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Corner taken short by Sung-Yeung Ki.
Booking for David Weir for unsporting behaviour. Georgios Samaras fouled by David Weir, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Majstorovic takes the free kick.
Madjid Bougherra is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
Outswinging corner taken by Steven Davis from the right by-line, Maurice Edu takes a shot. Mark Wilson manages to make a clearance.
Kyle Lafferty is shown a yellow card. Foul by Kyle Lafferty on Mark Wilson, free kick awarded. Daniel Majstorovic restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Whittaker on Anthony Stokes. Free kick taken by Georgios Samaras.
Anthony Stokes comes on in place of Gary Hooper. Sung-Yeung Ki has an effort at goal. Save by Allan McGregor. Sung-Yeung Ki takes the inswinging corner, Steven Whittaker manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Scott Brown by Kyle Lafferty results in a free kick. Sung-Yeung Ki restarts play with the free kick.
James Forrest is brought on as a substitute for Kris Commons.
Foul by Madjid Bougherra on Emilio Izaguirre, free kick awarded. Kris Commons crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Kyle Lafferty manages to make a clearance. Short corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki from the right by-line.
Corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis from the right by-line, Mark Wilson makes a clearance.
Nikica Jelavic produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Foul by Sung-Yeung Ki on Steven Davis, free kick awarded. David Weir restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Nikica Jelavic from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kyle Bartley on Scott Brown. Georgios Samaras restarts play with the free kick.
A goal is scored by Kris Commons from just outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Celtic 3-0 Rangers.Gary Hooper provided the assist for the goal.
Foul by Steven Whittaker on Emilio Izaguirre, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
David Healy on for El-Hadji Diouf. Steven Davis takes the outswinging corner, Fraser Forster makes a save.
The referee books Madjid Bougherra for unsporting behaviour. Madjid Bougherra challenges Georgios Samaras unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kris Commons crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing.
Charlie Mulgrew delivers the ball, save by Allan McGregor.
Unfair challenge on Kris Commons by Steven Davis results in a free kick. Sung-Yeung Ki delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Steven Whittaker makes a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Kris Commons.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Davis on Kris Commons. Charlie Mulgrew takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Madjid Bougherra on Kris Commons. Charlie Mulgrew restarts play with the free kick.
Sung-Yeung Ki comes on in place of Beram Kayal.
Beram Kayal has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.
Foul by Maurice Edu on Georgios Samaras, free kick awarded. Georgios Samaras restarts play with the free kick.
Beram Kayal fouled by Maurice Edu, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Majstorovic.
El-Hadji Diouf crosses the ball, Headed effort from inside the box by Nikica Jelavic misses to the right of the target.
Outswinging corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf.
El-Hadji Diouf takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.
A cross is delivered by Georgios Samaras, save by Allan McGregor. Scott Brown takes a shot. Clearance by Sasa Papac. Corner taken left-footed by Kris Commons from the right by-line, Kyle Bartley makes a clearance.
El-Hadji Diouf fouled by Beram Kayal, the ref awards a free kick. Maurice Edu takes the free kick.
Emilio Izaguirre gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf. El-Hadji Diouf delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Fraser Forster makes a save.
Steven Davis produces a cross, Header by Nikica Jelavic from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Kyle Lafferty on for Steven Naismith.
Emilio Izaguirre fouled by Steven Whittaker, the ref awards a free kick. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.
Madjid Bougherra delivers the ball, Charlie Mulgrew makes a clearance.
The offside flag is raised against Georgios Samaras. Madjid Bougherra takes the free kick.
Georgios Samaras concedes a free kick for a foul on Maurice Edu. Free kick taken by Steven Whittaker.
Steven Whittaker crosses the ball.
Steven Naismith has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf from the right by-line, clearance by Charlie Mulgrew.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Ledley on Maurice Edu. Steven Whittaker crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Joe Ledley.
Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.
Kris Commons has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
David Weir gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Georgios Samaras. Free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
Beram Kayal receives a yellow card.
El-Hadji Diouf goes into the referee's book.
Gary Hooper finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Celtic 2-0 Rangers.The assist for the goal came from Emilio Izaguirre.
Mark Wilson fouled by El-Hadji Diouf, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Kris Commons.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Gary Hooper. Indirect free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Weir on Georgios Samaras. Daniel Majstorovic restarts play with the free kick.
Nikica Jelavic produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
The offside flag is raised against Joe Ledley. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.
A goal is scored by Gary Hooper from close range low into the middle of the goal. Celtic 1-0 Rangers.The assist for the goal came from Kris Commons.
The ball is swung over by Steven Whittaker.
Inswinging corner taken by Kris Commons from the right by-line, David Weir makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Steven Whittaker, Daniel Majstorovic makes a clearance.
Foul by Georgios Samaras on Maurice Edu, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Maurice Edu.
Corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf from the left by-line.
El-Hadji Diouf takes a outswinging corner.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Emilio Izaguirre on El-Hadji Diouf. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
Kyle Bartley receives a caution. Unfair challenge on Scott Brown by Kyle Bartley results in a free kick. Kris Commons produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Lennon not in seventh heaven
Celtic manager Neil Lennon admits he is finding it difficult to approach a total of seven Old Firm games in the one season with the usual relish.
Celtic and Rangers meet for the fourth time in 2010-11 when they come face to face at Parkhead on Sunday in a crucial Clydesdale Bank Premier League contest.
The Glasgow rivals are battling it out for domestic honours on three fronts, with a Scottish Cup fifth-round replay and a Co-operative Insurance Cup final to come next month.
