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Saturday 24 March 2018

Judge sends Hoops down

Aiden McGeady joining Spartak Moscow will provide manager Neil Lennon the funds to bolster his squad and he will need them after Celtic's 2-1 defeat in their final friendly match against Blackburn Rovers before they kick off the SPL season at Inverness on Saturday.

Blackburn scored early as Dundalk's Richie Towell rashly fouled Nikola Kalinic 30-yards out and David Dunn curled the ball into Lukasz Zaluska's top corner.

Their lead was short-lived, however, as Derry man Paddy McCourt beat Brett Emerton with an audacious nutmeg before releasing Marc-Antoine Fortune, who drew Paul Robinson from his line before stroking the ball in.

Sub Morten Rasmussen, ought to have scored after being sent clear by Towell but Blackburn got the scrappy winner in the 64th minute from sub Alan Judge.

Irish Independent

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