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The assistant referee flags for offside against Joe Ledley. Cameron Bell takes the free kick.
Manuel Pascali gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Victor Wanyama. Kelvin Wilson takes the free kick.
James Dayton fouled by Joe Ledley, the ref awards a free kick. James Dayton crosses the ball in from the free kick, Charlie Mulgrew makes a clearance.
Thomas Rogne joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sung-Yeung Ki.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Manuel Pascali by Gary Hooper. Direct free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
Gary Harkins is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Sung-Yeung Ki on James Fowler, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Liam Kelly.
Danny Racchi gets on the score sheet with a goal from outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Celtic 2-1 Kilmarnock.The assist for the goal came from Matthew Kennedy.
Liam Kelly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Du-Ri Cha. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki played to the near post, clearance by James Dayton.
Unfair challenge on Gary Hooper by Mohamadou Sissoko results in a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew restarts play with the free kick. The referee shows Mohamadou Sissoko a yellow card.
Joe Ledley is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Cameron Bell restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from just outside the area by Du-Ri Cha misses to the left of the target.
Gary Harkins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Brown. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
Matthew Kennedy on for Garry Hay.
Corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Gary Harkins.
Corner from right by-line taken by Rory McKeown.
Danny Racchi joins the action as a substitute, replacing Dean Shiels.
Beram Kayal is caught offside. Cameron Bell restarts play with the free kick.
Dean Shiels has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew, Victor Wanyama has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.
Garry Hay sends in a cross, save by Fraser Forster.
Mohamed Bangura joins the action as a substitute, replacing Georgios Samaras.
Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Blocked by Mohamadou Sissoko.
James Dayton replaces Danny Buijs.
Victor Wanyama challenges Paul Heffernan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Manuel Pascali.
Unfair challenge on Georgios Samaras by Mohamadou Sissoko results in a free kick. Sung-Yeung Ki restarts play with the free kick.
Du-Ri Cha delivers the ball.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Garry Hay by Scott Brown. Dean Shiels restarts play with the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Joe Ledley.
Kelvin Wilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Harkins. Garry Hay takes the free kick.
Georgios Samaras grabs a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Celtic 2-0 Kilmarnock.Gary Hooper provided the assist for the goal.
Georgios Samaras is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Cameron Bell restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by James Forrest on Danny Buijs, free kick awarded. James Fowler takes the direct free kick. (Celtic) makes a substitution, with Kelvin Wilson coming on for James Forrest.
The ball is delivered by Gary Harkins, Georgios Samaras manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Victor Wanyama by Paul Heffernan results in a free kick. Du-Ri Cha takes the direct free kick.
Georgios Samaras scores a headed goal from close in. Celtic 1-0 Kilmarnock.Du-Ri Cha provided the assist for the goal.
Unfair challenge on Georgios Samaras by Manuel Pascali results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Brown.
The ball is swung over by Sung-Yeung Ki, Liam Kelly gets a block in. Corner crossed in by Sung-Yeung Ki, Gary Hooper gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Manuel Pascali. Cameron Bell restarts play with the free kick.
Header on goal by Gary Hooper from just inside the area goes over the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Harkins on Beram Kayal. Charlie Mulgrew takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Gary Harkins on Beram Kayal, free kick awarded. Victor Wanyama takes the direct free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Gary Hooper. Free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
The ball is delivered by Georgios Samaras, Rory McKeown manages to make a clearance.
James Forrest fouled by James Fowler, the ref awards a free kick. Sung-Yeung Ki restarts play with the free kick.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Sung-Yeung Ki, clearance by Mohamadou Sissoko.
Scott Brown takes a shot. Cameron Bell makes a save.
Beram Kayal produces a cross, clearance made by Mohamadou Sissoko.
Garry Hay sends in a cross, clearance made by Charlie Mulgrew.
Paul Heffernan is adjudged to have handled the ball. Victor Wanyama takes the free kick.
Victor Wanyama gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Heffernan. Dean Shiels takes the free kick.
Manuel Pascali challenges Joe Ledley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Fraser Forster. Manuel Pascali goes into the book.
Short corner taken by Dean Shiels, James Forrest makes a clearance.
Beram Kayal gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Shiels. Free kick taken by James Fowler. Booking for Beram Kayal for unsporting behaviour.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Ledley by Danny Buijs. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Charlie Mulgrew.
Garry Hay challenges James Forrest unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
The ball is sent over by Du-Ri Cha, Mohamadou Sissoko makes a clearance.
Mohamadou Sissoko concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Hooper. Free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
Effort on goal by Dean Shiels from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Beram Kayal on Dean Shiels. Danny Buijs restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew, Liam Kelly makes a clearance.
Du-Ri Cha produces a cross, blocked by Danny Buijs.
The ball is swung over by James Forrest.
Scott Brown concedes a free kick for a foul on Garry Hay. Danny Buijs takes the free kick.
Dean Shiels takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.
Effort from inside the six-yard box by Gary Hooper goes wide right of the target.
James Forrest takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.
Garry Hay delivers the ball, save by Fraser Forster.
Centre by Du-Ri Cha.
Dean Shiels produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
James Forrest produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.
The ball is swung over by Danny Buijs, clearance by Charlie Mulgrew.
Gary Harkins sends in a cross, Sung-Yeung Ki manages to make a clearance.
The official flags Gary Hooper offside. Cameron Bell takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Gary Hooper by Rory McKeown results in a free kick. James Forrest takes the free kick.
Joe Ledley produces a cross, clearance by Manuel Pascali.
Lennon keen to preserve Killie record
Neil Lennon is well aware of the statistic that has been inevitably thrown the way of Celtic managers in recent years every time Kilmarnock visit Parkhead.
The Ayrshire side have not won in the east end of Glasgow since December, 1955 and are believed by many to be no more than a warm-up for the Hoops ahead of the crunch Old Firm game at Parkhead next Wednesday.
Lennon's side have won seven SPL games in a row and are odds-on favourites to make it eight on Saturday, but the Irishman would rather not tempt fate.
Lennon, whose side have moved within four points of leaders Rangers, was waiting for the 1955 statistic to be mentioned.
"Every time they come here I get asked that," he said. "Obviously it's a record that I would like to keep intact.
"We want to make it eight games in a row going into the Rangers game on the 28th. It is important to go into that game on the back of a win, just to maintain the run and keep the pressure on at the top of the table.
"The players are in buoyant mood at the minute without being complacent. I think we are playing well. Whether the players have hit the heights that they can I don't know, but there have been some great performances.
"Some individuals are playing at the top of their game at the moment. But the character of the team has pleased me the most.
"Seven wins in a row is not an easy achievement but the way they are playing at the minute, it is going to take a good team to stop us now.
"But there is a long way to go in the season."
Emilio Izaguirre returns to the squad after recovering from a broken ankle sustained against Aberdeen in August.
Defender Daniel Majstorovic is out for six weeks with a fractured cheekbone he sustained in the 2-0 win against St Johnstone on Sunday.
Midfielders Joe Ledley and Paddy McCourt return from ankle and calf strains respectively while striker Anthony Stokes is still a doubt with a calf strain.
Kilmarnock midfielder James Dayton is eager to make his Celtic Park debut after returning to the starting line-up in style against Dundee United last weekend.
The wide midfielder had not started a game since a 2-1 defeat by St Johnstone on October 1, but regained his place after scoring off the bench in a win over Aberdeen.
Dayton, who lost his place after manager Kenny Shiels employed a narrower attacking formation, struck a contender for goal of the season in the 1-1 draw with United with a swerving 30-yard effort into the top corner.
The former Crystal Palace trainee is now looking to pin down a regular starting place.
"I started the first seven and thought I had done all right but the gaffer obviously changed formation and personnel," Dayton said.
"But he has given me a chance and hopefully I've taken it and can get another regular place in the side.
"Fitness-wise you don't feel as sharp because every 90 minutes is great for you but I think I came in on Saturday and did all right and obviously scored the goal.
"That brought my fitness up so hopefully that will stand me in good stead."
Dayton missed most of last season through injury and was an unused substitute as Kilmarnock let slip a three-goal lead to draw with Celtic at Rugby Park in October.
So he is determined to make his mark if given the chance, with Killie in confident mood after going four matches unbeaten - a run that includes victory over Rangers.
The 23-year-old said: "I was disappointed not getting on in the last game but it was unlucky that we didn't hold on.
"It was great to go 3-0 up but it was unfortunate we didn't hold on to it. There is always a belief because we got three goals when we played them at home but they have pushed on from when we played them and they are looking really strong at the moment.
"We have had two good results against the Old Firm this season so we feel we can play against the Old Firm and get something. It will be interesting.
"I never played at Parkhead last year because I did my cruciate. So hopefully I will start this one. I'm looking forward to playing at the stadium and hopefully contributing and getting something from the game."
