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  • Date:14 Dec 2013
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Celtic Park
  • Attendance:46,065
  • Pukki (28)

Live Commentary

The referee brings the game to a close.

92:44 +2.44

Free kick taken by Emilio Izaguirre.

92:37 +2.37

Scott Robertson challenges Kris Commons unfairly and gives away a free kick.

91:31 +1.31

Emilio Izaguirre makes a clearance.

91:26 +1.26

Ben Williams takes the free kick.

90:54 +0.54

Unfair challenge on Jordon Forster by Georgios Samaras results in a free kick.


Foul by Emilio Izaguirre on Kevin Thomson, free kick awarded.


Free kick taken by Kevin Thomson.


Emilio Izaguirre challenges Abdellah Zoubir unfairly and gives away a free kick.


Kris Commons restarts play with the free kick.


Scott Brown fouled by Abdellah Zoubir, the ref awards a free kick.


Shot by Abdellah Zoubir cleared the target.


Kevin Thomson replaces Lewis Stevenson.


The ball is crossed by Ryan McGivern.


Kris Commons fouled by Scott Robertson, the ref awards a free kick.


Corner taken by Kris Commons from the left by-line.


Kris Commons crosses the ball in from the free kick.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kris Commons by Ryan McGivern.


Abdellah Zoubir takes a shot. Fraser Forster catches the ball.


Free kick crossed by Liam Craig.


Foul by Nir Biton on Jordon Forster, free kick awarded.


Emilio Izaguirre booked for unsporting behaviour.


Free kick taken by Emilio Izaguirre.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Ledley by Jordon Forster.


Ben Williams takes the free kick.


Georgios Samaras is caught offside.


Corner taken by Kris Commons from the right by-line.


Mikael Lustig leaves the field to be replaced by Adam Matthews.


Jordon Forster challenges Emilio Izaguirre unfairly and gives away a free kick.


The referee blows for offside.


Free kick crossed by Liam Craig.


Jordon Forster fouled by Anthony Stokes, the ref awards a free kick.


Efe Ambrose takes the free kick.


Unfair challenge on Scott Brown by James Collins results in a free kick.


Emilio Izaguirre produces a cross.


Abdellah Zoubir on for Paul Cairney.


Jason Cummings on for Danny Handling.


Anthony Stokes shoots direct from the free kick.


Liam Craig challenges Mikael Lustig unfairly and gives away a free kick.


Liam Craig takes the chance to get an effort at goal and hits the post.


Lewis Stevenson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Brown.


Shot by Kris Commons. A parry by Ben Williams prevents the goal.


Georgios Samaras is brought on as a substitute for Teemu Pukki.


Paul Hanlon makes a clearance.


Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Ben Williams parries the ball away.


Paul Cairney manages to make a clearance.


Scott Robertson has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.


Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Kris Commons. Ben Williams parries the ball away.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kris Commons by Scott Robertson.


Shot by Scott Brown.


Shot by Danny Handling went over.

The referee gets the second half underway.

The referee calls an end to the first half.


Corner from the right by-line taken by Liam Craig.


Emilio Izaguirre manages to make a clearance.


Clearance by Michael Nelson.


Shot by Teemu Pukki cleared the bar.


Corner taken by Paul Cairney.


Virgil van Dijk manages to make a clearance.


Shot comes in from Anthony Stokes from the free kick.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Robertson on Kris Commons.


Corner taken by Anthony Stokes.


Corner taken by Kris Commons.


Anthony Stokes has an effort at goal.


The ball is sent over by Emilio Izaguirre.


Teemu Pukki scores a right footed goal. Celtic 1-0 Hibernian.The assist for the goal came from Joe Ledley.


A cross is delivered by Emilio Izaguirre.


Clearance by Paul Hanlon.


Clearance made by Michael Nelson.


Clearance by Paul Hanlon.


Corner taken by Kris Commons.


The assistant referee flags for offside against James Collins.


Paul Hanlon takes the free kick.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Craig by Nir Biton.


Teemu Pukki is caught offside.


Corner taken by Kris Commons.


Corner taken by Kris Commons from the left by-line.


Free kick taken by Emilio Izaguirre.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Emilio Izaguirre by Jordon Forster.


Clearance by Michael Nelson.

The match gets underway.

