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  • Scottish Premier League
  • 22 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Celtic Park
CelticCelticvRoss CountyRoss County
4
  • Brown, 46
  • Hooper, 53
  • Hooper, 64
  • Forrest, 70
0

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Match ends, Celtic 4, Ross County 0.

90 mins:Second Half ends, Celtic 4, Ross County 0.

88 mins:Substitution, Ross County. Gary Glen replaces Stuart Kettlewell.

86 mins:Foul by Tony Watt (Celtic).

86 mins:Paul Lawson (Ross County) wins a free kick.

85 mins:Attempt missed. Tony Watt (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

84 mins:Gary Hooper (Celtic) hits the bar with a right footed shot.

83 mins:Substitution, Celtic. John Herron replaces Georgios Samaras.

78 mins:Corner, Ross County.

78 mins:Corner, Ross County.

77 mins:Substitution, Ross County. Paul Lawson replaces Rocco Quinn.

75 mins:Substitution, Celtic. Tony Watt replaces Lassad.

75 mins:Foul by Scott Boyd (Ross County).

75 mins:Georgios Samaras (Celtic) wins a free kick.

73 mins:Corner, Ross County.

72 mins:Kelvin Wilson (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

72 mins:Foul by Kelvin Wilson (Celtic).

72 mins:Iain Vigurs (Ross County) wins a free kick.

70 mins:Goal! Celtic 4, Ross County 0. James Forrest (Celtic) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gary Hooper.

69 mins:Grant Munro (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

66 mins:Richard Brittain (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

66 mins:Foul by Richard Brittain (Ross County).

66 mins:Gary Hooper (Celtic) wins a free kick.

64 mins:Goal! Celtic 3, Ross County 0. Gary Hooper (Celtic) header from the right side of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Victor Wanyama with a headed pass.

63 mins:Corner, Celtic.

61 mins:Stuart Kettlewell (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

61 mins:Corner, Celtic.

58 mins:Substitution, Celtic. James Forrest replaces Biram Kayal.

58 mins:Foul by Stuart Kettlewell (Ross County).

58 mins:Biram Kayal (Celtic) wins a free kick.

57 mins:Attempt missed. Rocco Quinn (Ross County) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

54 mins:Substitution, Ross County. Mark Corcoran replaces Alex Cooper.

53 mins:Goal! Celtic 2, Ross County 0. Gary Hooper (Celtic) header to the top right corner. Assisted by Lassad with a cross.

52 mins:Offside, Ross County. Rocco Quinn tries a through ball, but Rocco Quinn is caught offside.

49 mins:Foul by Rocco Quinn (Ross County).

49 mins:Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) wins a free kick.

48 mins:Attempt saved. Mihael Kovacevic (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

46 mins:Goal! Celtic 1, Ross County 0. Scott Brown (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gary Hooper.

Second Half begins Celtic 0, Ross County 0.

45+3 mins:First Half ends, Celtic 0, Ross County 0.

45+1 mins:Corner, Ross County.

45+1 mins:Attempt saved. Alex Cooper (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

42 mins:Foul by Marc Fitzpatrick (Ross County).

42 mins:Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick.

40 mins:Attempt saved. Rocco Quinn (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

39 mins:Attempt saved. Biram Kayal (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

34 mins:Foul by Stuart Kettlewell (Ross County).

34 mins:Victor Wanyama (Celtic) wins a free kick.

32 mins:Corner, Celtic.

31 mins:Attempt saved. Alex Cooper (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

30 mins:Attempt saved. Lassad (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

29 mins:Foul by Alex Cooper (Ross County).

29 mins:Georgios Samaras (Celtic) wins a free kick.

28 mins:Attempt missed. Biram Kayal (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

25 mins:Foul by Alex Cooper (Ross County).

25 mins:Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) wins a free kick.

22 mins:Offside, Celtic. Scott Brown tries a through ball, but Scott Brown is caught offside.

21 mins:Corner, Celtic.

19 mins:Foul by Stuart Kettlewell (Ross County).

19 mins:Georgios Samaras (Celtic) wins a free kick.

17 mins:Attempt missed. Rocco Quinn (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mihael Kovacevic from a direct free kick.

16 mins:Foul by Mihael Kovacevic (Ross County).

16 mins:Georgios Samaras (Celtic) wins a free kick.

15 mins:Foul by Victor Wanyama (Celtic).

15 mins:Alex Cooper (Ross County) wins a free kick.

14 mins:Attempt missed. Biram Kayal (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box.

13 mins:Attempt missed. Stuart Kettlewell (Ross County) right footed shot from the right side of the box.

