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Nakamura on target in Celtic win

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Nakamura boosted his spirits after a miserable debut in the Old Firm game last weekend.

GLASGOW, Scotland -- Japanese midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura scored his first goal for Celtic on Sunday in a 4-0 away win over Dunfermline to lift them to second in the Scottish standings.

Nakamura was on target in the 58th minute when he latched onto a pass from Maciej Zurawski before drilling a left-footed low drive into the right corner.

Runaway league leaders Hearts have maximum points after five games with Celtic five points adrift.

Despite the win, Strachan said his defenders still needed to improve.

"I was quite disappointed," said the coach whose team suffered a heavy defeat the previous week in the Old Firm derby against arch rivals Rangers.

"We showed we could score goals but I felt we left the defending to individuals at times, which is disappointing for a manager.

"It was poor defending as a unit and we will have to work at that. I think the players got sloppy after going 2-0 up."

Celtic, without suspended captain Neil Lennon and Alan Thompson after last week's 3-1 loss to Rangers, took just five minutes to break the deadlock.

Polish striker Zurawski netted the opener when he slalomed his way down the left flank, cut into the penalty area before dispatching a low right footed shot in at the near post to put Celtic 1-0 up.

Dunfermline were punished five minutes later when Scott Thomson passed the ball to goalkeeper Bryn Halliwell whose clearance as he slipped was deflected off Scott Wilson into the path of striker John Hartson.

The Wales international side-footed the ball into an empty goal from the edge of the box to offer Celtic a 2-0 lead after only 10 minutes of play.

Dunfermline's disasterous start looked all set to change for the better when they were awarded a penalty after Adam Virgo fouled Mark Burchill in the 27th minute.

But the home side's manager Jim Leishman watched on in disbelief as Burchill's low strike was tipped around the upright by Celtic's goalkeeper Artur Boruc.

With their best opportunity of a recovery behind them Dunfermline slipped further behind when Nakamura scored.

Zurawski then netted his second and Celtic's fourth in the 74th minute, when he rifled a low right-footed shot from 18 yards out past Halliwell to extend the Glasgow giants' rout to 4-0.

On Saturday, supersub Ivan Sproule scored a hat-trick as Hibs beat Rangers 3-0 win at Ibrox.

The Hibs youngster stunned Rangers with a sensational late treble to hand Tony Mowbray's troops their first success in Glasgow's South Side since 1995.

Leaders Hearts maintained their 100-percent record after a 2-1 win over Motherwell.

In Sunday's other match, Dundee United and Inverness fought out a 1-1 draw.

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