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The assistant referee flags for offside against Georgios Samaras. Free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.
The offside flag is raised against Anthony Stokes. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Ledley by Steve Jennings. Direct free kick taken by Sung-Yeung Ki. (Celtic) makes a substitution, with Kris Commons coming on for James Forrest.
Charlie Mulgrew takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
Corner taken short by Sung-Yeung Ki.
Thomas Rogne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Higdon. Tom Hateley takes the direct free kick.
Effort from the edge of the area by Georgios Samaras goes wide of the right-hand post.
Omar Daley challenges Du-Ri Cha unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Forrest takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Steve Jennings by Sung-Yeung Ki results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tim Clancy.
Nicky Law delivers the ball, Du-Ri Cha manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line, save by Darren Randolph.
Corner taken by Tom Hateley, Charlie Mulgrew makes a clearance.
Chris Humphrey sends in a cross, Kelvin Wilson makes a clearance.
Omar Daley on for Henrik Ojamaa.
Steve Jennings produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
The ball is crossed by Du-Ri Cha.
Chris Humphrey is caught offside. Sung-Yeung Ki takes the direct free kick. Du-Ri Cha joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gary Hooper. Shot by Henrik Ojamaa. Save by Fraser Forster.
Corner taken right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki from the left by-line, Tim Clancy manages to make a clearance.
The referee books Kelvin Wilson for unsporting behaviour.
Shot from 12 yards from James Forrest. Darren Randolph makes a save.
Sung-Yeung Ki takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
Henrik Ojamaa shown a yellow card. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick. Unfair challenge on Keith Lasley by Georgios Samaras results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Nicky Law.
Henrik Ojamaa challenges Kelvin Wilson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Fraser Forster takes the direct free kick.
Centre by Charlie Mulgrew, Tom Hateley makes a clearance.
Georgios Samaras decides to take a short corner.
A cross is delivered by Chris Humphrey, Fraser Forster makes a save.
Gary Hooper takes a shot. Clearance by Darren Randolph. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki from the left by-line, Jamie Murphy goes off and Chris Humphrey comes on. Steve Jennings makes a clearance.
Stevie Hammell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Forrest. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick. Stevie Hammell is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
Goal scored by Gary Hooper from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Celtic 1-0 Motherwell.The assist for the goal came from Georgios Samaras.
Victor Wanyama leaves the field to be replaced by Anthony Stokes.
The ball is swung over by Adam Matthews, clearance by Shaun Hutchinson.
The ball is crossed by Adam Matthews, clearance by Steve Jennings.
Henrik Ojamaa delivers the ball, clearance made by Thomas Rogne.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Higdon on Victor Wanyama. Kelvin Wilson restarts play with the free kick.
Keith Lasley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Georgios Samaras. Joe Ledley takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicky Law by Kelvin Wilson. Direct free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.
The ball is delivered by James Forrest, save made by Darren Randolph.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stevie Hammell on Georgios Samaras. Charlie Mulgrew takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Henrik Ojamaa on Victor Wanyama, free kick awarded. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.
Georgios Samaras produces a left-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Steve Jennings challenges Charlie Mulgrew unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sung-Yeung Ki.
Gary Hooper has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Georgios Samaras fouled by Shaun Hutchinson, the ref awards a free kick. Joe Ledley takes the free kick.
Centre by Jamie Murphy, clearance made by Victor Wanyama.
Foul by Tom Hateley on James Forrest, free kick awarded. Sung-Yeung Ki takes the free kick. Tom Hateley booked.
Kelvin Wilson takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Lasley on Georgios Samaras. Sung-Yeung Ki restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Henrik Ojamaa on Kelvin Wilson. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.
Tom Hateley fouled by Joe Ledley, the ref awards a free kick. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
Centre by Adam Matthews.
Nicky Law crosses the ball, clearance made by Kelvin Wilson. Free kick awarded for a foul by Shaun Hutchinson on Joe Ledley. Adam Matthews restarts play with the free kick. Shaun Hutchinson shown a yellow card. Corner from the left by-line taken by Sung-Yeung Ki, clearance by Tim Clancy.
Charlie Mulgrew produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Centre by Stevie Hammell, clearance by Charlie Mulgrew.
Kelvin Wilson challenges Jamie Murphy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Hateley takes the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Michael Higdon. Fraser Forster takes the indirect free kick.
Charlie Mulgrew challenges Nicky Law unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki from the left by-line, clearance by Tom Hateley. A cross is delivered by Kelvin Wilson, Stevie Hammell manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew, clearance made by Tim Clancy.
The ball is crossed by Adam Matthews, Tom Hateley gets a block in.
Charlie Mulgrew crosses the ball, Tom Hateley makes a clearance.
Joe Ledley delivers the ball, clearance by Nicky Law.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Hutchinson by Gary Hooper. Free kick taken by Steve Jennings. Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Higdon on Thomas Rogne. Direct free kick taken by Adam Matthews.
Adam Matthews delivers the ball, clearance by Tom Hateley.
Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
Nicky Law gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Forrest. Adam Matthews takes the direct free kick.
Shot by Charlie Mulgrew from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew, clearance by Tom Hateley.
A cross is delivered by Tom Hateley.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Keith Lasley by Sung-Yeung Ki. Keith Lasley takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Tom Hateley from the right by-line to the near post, Thomas Rogne makes a clearance.
Kelvin Wilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Henrik Ojamaa. Free kick taken by Tom Hateley.
