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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
first half Celtic walked allover the *...only 3 good saves by that unknown goalkeeper kept Celtic at bay...

second half....Celtic were pish...Douglas developed an allergy to the ball and * up to allow rangers to go one up...
3 * HUGE crap defenders let a wee Spanish * run between them to score a pish easy goal....

Thommo has had his day and couldnt pass water...Petrov would need help to cross the road...

Bellamy done alright....

Douglas * up!!

Think that sums up the game...
the celtic team, today welcomed a new face, ex-liverpool defender, stefan henchoz was drafted in to help out the defence for the trip to fife, but other new signing craig bellamy was left out due to martin o'neill not wanting to risk the welshman apparently because he didn't like the idea of him playing on the plastic pitch with his history of injuries, but he would have struggled to get into the attack if he knew how well chris sutton and john hartson would play today.

this was a cup game and the celtic players weren't risking their cup run against a premier league team like dunfermline, who have given celtic some well fought matches in the past.

in the first 5 minutes the pars were on top, but were hit on the break by a 7th minute john hartson goal provided by sutton.

2 minutes later, hartson was causing havock again by unluckily hitting the crossbar, for player of the month, chris sutton to easily rebound in with a header.

about 30 minutes into the game, dunfermline goalkeeper, derek stillie was on hand to save a well hit alan thompson free kick.

dunfermline then had another a little spell, forcing 7 corners, but not causing any distruption to the celtic team.

a few minutes before half time, a mix up in the dunfermline defence gifted john hartson for him to side foot his 21st goal of the season.

celtic had done all the hard work in the first half and knew that there wasn't as much work to do in the 2nd half and it showed when they kept possession for most of the second half.

believe it or not after forcing aroung 8 corners through the match , dunfermline hit their first shot 53 minutes into the game, but it was too far away to cause the celtic goalkeeper, rab douglas any trouble.

on the 70th minute mark, dunfermline's andus skerla's powerful header was well saved by douglas.

towards the end of the game, noel hunt's well headed shot beat rab douglas but hit off the bar to be cleared to safety.

DUNFERMLINE ATHLETIC 0-3 CELTIC...