Celtic close gap at summit to seven points

Robbie Keane's first-half strike gave Celtic a narrow, but deserved, 1-0 win over Dundee United at Parkhead.
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Robbie Keane's first-half strike gave Celtic a narrow, but deserved, 1-0 win over Dundee United at Parkhead.

The Hoops now move within seven points of Rangers at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

Rangers now have a game in hand ahead of next weekend's Old Firm clash after their lunchtime game at St Johnstone was called off due to a frozen pitch.

Keane said that, while Rangers still had the upper hand in the SPL run-in, his team were going to Ibrox to win.

"If you look at the points difference, Rangers are still in control of the situation. It's Rangers (title) to throw away,” the striker said.

"Of course it's going to be difficult at Ibrox, they are doing well at the moment but the pressure is all on them. Sometimes it's better to be chasing because we have absolutely nothing to lose.

"There is still a long way to go but we will be going there to win the game."

Boss Tony Mowbray was happy with three points and a clean sheet and highlighted the showing of his young central defensive partnership.

"[Thompson and Rogne] were thrown in to do a job and kept a clean sheet and stood up to the physical task that was in front of them,” Mowbray said.

"Looking at the team Dundee United put out, they thought there would be a weakness there. They had strong, physical guys up front but they handled it well."

"Are we likely to have [Hooiveld and Loovens] back for next week? I don't know. They will both be chasing I would suggest.

"The bottom line is that they will only have a chance when they get their boots on and get on the training ground. The clock doesn't stop for anybody, we will wait and see."

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