Foul by Michael Higdon on Victor Wanyama, free kick awarded. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick.
Handball decision goes against Georgios Samaras. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Victor Wanyama by Steve Jennings. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Jennings on Georgios Samaras. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
Brown facing late fitness test
Scott Brown is a doubt for Celtic's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Motherwell at Parkhead.
The Hoops skipper picked up a groin injury against Dunfermline in midweek and will be assessed before kick-off.
Defender Thomas Rogne and midfielder Victor Wanyama will come back into contention after being rested against the Pars.
Georgios Samaras insists he took no notice when Neil Lennon claimed earlier in the season that he was the type of player who could get him fired as Celtic boss.
At the club's AGM in October, with the Hoops trailing Rangers by 10 points in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, Lennon defended his decision to persevere with the Greece striker who was yet again under-fire from the fans but admitted that Samaras was "a player who could ultimately get me the sack".
The former Manchester City forward has been instrumental in Celtic's remarkable turnaround in form during the intervening period and perhaps for the first time he appears to be winning fans over.
Ahead of the Motherwell game, where victory would see Celtic go 23 points clear of administration-hit Rangers, Samaras was his usual laid-back self when asked about his reaction to Lennon's comment.
"I tried to stay focused for the football, tried to help my team, tried to perform and play well when I had my chances," said the Hoops striker.
"If I hear positive comments from my manager, team-mates, from you (media) or negative comments from everyone, the supporters, you, the manager, my team-mates, I react the same way.
"I just try to stay focused on my game.
"I love football and I have told you before that I really don't care about what people say, I just try to stay focused because I really love what I'm doing.
"I want to go on the pitch and enjoy it."
Motherwell midfielder Keith Lasley returns from suspension.
Lasley served an automatic one-match ban against Hibernian after being sent off in the victory over Hearts, and will miss the game at Dunfermline on March 3 because it was his second red card of the season.
Striker Bob McHugh (ankle) remains out, along with long-term absentees Steven Saunders and Lee Hollis.
Hooper is Hoops' hero
Gary Hooper's second-half strike was enough to beat Motherwell 1-0 and take Celtic 23 points clear of administration-hit Rangers at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
After a lacklustre first half, the former Scunthorpe striker latched on to a Georgios Samaras knock-down in the 59th minute and fired in from close range for his 20th goal of the season.
Celtic were not at their best, but it was a game they never looked like losing and Darren Randolph was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers.
The Hoops fans left after watching their side record their 14th straight win as they continue their quest for the treble, but with so little competition in the league there may be a few more days like this before the title is clinched.
But Celtic manager Neil Lennon could surely not care less about the manner in which his team wrest the championship back from Ibrox.
In trying to keep a big squad involved in the run-in to what he hopes will be a domestic treble, Lennon made five changes to the side which beat Dunfermline 2-0 in midweek.
In came defenders Adam Matthews and Thomas Rogne, midfielders Victor Wanyama, James Forrest and striker Samaras for Cha Du-ri, Emilio Izaguirre, Kris Commons and Anthony Stokes, who all dropped to the bench, with captain Scott Brown missing with a groin injury.
Motherwell were looking for a win that would have taken them level on points with Rangers.
Well skipper Keith Lasley returned from suspension at the expense of Omar Daley and they started confidently enough, showing little of the fear displayed by bottom side Dunfermline on their visit.
In the ninth minute Forrest played in Hooper, who turned into the box and drove a dangerous ball across goal which no one got on the end of, seconds before Well keeper Randolph had to rush from his line to thwart Samaras.
In the 15th minute, after the Well defence struggled to clear their lines, Celtic's stand-in skipper Charlie Mulgrew turned and fired the ball just wide of the post from 12 yards.
As the pressure on the Motherwell goal intensified momentarily, Randolph had to make a good save from Samaras, after the Greece striker had volleyed in a shot from the edge of the box.
Celtic had control of the game with the Lanarkshire side living dangerously if not defending desperately.
Forrest laid the ball off to Matthews on the right and from the Welshman's deep cross to the back post Samaras headed off the back of Tom Hateley, the Well defender appearing to know little about his saving block.
Three minutes from the break Celtic defender Kelvin Wilson headed a Ki Sung-yueng free-kick weakly at Randolph from eight yards and in the final seconds, as the home side finished with a flurry, Randolph made a good save from Ki's driven free-kick from wide on the left.
Hooper turned and fired wide with a 25-yard snap-shot in the first couple of minutes of the second-half, followed shortly by Samaras who missed the target from close range but the home side still looked off the pace.
Lennon did not wait too long until he made a change, bringing on Stokes for Wanyama in the 58th minute and seconds later Celtic were ahead.
Matthews' long throw-in from the right was chested down by Samaras to Hooper, who rifled the ball low past Randolph from close range with his predator's instinct.
The atmosphere changed with the goal and Celtic pressed the Motherwell defence for the next few minutes looking to tie up the points, with the Fir Park players forced in to some desperate defending at times.
With nothing to lose Motherwell began to throw bodies forward, although in the 70th minute striker Henrik Ojamaa was rightly booked for diving in the Celtic box.
By pushing forward the visitors left themselves open at the back and, after a swift Celtic break, Randolph had to dive to his right to save from Forrest's drive with the corner coming to nothing.
The final stages came to life as play swung from end to end and there were scares at both ends, but nothing more as Celtic rolled onward to their all but inevitable title win.
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