By Ryan Fleming
Perhaps Celtic couldn’t have scripted yesterday’s match against Hearts any better, but Robbie Keane sure could have.
Celtic won 2-0, but Keane, having at least a handful of shots parried off of Hearts keeper Marian Kello, should have increased his side’s lead by at least a score or two.
Glenn Loovens and Marc-Antoine Fortune tallied for Celtic in the second half just a minute apart to separate the two sides. The first half saw both sides having equal chances, but neither side able to notch a goal.
Celtic winger, Aidan McGeady, was shown a yellow card right after the half time whistle blew for punting the ball into the stands. The second half was a completely different story for the Glasgow side desperately in need of points to stay within a dream of catching Rangers, who were 10 points ahead of them in the SPL table.
The Hoops came out in the second half a spirited side that seemed to have the desire needed for a push. With almost the entire team in the box, Loovens received the corner from Diomansy Kamara and gave two kicks at it before the second one found its way into the back of the net. Just 60 seconds later Fortune was sent through on a McGeady pass down the right side. The Frenchman sprinted his way into the box then slipped the ball past Kello to put the Glasgow side up two.
Keane had the majority of his chances in the latter half, but Kello was up to the task. The Irish international was called offside a number of times; most were followed by Keane waving his finger at the line judge.
Defenseman, Edson Braafheid, made his Celtic Park debut as did Kamara. Braafheid played solid throughout the match. When challenged the Dutch international kept attackers at bay and showed confidence when moving forward. It would almost be foolish of Celtic not to pursue a long-term deal with Braafheid – a move that could help stabilize their back four, for years.
With Rangers tying Motherwell 1-1, Celtic are now eight points behind their rivals. The Hoops play Aberdeen on Saturday while Gers take on Hibernian at IBrox on Sunday.
Spurs Slip Slidin’ Away
Tottenham have been one of the EPL’s strongest teams this season. That is, until lately.
The Spurs have one only once in their last six matches. To make it all the worse, they lost to Wolverhampton, a team that was in the relegation zone before the match started.
David Jones placed a cross by Matt Jarvis past Spur keeper, Heurelho Gomes, in the 27th minute and hurt the North London side’s chances of playing Champions League football next season.
The win over Spurs was the Wolves’s second this season.
New signing Eidur Gudjohnsen saw his first action of the season for his new club. Tottenham skipper, Harry Redknapp, substituted Peter Crouch for Gudjohnsen in the 63rd minute.
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