Samaras and Hooper send Celtic seven clear

Thu, Dec 27, 2012, 00:00

Dundee 0 Celtic 2:Smart finishes from Georgios Samaras and Gary Hooper sent Celtic seven points clear at the top of the Scottish Premier League with victory at Dundee last night.

Samaras sent Celtic on their way to a fifth consecutive SPL victory with an overhead kick 16 minutes into a one-sided first half at Dens Park.

Dundee made a game of it after the break and Colin Nish missed a great chance to equalise but Hooper secured the points in the 71st minute when he lobbed Rab Douglas.

An inswinging corner from Charlie Mulgrew led to the opener as Tony Watt fired a shot from beyond the back post that Douglas pushed on to the bar. The rebound fell nicely to Samaras who hooked the ball over his head and into the top corner.

Hooper showed his frustration late on when he aimed a kick at Kyle Benedictus, the ensuing confrontation earning both players a booking from Iain Brines.

But the English striker was soon celebrating when Mikel Lustig’s lofted ball up the right bounced over Declan Gallagher’s head and the former Scunthorpe striker lobbed Douglas from 16 yards.

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