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Thursday 17 April 2014

Sublime Hooper seals landmark victory

Dundee 0
Celtic 2

Celtic coasted to their 400th SPL win with an ease that embarrassed their hapless hosts at times, demonstrating a gulf of class between the top and bottom slots of the table.

For a brief spell at the start of the second half it was possible to admire the spirit and skill Dundee showed, but for the rest of the game it was far easier to summon sympathy for the home side as they were so comprehensively outclassed by their opponents.

With the shutdown looming, Celtic might have hoped for a sterner test, but they stuck to their tasks well enough, closing out with a first-half goal by Georgios Samaras and another after the turn by Gary Hooper. In the 16th minute, Charlie Mulgrew sent a corner over from the right and found Tony Watt. Rab Douglas managed to parry the 18 year-old's effort, but the goalkeeper only managed to knock it towards Samaras, who finished off with a spectacular overhead strike.

Celtic killed off the contest with a superb goal on 71 minutes. It stemmed from a long ball down the right side by Mikael Lustig – Hooper's sublime first touch brought it under control, and a deft chip over the advancing Douglas saw it settle in the net. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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