Celtic 4 - 1 Kilmarnock

Match info: Scottish Premier at Celtic Park

Date: 30/01/2013 KO: 19:45 Ref: C Murray

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Celtic

Joe Ledley 41
Adam Matthews 50,83
Anthony Stokes 78

4
vs
1

Kilmarnock

Cillian Sheridan 48

FT (ht: 1-0)

  • Last Updated: January 30 2013, 23:07 GMT

Neil Lennon admits Georgios Samaras could be struggling for Celtic's Champions League last-16 clash with Juventus after the Greece striker came off with a hamstring problem during the 4-1 Clydesdale Bank Premier League win over Kilmarnock at Parkhead.

Neil Lennon gets a message to his players
Neil Lennon gets a message to his players

Samaras has been a key part of the Hoops' European journey this season but will have a scan on Thursday to see if he is able to feature in the first leg at home to the Italians on February 12.

Celtic boss Lennon is more confident that defender Emilio Izaguirre, who also went off before the break with a knee injury, will recover quickly.

Lennon said: "Emilio should be okay. He just felt a little bit of tightness at the back of the knee. Georgios, we think, may have a slight strain but he will be scanned and we are hoping it is not too serious.

"It is two weeks until Juventus and if it is more than a mild strain then it will be a concern. At the minute it doesn't look too bad but the scan will reveal more."

Helped by an Adam Matthews double, his first two SPL goals of the season, Celtic ended up comfortable winners after a moment of controversy in the first half.

Killie were raging when teenager Ross Barbour appeared to have squeezed the ball over the line in the 37th minute only for referee Calum Murray to wave play on after Lukasz Zaluska retrieved the situation.

Their frustration was compounded three minutes from the interval when substitute Joe Ledley, on for Izaguirre, fired the home side into the lead with a long-range drive.

Former Celt Cillian Sheridan levelled two minutes after the break before Matthews arrowed in a shot from 25 yards and after Anthony Stokes, on for Kris Commons, grabbed a third, the Wales international sealed the win from close range to take the champions 15 points clear of Inverness at the top of the table.

Surprisingly, top scorer Gary Hooper was not on the scoresheet but Lennon expects the Norwich target to still be at Parkhead when the transfer window closes tomorrow.

Lennon last week said the Canaries second bid was nowhere near the £6million reported and revealed that a third bid had also come up short.

Lennon said: "Never say never but we had a third bid (on Tuesday) from Norwich but that was rejected. It was well short.

"We haven't put a price on him but if people want to make a bid then fine but they will have to come forward with the money.

"If I was a betting man I would bet he was still here on Friday but I am not a betting man, as you know.

"A lot of things can happen in the last day but there has only been one concrete offer and that has been from Norwich for Gary.

"The next time we are here we are playing Juventus and I think that really appeals to him, as does going forward in the SPL.

"He is ambitious, he want so further his career eventually but for now he looks pretty happy to me."

Killie assistant Jimmy Nicholl insists the Rugby Park players were incandescent when Barbour's 'goal' was not given.

He said: "The ball was apparently over the line, I don't know but our boys were going absolutely ballistic because the boys in the box swore it was over the line.

"Barbour came in the back and scored and the kid was adamant the ball was over the line, that's why our boys were going ballistic.

"I was disappointed for them because it should have been a goal but there were positives apart from the result in the end."


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