Match Preview

Lennon: Celtic won't spend big Neil Lennon insists Celtic will not stray from their frugal signing policy despite their Champions League exit - because it is "impossible" for the Hoops to compete with Europe's top spenders. The Scottish champions were hammered 6-1 by Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Wednesday as they finished rock bottom of Group H. It was a far cry from last year's European campaign which saw them beat the Catalan giants on their way to the last 16. Following that painful midweek defeat, midfielder Kris Commons claimed the club need to abandon their buy-cheap-sell-high approach and instead invest heavily on quality targets if they were to compete with the continent's biggest sides. But Lennon - who admitted his side were financial "lightweights" compared to group-stage opponents Barca, AC Milan and Ajax - believes that is too much of a gamble with the club's meagre resources. "It's not that it's hard to compete with these sides financially, it's impossible," said the Northern Irishman. "Barcelona's wage bill is B#210million. Ours is a fraction of that. "We are in a difficult position because of where we play our football domestically. "When you have three qualifiers you have no guarantee that you will get to the Champions League. When you do [qualify], you have a two-week window to attract players and that is a difficult thing to do. Even when we bought Virgil Van Dijk and Amido Balde in June, we only had three weeks before we were playing qualifiers. "Even if we has spent B#7million on a striker, would that have guaranteed us getting into the last 16? "Shakhtar Donetsk spent B#160million and didn't qualify. Juventus didn't, Naopli didn't, neither did Benfica. We overachieved last year [when we got to the last 16] but this time finished fourth in a group where we were seeded fourth. It is what it is." He added: "But the challenge of it is to try and compete on the pitch. Somewhere in the back of my crappy old mind, I think we can beat these sides. Sometimes you get a bloody nose and sometimes you get a result like last year when we beat Barcelona." But Lennon - who attended a board meeting on Friday morning - refused to take issue with Commons' outburst, saying: "Look, I did the same in 2005 after we lost to Shakhtar Donetsk. Dermot Desmond spoke to me after and made it pretty clear where we are. Maybe Kris needs to be made aware of that too. "In the raw emotion of a defeat like that things can get said that maybe he means but probably doesn't understand the full story. Maybe for some of the senior players it's important we sit them down and explain where we really are." Still angry with his side's display against Barca, Lennon has promised change for Saturday's Scottish Premiership clash with Hibernian at Celtic Park. He said: "I picked a team to do a job on Wednesday and I have to take responsibility for that. It hurts me more than anyone else. I'm a proud man and I didn't like what I saw in some facets of the game." Hibernian's Paul Cairney insists he is not worried about being tagged a diver. The midfielder was sent off at Ross County a fortnight ago after collecting a second yellow card when referee Craig Thomson decided he had deliberately taken a tumble as he tried to go past goalkeeper Mark Brown. His Dingwall dismissal followed two controversial incidents last year, both involving Kilmarnock. The first saw then Kilmarnock boss Kenny Shiels claim the former Partick player should be suspended, with the Northern Irishman insisting Cairney had gone down too easily to win a spot-kick during a clash in Leith in September 2012. And the second two months later saw him booked for diving as he tried to go past Michael Nelson - now one of his Hibernian colleagues - during a 1-1 draw at Rugby Park. The big defender later cleared Cairney of simulation and the 26-year-old says he is not worried about gaining the type of reputation that has troubled Aberdeen youngster Peter Pawlet. Cairney said: "I was disappointed to get sent off against County. "The same thing happened twice last year with Kilmarnock and everyone came out and said I was a diver. "It can be hard for the refs. They have to make a decision in a split-second and have thousands of fans shouting at them. "Kenny Shiels had a lot to say after the first incident but I had to have a wee chuckle when he came out and said all those things. "But then the next time we played them, Michael Nelson brought me down in the box and I got booked. But then Nelson came out on TV and said it was a stonewall penalty, so it obviously just comes down to who you get referee-wise. "But it's now three times I've had this in the last year and a bit. It's frustrating because I know I'm definitely not diving. But am I worried about getting a reputation? No, it's not something I'm bothered about." Hibs face a daunting trip to Celtic Park on Saturday to face the club Cairney supported as a boy. He struck his first Hibs goal in a 2-2 draw at Parkhead last season as his equaliser denied Neil Lennon's side the three points. But Cairney admits the weekend trip might leave his dad, Paul senior, with split loyalties. The midfielder - who has played just three games this term after an ankle injury kept him out for four months - said: "I scored there last season and hopefully I can score again on Saturday. "My dad will be there again but will be in the Celtic end. However, he will want Hibs to win and for me to put in a strong performance. "His friends gave me a bit of stick for scoring against them but if we can get a victory this time I will be giving them plenty back." Scott Robertson could return for Hibernian as they head west. The former Scotland midfielder missed last weekend's match with Partick due to a hamstring strain but is back in the squad for the Scottish Premiership meeting with Lennon's Hoops. Defender James McPake had surgery on a back injury this week but will not be back in action until the New Year, while striker Paul Heffernan (thigh) and winger Alex Harris (ankle) are still short of fitness.

Formation:433Manager: Neil Lennon


Formation: 4411Manager: Terry Butcher


  • Fraser Forster
  • Mikael Lustig
  • Efe Ambrose
  • Virgil van Dijk
  • Emilio Izaguirre
  • Scott Brown
  • Nir Biton
  • Joe Ledley
  • Kris Commons
  • Anthony Stokes
  • Teemu Pukki
  • SUBS
  • Adam Matthews
  • Georgios Samaras
  • Amido Balde
  • Lukasz Zaluska
  • Bahrudin Atajic
  • Darnell Fisher
  • Liam Henderson



Match Report

Form Guide

  • Celtic
  • VS
  • Hibernian

Last Meetings

  • Hibernian
  • 1 - 1
  • Celtic
  • 19/10/2013
  • Celtic
  • 3 - 0
  • Hibernian
  • 06/04/2013
  • Hibernian
  • 1 - 0
  • Celtic
  • 29/12/2012
  • Celtic
  • 2 - 2
  • Hibernian
  • 01/09/2012
  • Hibernian
  • 0 - 5
  • Celtic
  • 19/02/2012
  • Celtic
  • 0 - 0
  • Hibernian
  • 29/10/2011

Top Scorers


  • K Commons 6
  • A Stokes 6
  • G Samaras 4
  • C Mulgrew 3
  • J Ledley 2
  • T Pukki 2
  • J Forrest 2
  • A Balde 2
  • V van Dijk 2
  • D Boerrigter 1
  • E Ambrose 1
  • A Matthews 1
  • B Atajic 1


  • P Heffernan 3
  • J Collins 3
  • L Craig 3
  • S Robertson 1



    • Total goals 47
    • Goals per game 35
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 11 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins


    • Total goals 22
    • Goals per game 10
  • 1 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins