Celtic reduce Rangers' lead
Celtic moved to within a point of Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premier League with a 4-1 win over Dundee United at Parkhead today.
The Hoops laid siege to the United goal in a frenzied start and got the goal their pressure deserved when Gary Hooper poked home in the 23rd minute after a mistake from Garry Kenneth.
Israeli international Baram Kayal scored only his second goal for the club with a sensational strike in the 54th minute before United struck the post through substitute Johnny Russell.
Kris Commons made it 3-0 in the 85th minute before Russell pulled one back for United in the first minute of stoppage time, but sub Daryl Murphy restored their three-goal advantage with the last kick of the game.
Celtic could now move top with a win in their game in hand against Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Wednesday.
Celtic coach Neil Lennon hailed his side's performance. "We were brilliant from start to finish. When the second goal came we never looked back," Lennon said. "We're disappointed with the goal we conceded but Daryl's responded brilliantly.
Peter Houston said it had been his side's worst defensive performance of the season. "I think Celtic got their goals easily. That's not to take anything away from them," the Dundee United manager said.
"We looked like we lack a bit of belief and I just don't think we were anywhere near the standards we set ourselves."