Kilmarnock midfielder Dean Shiels will test out his injured ankle. However, Killie will not take risks with the on-loan Doncaster player with a game against St Johnstone next Wednesday to consider.
Midfielder James Fowler returns from suspension but striker William Gros and defender Ryan O`Leary remain on the sidelines.
Hoops close gap
A Georgios Samaras double against Kilmarnock gave Celtic a 2-1 win and took them to within a point of Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders Rangers ahead of Wednesday night's Old Firm game at Parkhead.
The Greece striker headed the home side into the lead in first-half added time and scored his second with a fine drive seven minutes after the break to make it eight SPL wins in a row for Neil Lennon's men.
Killie substitute Danny Racchi fired in a consolation goal with three minutes remaining but with Rangers losing at St Mirren, the Hoops now have a chance to go top of the table going into 2012.
After being 15 points behind the champions at one stage - albeit with two games in hand - the ascendancy is with Celtic who must feel they are coming to form at the right time.
While the result in Paisley was something of a shock, there was little surprise about the outcome at Celtic Park.
Kilmarnock had not won at Celtic Park in 56 years while the home side, who had Joe Ledley in for injured Daniel Majstorovic, were looking to continue their fine domestic form
The visitors could have been excused for fearing the worst but they lined up in a positive shape with Dean Shiels supporting Paul Heffernan and Gary Harkins.
Manager Kenny Shiels had made three changes with James Fowler, back from suspension, Mohamadou Sissoko and Danny Buijs coming in for Alex Pursehouse, Zdenek Kroca and James Dayton and his side impressed in an entertaining first half.
Celtic had to so some defending in the early stages although in the ninth minute Hoops midfielder James Forrest sent a speculative 30-yard drive just past Cameron Bell's left-hand post.
Moments later, in an impressive Killie move, Heffernan set up Shiels and the Irishman's low drive from 16 yards sped past Fraser Forster but also beyond the Celtic keeper's left post.
The Parkhead men had a great chance in the 14th minute when Forrest's low drive was spilled by Bell but Gary Hooper chipped the rebound over the bar, before Shiels had another effort saved by Forster at the other end.
Shiels ended another Rugby Park threat by blasting a shot over the bar from the edge of the box, more evidence that the Ayrshire men had not travelled with a point in mind.
An entertaining game began to heat up. Celtic midfielder Beram Kayal was booked for tripping Shiels before Killie skipper Manuel Pascali was yellow-carded for a late challenge on Ledley.
Celtic were making hard work of it. In the 33rd minute skipper Scott Brown had a left-footed shot easily saved by Bell, one of the few times the ball got past the resolute Killie defence.
However, all Kilmarnock's good work was undone as the game entered added time.
Celtic's tireless right-back Cha Du-ri raced to the byline and managed to send in a looping cross which was headed past Bell by Samaras and the Greece international had the cheers of the relieved home fans still ringing in his ears as he ran up the tunnel at the break.
There was a claim for a Killie penalty three minutes into the second-half when Forrest blocked Buijs's attempted cross but referee George Salmond kept his hands at his side.
Forrest was replaced by Kelvin Wilson moments later and the former Nottingham Forest defender went to centre-back alongside Victor Wanyama, with Charlie Mulgrew moving to left-back and Ledley moving up one.
Much of the Celtic fans' attention, though, was on the game at St Mirren and there was a huge cheer when news of the Buddies' victory over Rangers was confirmed.
The home side took inspiration from the shock result and in 52nd minute Samaras took a Hooper pass and swerved his way into the box before slamming a low drive past Bell.
The big striker looked to have all but sealed the win and he was given a standing ovation in the 65th minute when he was replaced by Mo Bangura.
Killie were more or less reduced to keeping Celtic at bay while the home support chanted 'bring on the Rangers'.
Another good run down the right by Cha in the 72nd minute ended with the full-back crossing perfectly to Ki Sung-yueng but his fellow South Korean mis-kicked with his volley from 12 yards and an increasingly bedraggled looking Killie side escaped punishment.
In the 87th minute Killie substitute Racchi, on for Shiels, rifled in a shot from 25 yards which beat Forster to make it a nervy ending with Wanyama blocking a goal-bound shot by Harkins moments later, with Forster out of his goal.
However, there was to be no undeserved equaliser and the cheers at full-time indicated that the Celtic supporters rightly fancy their chances against their city rivals in midweek.
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