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Goals by Ian Black and David Templeton gave a 2-0 Hearts victory over 10-man Celtic in a turbulent Clydesdale Bank Premier League encounter at Tynecastle which saw Hoops manager Neil Lennon sent to the stand.

Black gave the home side the lead with a deflected drive in the 28th minute and in the 56th minute he was crunched in a tackle by Joe Ledley to earn the Hoops midfielder a red card.

Two minutes later the Gorgie men scored a breakaway second through Templeton before Lennon was dismissed from the dugout by referee Craig Thomson after aggressively complaining about a Celtic penalty claim that was ignored.

Celtic survived a goalmouth melee following a Rudi Skacel corner and then, in the 13th minute, Stephen Elliott crashed a header off the crossbar from 10 yards after Templeton volleyed towards goal from the right-hand side.

The challenges and tackles continued to fly in as both sides battled for dominance but in the 28th minute the home side enjoyed a slice of fortune when they took the lead through Black. The former Inverness midfielder took a short free-kick from Skacel and let fly from 30 yards, watching as the ball took a deflection off Daniel Majstorovic before looping over Fraser Forster in goal.

Four minutes from the break Shaun Maloney dispossessed Hearts skipper Marius Zaliukas on the byline, allowing Anthony Stokes to set up the unmarked Gary Hooper but his low drive from 16 yards was blocked by Kello's legs.

The game boiled over in the 56th minute when Ledley was handed a straight red card by Thomson after a tackle on Black which left the Hearts player requiring treatment.

The Celtic bench was enraged but two minutes later there was more trouble for Celtic when Skacel raced down the left and crossed for the unmarked Templeton to slide past Forster from 12 yards.

In the 70th minute there were loud claims for a Celtic penalty when Ryan Stevenson made an intervention in the box with what might have been an arm but referee Thomson played on.

Lennon complained long and loud to the fourth official McLean and linesman Chambers, and was ordered by Thomson to leave the technical area.

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