free kick. Marian Kello takes the direct free kick.
Ryan McGowan concedes a free kick for a foul on Beram Kayal. Direct free kick taken by Victor Wanyama.
Ryan McGowan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Forrest. Direct free kick taken by Beram Kayal.
Georgios Samaras delivers the ball, clearance made by Adrian Mrowiec.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ian Black, save by Fraser Forster.
Scott Brown challenges Scott Robinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ian Black.
The ball is delivered by Anthony Stokes, Marius Zaliukas manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by David Templeton, Du-Ri Cha gets a block in.
Georgios Samaras sends in a cross, clearance by Adrian Mrowiec.
Ryan Stevenson sends in a cross, Charlie Mulgrew makes a clearance.
Handball by Eggert Jonsson. Beram Kayal takes the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Du-Ri Cha, Marius Zaliukas makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Beram Kayal by Scott Robinson. Free kick taken by Beram Kayal.
The ball is sent over by Du-Ri Cha, Ryan McGowan manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Du-Ri Cha.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Eggert Jonsson by Anthony Stokes. Marius Zaliukas restarts play with the free kick.
Shot by Scott Robinson from just outside the area goes over the net.
Gary Hooper has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.
Foul by Ryan McGowan on James Forrest, free kick awarded. Charlie Mulgrew produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Ryan McGowan challenges James Forrest unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
Georgios Samaras delivers the ball, save by Marian Kello.
Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line, save by Marian Kello.
Du-Ri Cha crosses the ball, blocked by Ryan McGowan.
Foul by David Templeton on Du-Ri Cha, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
The official flags Ryan Stevenson offside. Daniel Majstorovic restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by James Forrest.
The offside flag is raised against Gary Hooper. Free kick taken by Marian Kello.
Short corner taken by Ian Black.
The ball is crossed by Scott Robinson, blocked by Victor Wanyama.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Charlie Mulgrew, Jamie Hamill manages to make a clearance.
Charlie Mulgrew takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Marius Zaliukas.
Unfair challenge on Beram Kayal by Ian Black results in a free kick. Du-Ri Cha takes the direct free kick.
Du-Ri Cha produces a cross, Adrian Mrowiec manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Jamie Hamill.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line, Marius Zaliukas manages to make a clearance.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Anthony Stokes. Marian Kello restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Jamie Hamill, save by Fraser Forster.
Effort on goal by Scott Robinson from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Jamie Hamill produces a cross, Glenn Loovens makes a clearance.
Daniel Majstorovic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Stevenson. Free kick taken by Jamie Hamill.
Hoops have had no leniency - Lennon
Neil Lennon has told Ally McCoist not to suggest Celtic have been shown any leniency by the Scottish Football Association - because the Hoops boss has a list of grievances that would take "until Christmas" to go through.
The Rangers manager on Thursday hit out at the decision of the SFA's three-man fast track tribunal to ban Sone Aluko for two games for diving in last week's 2-1 Clydesdale Bank Premier League win against Dunfermline. saying he was "absolutely shocked and extremely angry".
McCoist also made reference to several other incidents where sanctions were not imposed, alluding to two believed to involve Celtic players. Hoops striker Georgios Samaras escaped punishment following an incident with Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor in an Old Firm derby last season.
This season, after Motherwell midfielder Steve Jennings accused Celtic striker Gary Hooper of deliberately striking him in the face, his claims were not investigated by the SFA.
Lennon was delighted to pick up the Clydesdale Bank Premier League manager of the month for November at Celtic Park but was unhappy when told that McCoist had, in particular, inferred that a Hoops player had been let off following the alleged incident at Motherwell.
"Did he?" said the Irishman. "Did he infer that about one of our players?
"If you want me to go down that route and pour over contentious decisions that went against us, I will be here until Christmas.
"I have not seen his comments and I don't want to get drawn into tit-for-tat but if you want to talk about contentious issues against my team, you will be here all day.
"There hasn't been too many this season. We got one that went for us at Inverness (Greg Tansey's sending off after an aerial duel with Samaras) and a lot was made about that, a lot more than what should have been.
"Comparing that one with the one this week (Aluko), I find totally ridiculous and out of context. As I say each case is taken on its own merits.
"You have to give it (fast-track tribunal) a chance. Everyone is not going to be happy with it, as someone said, you win some, you lose some.
"It gets highlighted more when an Old Firm player gets involved and whether we agree with that process or not, it has been agreed at the start of the season and we have to abide with that."
On the pitch, Celtic are four points behind Rangers at the top of the table and take on Hearts at Parkhead on Saturday.
Adam Matthews is very doubtful for the clash.
The Wales right-back twisted his ankle in training and could join midfielders Kris Commons (thigh) and Joe Ledley (ankle) on the sidelines.
Defender Kelvin Wilson and Thomas Rogne have recovered fully from their respective Achilles and hamstring injuries and are in contention.
Hearts players remain in the dark over their unpaid wages ahead of the encounter.
