Celtic 2-0 Dunfermline


Celtic moved 20 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premier League this evening with a 2-0 victory over bottom team, Dunfermline at Celtic Park in one of the most one-sided league encounters of the season.  A screamer of a goal from Charlie Mulgrew in the first half and a James Forrest effort 15 minutes from the end were the two polished incidents while Kris Commons battered the Dunfermline goal throughout the game without success.

Playing against a packed defence, the Celtic game-plan was clearly to have shots flying in from outside the box and Ki tested Chris Smith from fully 40 yards early on.  Scott Brown played an inch perfect forward pass into space for Cha to run onto before the full back crossed but Anthony Stokes was unable to get on the end.

Gary Hooper was sent clear by a magnificent Stokes pass after 20 minutes but shot wide, although the referee incorrectly awarded a corner kick.  Stokes was next to try his luck from outside the box before the ball was worked to Kris Commons for his first, and possibly worst, attempt of the night.

Commons turned provider next with a deep cross into the box which Hooper headed and forced a save from Smith.  Charlie Mulgrew opened the scoring on 33 minutes.  Cha’s cross was cleared to Mulgrew who shot from 33 yards high into the net giving Smith little chance.

Commons and Ledley continued to find space to create chances while Ki’s passing was the most impressive feature of the game.  Dunfermline’s only moment inside the Celtic box in the first half was a corner 5 minutes from the break which eluded the Celtic defence beyond the back post, allowing Alex Keddie to get a header on target.

An incredible miss fell to Stokes early in the second half.  Ki’s 40 yard pass split Dunfermline open for Izaguirre to cross.  Stokes brought the ball down 7 yards from goal but with the keeper stranded on the line, shot wide.  Hooper was equally culpable when Joe Ledley’s shot was blocked and the striker shot over with the goal gaping.
The entire stadium seemed to will Kris Commons to score his first goal of the season.  The fact that it didn’t happen was not for the want of trying.  He even came close with an in-swinging corner which was cleared off the line. The points were secured when Gary Hooper controlled a loose ball and sent in an excellent cross from an unlikely-tight position, which James Forrest knocked over the line from three yards.

Dunfermline’s second moment of possession inside the Celtic box came late in the game with another corner kick.  Neil Lennon will be concerned that it resulted in another free header at the back post which was cleared off the line.

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  1. Laird of the Smiles aka PMTYH says:


    22 February, 2012 at 23:47


    Frank Carson RIP, remember seeing him at one of the Celtic supporters’ rallies in the early seventies in one of the Glasgow theatres, the Pavillion I think. Funny man. God bless you Frank.






  2. One of the best games for Dave Ki. I think sometimes he lacks belief but when he’s on his game, aye he’s a player.

  3. Great show tonight from the team and fans alike…could and should have been so much more..good to hear Neil on shortbread too later acknowledging the depth and quality of the squad also that there will be further comings and going in the summer.hh and nite nite all

  4. No long back from Paradise, having a quick scan back.



    Jumper forward to say “Lateral movement when Rangers die”.



    Pure class, what an inventive and humourous support we have :o).

  5. Ki and Ledley were sublime tonight.



    Good goalkeeping and bad finishing kept the score out of double figures



    Green Brigade superb again, chapeau doffed



    Keeps the run going, well done Lenny and the bhoys.

  6. Englishghirl1888 on

    Love Neil Lennon, had family members saying he should have gone last year


    (yeah I know right) I said to be patient, O’Neil took him everywhere with him and also reminded them that O’Neil learnt his trade from Clough.


    Can’t wait for my visit up the road over St Patricks weekend, I may gloat a little.

  7. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    I know its all Ice Cream & Jelly just now but Im stocking up on rockets and bangers cos a wee H nearby has been letting them off for the past 3 years!! As ma old daddy used to say. Keep your powder dry son cos ther’ll come a time you might need to use it!!




    HaiL HaiL and good night. <0);

  8. Greensideup



    Pal.. see Ma reply tae you..



    It’s the last submission o’ the last Article.




  9. Just in from the match. Thought we played terrific against a packed defence, although some of our finishing was awful. Plenty of width from Cha but he cannot find that killer pass. Izzi quite quiet apart from a few bursts in the first half, needs to regain confidence. Thought Brown played well allthough he seems to only want to pass the ball to Cha when attacking. Commons trying too hard at times and good to see him getting the full 90 mins.


    Personally I thought Ki was man of the match.



    Onwards and upwards Celts




  10. paulsatim is neil lennon says:


    22 February, 2012 at 23:45



    Cheers! That was a Howitzer from Chas.



    Kojo, caught your reply on KC. Patience please is the word, just ask yer wee dug. KC is one of our more creative midfielders, multiple weapons in his arsenal




  11. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ says:


    22 February, 2012 at 23:58




    Is that wee fireworks shop still open in Hillington, think I better stock up also.




  12. Heard Steve Lomas during and after the game. I know he is of the other persuasion, but he seemed pretty wholesome in his praise of Celtic and Neil Lennon in particular. He differed from all other commentatprs/pundits in Scotland as well in the respect that he spoke of ‘Neil’, rather than ‘Lennon’. From what i heard he came across as a pretty decent guy.

  13. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 on

    Ceaser67 says:


    22 February, 2012 at 22:44


    What about








    “Our Soldiers”-might resonate with the English a wee bit too mate,time to take the moral issue to the masses.HH

  14. Paul67 et al



    Got to give some credit to Dunfermline tonight, played the game the right way, and it has to said stood strong against wave after wave of Celtic forward movement. Good goalkeeping too. Ten points or no, that is a 25 point turnaround for Neil Lennon’s team.

  15. What is the Stars on




    Ye just have de look of a hun about ye.



    Anyway,we are an all inclusive club here,everyone welcome except vegetarians and people who like golf (both the car and the game)

  16. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 on

    Neil was good on Shortbread after the game “this team didn’t cost a lot of money….” there’s your dinner.

  17. I thoroughly enjoyed that game. Long range passing, short crisp passing, inventive through balls and over the top balls, hitting the bye line, screamer of a long distance strike in contrast to a slide-in from 1 yard.



    Every player played well, yes there were lapses. Crosses that went astray and misses from those who normally don’t.



    I was encouraged by Commons getting better the longer the game went on, including some slide rule passes and topped off with a lovely dink over the top of the defence that put Sammy one-on-one with the keeper.



    I was discouraged with the return of the other Sammy – hopefully a minor relapse.



    I got the impression that Brozek is good. Just a hunch.



    All over the park and on the bench we have players who play football first and foremost.



    A right good team we have – I hope we can keep them together for a few seasons.

  18. PS good to tyalk about football for a change rather than the Currants. It will make it much more enjoyable when their next disaster is revealed, whatever that might be.



    We’re having a party when Rangers (in administration) die.



    PPS – MWD, i know size isnt everything, but an impressively lengthy moniker!

  19. CultsBhoy loves being 1st on

    been totally out of Celtic Loop today and tonight – manic at work anf playing tonight..



    great to see highlights..Charlie Mulgrew…???? Told ye so …!



    what a player he is developing in to, eh?



    Any CQN-ers looking to offload 3 tickets for Aberdeen game give me a shout..PLEASE!

  20. Thought we were hungry, professional and tireless tonight without being clinical. I also thought Ki was outstanding. He could have played the entire game within the centre circle his passing was so good.



    Top marks for the green brigade:


    “Lateral movement when Rangers die”


    “Tesco at Ibrox when Rangers die”






  21. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 on

    Night bhoys,the party will be on before the game at Poundland,they will lose and draw at least once in next 3 games.Bring it on.

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