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Blackburn consider Bellamy swoop


Blackburn manager Mark Hughes is willing to offer Craig Bellamy a permanent escape route from Newcastle.
The 25-year-old Wales striker joined Celtic on loan in January until the end of the season following his fall-out with Magpies boss Graeme Souness.

However, former Wales manager Hughes is hoping to raise the £5m needed to land Bellamy but faces opposition from the Glasgow giants.

He said: "I made an enquiry in January and it's something I'll look at again."

Hughes told The Sun newspaper: "It is Newcastle's decision whether they want to keep Craig, but he is a player I obviously know well from my time as Wales manager.

"A striker is something for the summer and the sooner we can secure our Premiership status, the sooner we can plan for the future.

"We will look at a number of players in the summer."

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell, who is understood to be in talks with Newcastle to make Bellamy's move permanent, said: "Craig has been a huge success and everyone at Celtic is delighted with him.

"He has fitted in brilliantly and we have no complaints about him on or off the park. The board know the fans would love him to stay - we want him to stay too."
There was a slight change to the Celtic team today, Chris Sutton who is out because of injury was replaced by teenage sensation, Aiden McGeady. This was the only change in the starting 11.

Celtic started well and early on and Slovakian Centre back, Stanislav Varga was brought down in the box by Andy Todd for a penalty claim, only to be waved away by Brines.

But a few minutes later after a Bellamy foul, a free-kick taken by Alan Thompson was tapped in from close range by recently out of form, Hartson.

Bellamy then blasted high over the bar from a great lay off by McGeady.

For the rest of the first half, Celtic didn't create many chances making it quite dull.

Celtic came out better for the second half and 15 minutes into the second half, young McGeady made it 2. He beat Derek Stillie to the bottom corner from 25 yards.

A quickly taken corner by McGeady, which stunned Dunfermline,found Bellamy tapped on to his fellow welshman Hartson who tapped in from close range for his 24th League goal of the season.

McNamara nearly got a third for Celtic, but his shot rebounded off the post to Craig Bellamy and his cross was volleyed in by Bulgarian Captain, Stilian Petrov.

Dunfermline then had no hope and Stilian Petrov got a second after his first shot was blocked, he rebounded into the Pars goal to then make it 5-0 to Celtic.

Celtic weren't stopping and were unlucky with further chances from Hartson, Bellamy and Dianbobo Balde before getting a sixth goal on the last minute by sub, Craig Beattie. Fellow substitute, Ross Wallace dummied Greg Ross and crossed for Beattie to head in.

Match on Saturday 12th March 2005, wrote on Tuesday 15th March 2005.

CELTIC............6-0 DUNFERMLINE
Hartson, 9, 69
McGeady, 61
Petrov, 72, 75
Beattie, 89

ATTENDANCE 58,908
Celtic needed the victory today as Rangers had dropped points against Inverness after ex-Celt Brian Prunty netted on 93 minutes.

Celtic sent out a usual 442 lineup, with Bellamy a striker and Sutton in Midfield.

Celtic started well and stunned the Hibees with an early goal, a Chris Sutton cross which John Hartson failed to get onto the end of was tapped in by Stilian Petrov.

Just after the goal, new signing Craig Bellamy's shot was unlucky and forced a corner.

Hibs after Celtic being all over them, started to threaten Celtic, and Robert Douglas was going up for high balls, knocking away a David Murphy cross.

Their spell was short lived though, and on 31 minutes Celtic found another breakthrough, yet again, Chris Sutton was causing problems in the Hibernian defence he crossed to Craig Bellamy who knocked the ball onto his fellow Welshman, John Harson to net his 22nd of the season.

Unfortunately Sutton limped off after pulling a hamstring while crossing for the goal, the Englisman's likely to be out for the next six weeks. Aiden McGeady replaced him.

Just before half-time, Dianbobo Balde was lucky to be let off the hook when his disappointingly short backpass was touched away by Robert Douglas and was safely cleared away by Stanislav Varga.

Young Irish International, McGeady was as usual, causing bother in the Hibees defence and his cross was just missed by Slovakian centre-half, Stanislav Varga.

Bellamy had a good chance on 62 minutes, which he hit miles over the bar.

Bellamy's big breakthrough came on the 70 minute mark when he smartly finished a through ball by Alan Thompson.

Celtic knew all the hard work was done and for the last twenty minutes just mostly concentrated on keeping hold of their lead, until Stoppage time when Frenchman, Guillaume Beuzelin netted a consolation.

Match on Sunday 6th March 2005

HIBERNIAN 1-3 CELTIC
......................PETROV, 4
......................HARTSON, 31...
Celtic weren't taking any Prisoners today and put out a normal team today with the exception of Juninho Paulista for his first start since the 1-0 away win against Aberdeen in mid January, giving young Ireland International talent, Aiden McGeady a rest on the bench.

Celtic were troubling Clyde Goalkeeper, Bryn Halliwell constantly and the Englishman was on hand to save threats from Sutton, Bellamy and Juninho early on in the first half.

Clyde plater, Craig Bryson scored an amazing strike for the home team on the half hour, only to find that Referee, Thomson had already blown for a foul by Celtic's Stilian Petrov.
From the free-kick that had ruled the Midfielder's goal out, Darren Sheridan hit the post for Clyde after curling around the Celtic wall.

Craig Bellamy then had a good chance and tried to lob Halliwell, but Halliwell did well to save.

Five minutes before the interval, a Juninho corner was headed in by 6 foot 6 defender, Stanislav Varga.

At half-time, Chris Sutton made way for Shaun Maloney for his first competitive match of the season for the Bhoys.
After the break, the Striker hit a free-kick into the Clyde wall, but the ball rebounded back to him he was tripped in the box by Bryson.
Alan Thompson fired in the penalty to make it 2-0.

Bellamy and Sheridan got into a patch of bother with the Referee, receiving a yellow card each after some pushing and shoving between the two.

Halliwell was at full stretch to save a Juninho shot and watched Petrov's cracking effort come off the bar.

On the hour, Juninho and Petrov combined together for Celtic's third. A one-two gave Petrov a great chance which he took for his seventh goal of the season.

Varga tapped in Celtic's fourth and his second of the game on 67 minutes from another Thompson corner .

Celtic completed the rout after 71 minutes, when Bellamy got a goal. Some neat work between McNamara, Maloney and McGeady let him in for his first for the club.

Celtic mostly kept...
celtic res 1 nil up momo sylla