Kris Commons came off the bench to grab the winner 11 minutes from time to spare Celtic´s blushes against a resolute St Mirren side at Parkhead on Saturday.
Giorgios Samaras and Mark Wilson were both left on the bench and Scott Brown left out altogether as all three are just one booking away from suspension. A yellow card could have ruled them out of the final Old Firm game of the season.
As it was, the Hoops struggled to break down a Buddies´defence until the introduction of Commons, Joe Ledley and the returning Shaun Maloney. However, the visitors could have snatched a point at the death had John Potter´s shot been on target.
The win means Celtic go five points clear at the top of the SPL pending today´s game between Hamilton and Rangers at New Douglas Park.
Old Firm duo target Hines.
Celtic and Rangers are set to go head-to-head this summer in a bid to sign West Ham United´s England Under-21 international Zavon Hines, reports The National. The Jamaica-born striker has not been offered an improved contract at Upton Park after suffering a knee injury for much of the last two years.
Hines, 22, will now be able to move outside the English Premier League at the end of the season for a FIFA-determined ´training compensation payment´, which could end up as low as £300,000. If the player were to move within England his club could ask for a considerably higher fee.
Having broken into the West Ham first team under Gianfranco Zola the club had opened contracts talks with Hines when he suffered his injury, which required surgery.
Parents released without charge.
Celtic star Anthony Stokes´ parents and an uncle have been released without charge by Dublin police after being arrested in Ireland, reports The Scotsman.
All three were questioned by detectives following the uncovering of ammunition and a quantity or cocaine at the couple´s pub in Dublin on Friday. Paul Byrne, 46, the footballer´s uncle, was also released without charge.
Last month Stokes´ 54-year-old father was ordered to remove a 40ft banner banning the Queen from visiting his establishment during her impending state visit.
The player himself was in the starting line-up for yesterday´s game with St Mirren and assistant manager Johan Mjallby said: “We had no concerns about playing Stokes. If you are a footballer you want to be on the pitch whatever is happening around you.”