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Celtic 2-1 Queen's Park

Gary Caldwell
Gary Caldwell headed Celtic into an early lead

Celtic progressed to the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup with a narrow victory over Queen's Park.

Gary Caldwell headed past David Crawford in the 19th minute after Darren O'Dea had returned a Lee Naylor free-kick to the back post.

Scott McDonald knocked in Celtic's second just before the break.

In the 67th minute Adam Coakley pulled one back for the visitors after good work by Ryan Holms, but was later red carded for persistent fouling.

The Hampden side almost capitalised on Celtic's slow start when Artur Boruc had to parry a long-distance drive from midfielder Holms with only two minutes played.

Celtic soon settled and in the ninth minute the returning Shaun Maloney set up Vennegoor of Hesselink, but the Dutchman's 12-yard shot was blocked on the line by Queen's defender James Brough.

In the 19th minute, after Spiders' defender Martin Ure was booked for a foul on Aiden McGeady, Celtic took the lead.

Lee Naylor swung a free-kick in from wide on the left and O'Dea rose at the back post to head back across goal and Caldwell headed the ball past Crawford from eight yards out.

In the 24th minute Crawford stretched to thwart Maloney's long-range free-kick.

Just before half-time McDonald was on hand to knock a Vennegoor of Hesselink header over the line to double Celtic's lead.

Queen's Park started the second half strongly and in the 50th minute Harkins drove forward before laying the ball off to Ian Watt but the striker's shot from 16 yards bounced wide.

The part-timers looked to be running out of steam, but kept pushing for a goal.

In the 63rd minute they almost reduced the deficit when Holms' cross from the right landed at the feet of Steven Nicholas, but his shot hit the side-netting.

Two minutes later, substitute Coakley pulled a goal back for the visitors.

Holms crossed in from the right and Coakley's first effort on goal was saved by Boruc before the striker pounced on the rebound to knock it in off the far post.

The Second Division side went all out for an equaliser, but the goalscorer Coakley picked up a second yellow for a late challenge on Naylor in the 79th minute, ending his involvement in the tie, and his side's hopes of a replay.

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan:
"It was very poor, I didn't enjoy it all, and I didn't enjoy watching it.

"Darren O'Dea did well and Paddy showed a wee bit of promise when he came on along with Paul Hartley, who was one of my better picks.

"Artur did well too, but apart from that, we were rather poor."

Queens Park manager Gardner Spiers:
"Before the game, we were hopeful and determined to give a good account of ourselves, and I think we did that.

"I thought we played well in the second half, but we built some decent attacks, and we thoroughly deserved the goal.

"With a wee bit of luck, we might have come close on a few occasions."

Celtic: Boruc, Hinkel, Caldwell, O'Dea, Naylor, Maloney (McCourt 61), Crosas (Donati 42), Hartley, McGeady, Vennegoor of Hesselink (Samaras 75), McDonald. Subs Not Used: Fox, Misun.

Booked: McDonald.

Goals: Caldwell 19, McDonald 45.

Queens Park: Crawford, Ure (Dunlop 86), Sinclair, Brough, Douglas, Holms, Cairney, Quinn, Watt (Coakley 60), Harkins (Ronald 86), Nicholas. Subs Not Used: Cowie, Agostini.

Sent Off: Coakley (81).

Booked: Ure, Coakley, Quinn, Brough.

Goals: Coakley 66.

Att: 22,223

Ref: W Collum

BBC Sport Player Rater man of the match: Queen's Park's Paul Cairney 7.75 (on 90 minutes).

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see also
Scottish Cup as it happened
07 Feb 09 |  Scottish Cups
Scottish Cup photos
07 Feb 09 |  Scotland

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