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Celts cut gap but rue spot of bother

NEIL Lennon has virtually given up on finding a cure for Celtic's penalty kick woe after missing another in their 2-1 victory over Dunfermline.

Ki Sung Yeung sent his 54th minute spot-kick wide of the Dunfermline goal to join the roll of dishonour that features Anthony Stokes (2), Gary Hooper (2), Kris Commons and Georgios Samaras, who have all missed from 12 yards out this year.

Celtic had produced some outstanding football throughout the first half and should have had more than just goals from Hooper and James Forrest to show for their efforts.

A late goal from Andy Barrowman made the closing stages much more nervy than they should have been after over an hour of almost total dominance.

When Forrest went down in the box Stokes raced to claim the ball to take the penalty but following instructions from the bench Ki reluctantly stepped forward and sent his penalty wide of the target.

Issue

Lennon has been through it all before but on the question of missed penalties, he puffed out his cheeks and shook his head when the inevitable topic was raised last night.

"I don't know how you can address it," the Celtic boss admitted. "You can practise them, practise and practise but with the quality of ball strikers and goalscorers we have it shouldn't be a major issue.

"I don't know how many we've missed out of the last eight or nine. Obviously it is a bit of a concern

"There was a wee bit of confusion because Ki didn't start on Saturday so Stokesy was picked to take them. Ki was back in the team but Stokesy still wanted to take it.

"Ki took and scored the last one (against Udinese) so we felt comfortable with him taking it. For someone as technically gifted as him to miss the target was surprising."

Last night's win cut Rangers lead at the top to seven points with Celtic looking to make further inroads by beating St Mirren on Saturday before Rangers face Kilmarnock on Sunday.


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