11 mins:Attempt saved. Gary Hooper (Celtic) header from a difficult angle on the left is saved. Assisted by Gary Hooper with a cross.

9 mins:Foul by Victor Wanyama (Celtic).

9 mins:Mihael Kovacevic (Ross County) wins a free kick.

8 mins:Foul by Stuart Kettlewell (Ross County).

8 mins:Biram Kayal (Celtic) wins a free kick.

7 mins:Attempt saved. Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) left footed shot is saved.

6 mins:Foul by Scott Boyd (Ross County).

6 mins:Biram Kayal (Celtic) wins a free kick.

5 mins:Foul by Biram Kayal (Celtic).

5 mins:Richard Brittain (Ross County) wins a free kick.

4 mins:Attempt saved. Lassad (Celtic) header is saved. Assisted by Emilio Izaguirre with a cross.

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

  • Scottish Premier League
  • 22 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Celtic Park
CelticCelticvRoss CountyRoss County
4
  • Brown, 46
  • Hooper, 53
  • Hooper, 64
  • Forrest, 70
0

match report

A Gary Hooper double after the break helped Celtic romp to a 4-0 victory over Ross County in Saturday's SPL clash.

The home side dominated the first half with Staggies goalkeeper Mark Brown forced into several saves, although former Bhoy Rocco Quinn and Alex Cooper both missed great opportunities for the visitors at Celtic Park.

However, when Celtic skipper Brown struck a minute after the interval the Highlanders' resistance was broken, and Hooper helped himself to two classic poacher's goals before substitute James Forrest capped his return to action after being out since October with a hamstring injury by grabbing the fourth.

The win moves Celtic five points ahead of their nearest challengers - now Inverness - at the top of the table.

The Hoops took only three minutes to create their first opening. Emilio Izaguirre raced down the left and his cross found Lassad Nouioui at the back post, but his header was held by Caley's former Celtic keeper Brown, who made a decent save from Charlie Mulgrew's shot on the turn from a Georgios Samaras free-kick moments later.

The visitors lacked conviction when they did venture up the park, although five minutes later former Parkhead midfielder Quinn blazed a drive from 25 yards just over the bar, after being played in by Iain Vigurs.

As Celtic continued to press, midfielder Beram Kayal had a low drive from the edge of the box saved by Brown before the Highlanders broke with some purpose seconds later with Cooper setting up Quinn, but his hastily-taken shot was too tame to unduly bother Hoops keeper Fraser Forster.

Seconds from the break, with the Hoops defence static, Quinn set up Cooper, but England call-up Forster came to Celtic's rescue with a fine blocking save for a corner which prevented the visitors taking an unlikely lead into the interval.

Any chance of a County upset, however, dissipated just over a minute into the second-half when Hooper set up Brown to drive low past his namesake in the County goal from 14 yards.

With the pressure off, Celtic relaxed and when Hooper flicked Lassad's cross past Brown with his head in the 53rd minute the points were effectively secured.

Forrest was given a rousing cheer when he replaced Kayal, but it was Hooper who had the fans off their seats again in the 64th minute when he was in the right place to head past Brown after Victor Wanyama's header from a Mulgrew corner was blocked up into the air.

It became a matter of how many Celtic would score and six minutes later Forrest sped into the County box after after taking a pass from Hooper and shot past the helpless Brown.

Lennon was afforded the luxury of giving 18-year-old attacking midfielder John Herron his debut as replacement for Samaras, before Hooper hit the bar from close-range when it looked odds-on he would secure his hat-trick.

team line-up

1Fraser Forster
6Kelvin Wilson
4Efe Ambrose
21Charlie Mulgrew
3Emilio Izaguirre
33Biram Kayal58
8Scott Brown
67Victor Wanyama
11Lassad75
9Georgios Samaras83
88Gary Hooper

substitutes

32Tony Watt75
25Thomas Rogne
49James Forrest58
24Lukasz Zaluska
46Dylan McGeouch
31John Herron83
20Patrick McCourt

referee

Euan Norris

team line-up

25Mark Brown
5Scott Boyd
22Mihael Kovacevic
4Grant Munro
3Marc Fitzpatrick
11Iain Vigurs
12Rocco Quinn77
10Richard Brittain
21Alex Cooper54
7Stuart Kettlewell88
9Colin McMenamin

substitutes

8Paul Lawson77
20Gary Glen88
15Mark Corcoran54
24Steven Ross
1Michael Fraser
23Archie Macphee
6Ross Tokely

referee

Euan Norris

match stats

possession %8118
shots on target94
shots off target43
corners44
tackles won00
offsides11