Rovers edge out Hoops at Parkhead

Dunn and Judge netted either side of a Marc-Antoine Fortune strike
as the two sides rounded off their preparations for their
respective new league campaigns which begin next weekend. Blackburn
forced Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska into his first save as
early as the eighth minute through a Brett Emerton header, expertly
set up by Dunn, and were ahead just four minutes later. Richie
Towell was a surprise starter in the Celtic midfield, but the
youngster’s first noteworthy contribution was to foul Nikola
Kalinic on the edge of the area and Dunn curled in the resulting
free-kick. Celtic were quick to respond and levelled on 17 minutes
when Paddy McCourt’s clever pass prompted a smart finish from
Fortune who slipped the ball beyond Paul Robinson in the Blackburn
goal. Robinson, who has announced his retirement from international
football despite being named in the squad for Wednesday’s England
friendly with Hungary, was almost beaten again when Milan Misun
headed over from point blank range. Gary Hooper limped off for
Celtic to be replaced by Morten Rasmussen and the Danish substitute
should have scored with his first touch only to badly miskick when
played in on goal by Towell following some deft McCourt skill on
the left touchline. Klasnic was denied by Zaluska a minute after
the restart, while at the other end Rasmussen failed to connect
with an attempted flick a yard from goal after Daryl Murphy’s low
driven cross from the left. In the 53rd minute, Dunn’s brilliant
attempted chip from long range stranded Zaluska, heavily criticised
for his indifferent form during pre-season, only to drift onto the
roof of the net. In the 65th minute, Blackburn restored their
advantage when Kalinic exploited some poor defending from Celtic’s
Andreas Hinkel to play in substitute Judge who netted with a
well-placed angled drive. Celtic did push for a late equaliser and
probably would have got it but for Robinson whose fine diving stop
to tip a fierce Murphy effort over the bar acted as a timely
reminder of the quality now lost to his country.