Celtic went into the New Year on top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League and on a nine win streak, and their first game of 2012 was away to bottom side Dunfermline. The Celtic fans travelled in good numbers to East End Park and there was good news on the injury front as Emilio Izzaguire was back in the squad after being out with a dislocated ankle since the second game of the season
Samaras once again started and it has to be said that he played well, since the Europa League games he has found a real good run of form. Stokes and Hooper also started along with Brown. Kayal was not in the squad after getting injured in the Old Firm last Wednesday. Celtic were looking to make it ten wins in a row and Dunfermline having already found out that Hibernian had lost to Hearts in the Edinburgh Derby were hoping to get themselves off the foot of the table.
The game started off slowly and both teams were sloppy until the ten minute mark when Celtic started to attack. Samaras played a good ball across the face of goal and it had beaten the goalkeeper but there was no Celtic players in the six yard box who could latch onto the cross. Celtic continued to attack and looked more and more threatening as the minutes went by, it was Anthony Stokes who scored Celtic’s first goal after eighteen minutes. It ended a seven games goal drought for the Irishman.
Celtic pushed on after that and just two minutes later Wanyama forced a save from Dunfermline goalkeeper Smith. But that was Celtic’s last chance for almost twenty minutes as the strong weather conditions turned the game into a battle in midfield. The game then exploded back into life in the thirty sixth minute after Stokes put his second shot of the game wide. This chance was followed by Dunfermline’s first shot of the game but it drifted wide.
It was forty minutes in and from a Celtic free kick that Wanyama got his second goal of the season, Charlie Mulgrew crossed it in and Wanyama side footed the ball into the net. This confirmed the three points for Celtic and the hoops fans who had filled two and a half stands were singing “Just can’t get enough” nice and loud.
It was the sixty ninth minute when Celtic got their third and Charlie Mulgrew chipped the keeper with a free kick from nearer to the halfway line than the box and that really meant it was party time for the Celtic fans, they had won ten games in a row and had maintained their two point lead over Rangers at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League table. The cherry was put on top of the cake in the seventy ninth minute when Emilio Izzaguire came on and the Celtic fans applauded his every run and touch. It was a great performance by Celtic, their next league game is against St. Johnstone on January 14th but first they play Peterhead in the Cup on the 8th January.
Celtic team celebrate the opener against Dunfermline.