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.