Celtic gathering momentum

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Gary Hooper is looking for the Celtic bandwagon to roll on to Saturday after Wednesday night's 2-1 win over Dunfermline at Parkhead took them to within seven points of Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders Rangers.

Hooper and midfielder James Forrest gave the home side a comfortable half-time lead but the Hoops then missed chance upon chance to increase their advantage, including a Ki Sung-yueng penalty, before a goal by Pars striker Andy Barrowman with four minutes remaining had the Celtic supporters glad to hear the final whistle.

Neil Lennon's men now travel to St Mirren on Saturday before Rangers travel to Kilmarnock on Sunday, and Hooper said: "We have won four games in a row now. We need to get the fifth on Saturday, in what is another big game against St Mirren, who are a good side. No matter how we do it, we have to win every game."

He added: "We have turned the corner and are playing really well. Last night was another big win in our game in hand and now we can make the gap four points on Saturday.

"The first-half performance was brilliant and we had the chances to see the game out then.

"I can't explain it, maybe missing the penalty changed the game a bit, they got on top and got the goal but we held out and got the three points."

Lennon was angered by the attitude of the Hoops fans in the final few minutes.

"I was angry," he said. "They forget the first 80 odd minutes when we played some great attacking football. I can understand the frustration but we are in a title battle and we need all the support we can get at times.

"My annoyance is that the third goal should have been ours and we would have been comfortable winners in the end and everyone will probably talk about the fact that we were scrambling for the win which was ridiculous.

"People will talk about the last three or four minutes but we created loads of clear-cut chances and at one stage we could have been looking at another Aberdeen (9-0)."

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