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Hooper brace heaps woe on Hibs

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Gary Hooper claimed a double as Celtic reclaimed top spot in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League with a 3-1 win over Hibernian.

Anthony Stokes set the ball rolling before Hooper converted from the penalty spot and claimed his second shortly before half-time.

Liam Miller pulled a goal back from the spot before Hooper passed up the chance of a hat-trick from another penalty.

Celtic could have taken the lead after 25 seconds when Hooper exchanged a one-two with Stokes before unleashing the shot that was blocked bravely by Mark Brown.

The Hoops were ahead after four minutes when Emilio Izaguirre supplied the pass for Stokes and he sent an angled drive into the bottom corner.

Celtic doubled their lead with 20 minutes gone when Scott Brown was tripped in the box by Martin Scott and Hooper lashed high into the net from the penalty spot.

Celtic had the net bulging again six minutes from the break, this time Hooper racing onto a Stokes pass before rifling home from six yards.

Hibs pulled a goal back after 66 minutes when referee Euan Norris ruled Charlie Mulgrew had fouled David Wotherspoon in the box. Miller then held his nerve to convert from 12 yards.

Celtic could have ended any small hope Hibs had of a comeback when Stokes stood over a free-kick on the edge of the box but Brown saved well to tip the swerving effort past the post.

Kris Commons and Freddie Ljungberg were thrown into the action late on, the latter making an impact when he was felled by Paul Hanlon in the area with 84 minutes gone but Hooper blew the chance of a hat-trick when he fired wide from the spot.

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