The Hearts first-team squad are awaiting overdue wages for the second successive month and no indication of a date for payment is forthcoming, while the Scottish Premier League have refused to become involved in the row unless a complaint is received from the players.
Reports have suggested owner Vladimir Romanov has asked the players to wait until March for their earnings and earn an extra percentage on top for their patience - but the squad were said to have rejected the request.
Wages are due on the 16th of each month, but October's salary was received on November 4 and last month's salary remains outstanding. It is a desperate situation exacerbated by the proximity of Christmas.
The players received a #1000 part-payment earlier this week from funds generated from last weekend's loss to St Johnstone at Tynecastle, but many are contracted for five times that amount and more in a week.
The players' union, PFA Scotland believe the SPL have "the power of inquiry into financial arrangements between clubs and players within their current regulations" and union chief executive Fraser Wishart demanded they act after losing patience with Hearts. However, the SPL insisted they could not intervene without receiving a complaint from the players.
Andy Webster is a doubt for the clash.
Defender Webster came off at half-time in the loss to St Johnstone last weekend with a calf problem.
Left-back Danny Grainger is out for around six weeks after undergoing groin surgery, defender Darren Barr (groin) is also missing, while striker Kevin Kyle, forward Gary Glen and winger Suso Santana remain out.
Hoops hold their nerve
Victor Wanyama's first goal for Celtic sunk Hears 1-0 and took the Hoops back to within four points of Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders Rangers, but it took a late and dramatic Fraser Forster penalty save to secure the home win.
Anthony Stokes' second-half header which hit the bar was the closest Celtic had come to breaking the deadlock before the Kenyan drove high past Marian Kello in the 72nd minute to apparently ease the pressure on Neil Lennon's men, who had been hitherto unconvincing.
Two minutes from time, though, Wanyama conceded a penalty when he was adjudged by referee Calum Murray to have handled in the box as Celtic defended with some desperation but Forster dived to his left to save Eggert Jonsson's spot-kick.
Celtic head into Thursday night's do-or-die Europa League game against Udinese in Italy - where victory is required to get through to the knock-out stages - buoyed by the win which keeps their title hopes alive and kicking.
For Hearts, one wonders how their season is going to develop after yet another blow.
PFA Scotland, the players' union, this week urged the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football Association to intervene over the continual non-payment of salaries.
That was mostly forgotten by the end of a game which took so long to come to life.
Lennon made one enforced change to his side after defender Adam Matthews was ruled out with an ankle injury.
Charlie Mulgrew came in at left-back while Hearts showed three changes with Ian Black, Scott Robinson and Ryan Stevenson for Andy Webster, John Sutton and Rudi Skacel, the latter starting on the bench.
On a freezing cold day the supporters were looking for some entertaining football to warm them up but the first half was simply dire.
An early through ball by Georgios Samaras in the eighth minute, which was just too strong for wide-man James Forrest, was the first sign of anything resembling a threat to the Tynecastle men.
Mulgrew then had mixed success with corners from both sides, albeit they all came to nothing.
The Hoops momentum appeared at times to build, mostly down the right through Forrest and right-back Cha Du-ri, before quickly subsiding, to the frustration of the home fans.
Parkhead striker Gary Hooper missed Celtic's first real chance on the half-hour mark when he drove past the far post from close range after taking a Forrest pass, following good work by Cha.
Moments later, at the other end, Robinson drove high over the bar with a shot from distance but this remained a turgid encounter.
In the 34th minute Samaras, working from wide on the left, burst into the box before setting up Hooper but Celtic's top scorer got an unfortunate break of the ball which escaped into the arms of Hearts keeper Kello.
Three minutes from the break Stokes had a decent strike from distance but Kello parried and skipper Marius Zaliukas headed the ball back into his arms.
Scott Brown replaced stopper Glenn Loovens for the start of the second half, taking the armband from stand-in skipper Beram Kayal, as Wanyama moved back from midfield into defence.
But there was little immediate change and in the 55th minute as Hearts became slightly more confident, Robinson had another effort from distance, this time a powerful drive which went just wide of Forster's right-hand post.
At the other end, Brown set up Kayal whose right-footed shot on the slide from the edge of the box was saved by Kello but it looked as if the nerves among the Celtic defence returned whenever Hearts came forward.
Going forward, however, things looked a little more positive for the home side.
On the hour mark Forrest raced down the right and stood the ball up for Stokes whose header from 10 yards crashed off the top of the bar before going behind.
South Korea midfielder Ki Sung-yueng replaced Kayal as Lennon tried something different and he was rewarded soon afterwards although it was Wanyama who gave the home side the lead.
As Celtic pinned Hearts back into their own box, the ball broke to the Kenyan who fired the ball from 25 yards high past Kello.
The dam had burst and minutes later Hearts substituted Black, Robinson and David Templeton for David Obua, Andrew Driver and Stephen Elliott.
Celtic were moving forward with some purpose now but six minutes from time Jambos' midfielder Mehdi Taouil had a strike saved by Forster at his right-hand post.
Two minutes from time there was potentially title-changing drama when Hearts were handed a lifeline, with Forster emerging the hero.
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