Lennon insists the SPL clash will not lose any edge given the close nature of the title race - the Gers are five points behind with two games in hand.
The public feud between Celtic captain Scott Brown and Rangers player El-Hadji Diouf during and after the recent drawn cup clash adds further spice to an always hard-fought occasion.
But Lennon admits he could do without the extra strain an Old Firm build-up provides seven times a season.
"It's probably too many but that's just the way the fixtures have thrown it up with four in the league, the cup draw and the cup final," Lennon said.
"The supporters might like it every week but for the managers, four would be plenty.
"I think it takes a lot out of both sets of players as well at times. And again there is a lot of hype that fills papers for days beforehand and days after.
"It's a game. It's an important game obviously, but I think if there were less games you would probably look forward to them more."
Lennon did not mention Celtic's opponents to his players until Friday in a bid to keep preparations level-headed and normal.
And he will not deviate from his own routine, other than to avoid going out and about in Glasgow in the run-up to kick-off.
"I try and take it as just another week," he said. "You have to put up with all the hype that goes with it and sometimes the games get over-hyped for me.
"But at the end of the day there are three points riding on it, although the winners get a psychological lift.
"For the last two days we concentrate solely on the game and not all the other nonsense that goes with it.
"I try to avoid people this week as best I can, cocoon myself away with my thoughts and just come into my work and get on with it.
"I stick to my usual private routine in the build-up to the game, I'm superstitious that way."
Rangers captain David Weir feels no need to remind any of his team-mates to keep calm during the meeting.
The 40-year-old said: "They (feuds) can get out of hand but I don't think we can be accused of that, so I don't think there is anything to discuss or anything new in regards to that.
"I think everyone has conducted themselves well."
Weir admits Rangers have some pride to regain after two disappointing derbies at Ibrox this year.
Celtic striker Georgios Samaras netted the only two goals in the first encounter before Celtic fought back with 10 men to claim a fifth-round replay.
"You always have a point to prove," Weir said.
"If you're a professional footballer and you play for Rangers, I think you have a point to prove in every game, and that won't change."
Walter Smith's comments have added a further edge to the game, which will give the winners the advantage in the title race.
Smith picked his moment to dismiss the conspiracy theories he feels are promoted from within Celtic Park.
Celtic chairman John Reid recently launched an attack on the Scottish Football Association's decision-making procedures, saying at the club's AGM that they would no longer be "treated as less than anyone else".
Celtic striker Gary Hooper was recently warned by the SFA for, rather clumsily, saying that referees might give decisions against his team because they are one of the biggest clubs in the world.
The club also wrote to the SFA seeking clarification on several refereeing decisions earlier this season but former manager Gordon Strachan this week ridiculed the conspiracy theorists.
And Smith said: "You can't win three successive titles with people conspiring against you.
"This has been a situation Celtic have been happy to promote but when their former manager comes out and says there is no conspiracy then you can realise why.
"He was good enough when he was there to lead his team to three titles so, from a Rangers point of view, did people conspire against us during that period of time? The truth is that they didn't and the truth is that they don't."
Celtic 3 Rangers 0
By Lisa Gray, Press Association Sport Chief Scottish Football Writer
Gary Hooper grabbed a double as Celtic strengthened their grasp on top spot in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League with a 3-0 win over Rangers.
Kris Commons was also on target once again in the Old Firm derby as the Hoops moved eight points clear at the summit.
The victory puts them beyond the reach of Rangers for now, regardless of the outcome of their two games in hand.
Nikica Jelavic was drafted straight back into the Rangers team as the lone striker after being ineligible for Thursday's Europa League tie against Sporting Lisbon.
Steven Naismith returned from injury and Kyle Bartley also started, with Kyle Lafferty, Vladimir Weiss and Richard Foster dropping out of the side.
Celtic made just one change from their win over Dundee United as Anthony Stokes was replaced by Georgios Samaras, who netted a double at Ibrox in January.
El-Hadji Diouf - who spat on a Celtic fan on his last visit to Parkhead in 2003 - was jeered every time he touched the ball.
But it was Bartley who picked up the first booking after just three minutes for a challenge on Scott Brown.
Celtic took the lead after 17 minutes when Commons supplied the pass for Hooper and he beat David Weir for pace before rifling past Allan McGregor.
Jelavic tried to pull a goal back quickly but could only look on in frustration as he hooked well over the crossbar.
Celtic increased their lead after 28 minutes when Hooper claimed his second of the day.
Samaras started the move by releasing Emilio Izaguirre out on the left and he whipped a great ball to the feet of Hooper to stab home.
Referee Iain Brines produced his yellow card again as Diouf and Beram Kayal were both cautioned in the aftermath of the celebrations.
Naismith appeared to be struggling and was replaced by Lafferty at the break.
Rangers tried to haul themselves back into the game and Jelavic nodded just wide from a Steven Davis cross.
But only last gasp defending prevented them from falling further behind when Sasa Papac cleared Brown's header off the line.
At the other end, Diouf tried to lob Fraser Forster but the Hoops goalkeeper was up to the challenge.
Celtic made a change of their own when Kayal was swapped for Ki Sung-yeung, before Madjid Bougherra was booked for dissent.
Diouf was withdrawn with just over 20 minutes to go to the delight of the Celtic fans as Rangers threw David Healy into the action in search of a goal.
But there was no way back for the Scottish champions when Celtic netted their third after 70 minutes.
Hooper had been impressive and turned provider for Commons who sent a swerving effort past McGregor into the back of the net.
The Rangers goalkeeper then did well to block a ferocious strike from Ki but by then the damage was well and truly done.
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