Celtic 1-0 Inverness


Joe Ledley scored the only goal of the game as Celtic restored their four point lead at the top of the SPL but although the visitors didn’t force a save from Fraser Forster this was a tight encounter for most of the afternoon.

The opening minutes firmly belonged to Celtic.  Georgios Samaras had a first minute shot deflected wide and Victor Wanyama headed narrowly over from the resultant Charlie Mulgrew corner kick.  Inverness’ first venture up-field forced Mulgrew into an important interception on the edge of the area to deny Nick Ross.

The best move of the game resulted in the only goal.  Gary Hooper combined with Adam Matthews before James Forrest collected wide on the left.  The winger raced forward and fired the ball across the face of goal for Joe Ledley to meet it at the back post and knock the ball home.  Back post runs have been particularly profitable for Ledley this season.

Four minutes later Charlie Mulgrew worked the goalkeeper with a free kick from just outside the angle of the box but Ryan Esson turned the ball over.

At half time Celtic could have reflected that despite enjoying the vast majority of possession their lead remained narrow; twin strikers Georgios Samaras and Gary Hooper didn’t have much of an opening.

Early in the second half referee McLean had his first major decision of the day when Richie Foran wrestled Scott Brown to the ground, after play at stopped, with an arm around Brown’s neck.  The incident deserved a yellow card but Foran was already booked and the ref took no action.  Five minutes later Daniel Majstorovic ambled towards a ball played over his head but Inverness striker Jonny Hayes flew past the Celtic defender forcing Majstorovic into a sliding tackle five yards from his box.  Despite making clear contact with the ball, and no protests from Hayes, who continued to chase, the assistant referee indicated to the ref McLean that Majstorovic fouled.  McLean showed the Swedish central defender, who was the last man, a straight red card.

Inverness pressed forward and forced Celtic to defend deeply but the visitors were unable to create a genuine chance.  On 73 minutes an Adam Matthews free kick from near the corner flag was cutback to Ki, who mishit his shot, which appeared to be going out for a throw in but Georgios Samaras chased the lost cause with some effect.

Catching the ball on the line Samaras spun and darted past Williams, who, already on a yellow card, bundled the Celtic striker off the field.  The referee, perhaps mindful of his earlier trigger-happy moment with Majstorovic and failure to punish Foran, gave Williams a second yellow.

Back on an equal man-count Celtic were never again put under pressure although Hayes caught the defence napping to latch onto a 40 yard pass but fired over.

Jinky Samaras could have wrapped up the points late on with a mazy run but he was unable to convert.

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  1. Moonbeams WD. Kano 1000 \o/ Supporting Neil Lennon 100%. on




    Before BIG I de-registers you’ll have to let him in on your secret cure for hangovers.



    Peronni. Otherwise known as Alcoholism!!! :o))) (no that that’s really that funny. Really)




  2. Just noticed that a team with the name “Rangers” are playing in a Chilean premier league match just now, could that have been Craig Whytes master plan?

  3. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    e first footballer to face criminal charges for alleged racist abuse as his feud with Ian Wright burst back into life. While everyone expected the Arsenal striker to be charged with misconduct by the Football Association for his behaviour at Highbury on Wednesday night, it was the Manchester United goalkeeper who found himself in deeper trouble.



    Wright’s complaint that he subjected him to racial abuse during last November’s Premiership game at Old Trafford had not, as everyone believed, been quietly shelved.



    Instead, the police have been carrying out an extensive investigation and papers have now been lodged with the Crown Prosecution Service.



    There were no close witnesses to the alleged incident, but several lip- readers claimed that television pictures showed the Danish international swearing at Wright and, if the CPS decides that evidence is strong enough, Schmeichel will find himself in a unique test case.



    “There has been a long-running police investigation into the original incident at Old Trafford,” Steve Double, an FA spokesman, said. “As a result of police inquiries into the alleged racist remarks a report has been compiled and is currently being considered by the Crown Prosecution Service.”



    It would be the third time that United players have found themselves in a criminal court. Eric Cantona assaulted a Crystal Palace fan with his infamous kung-fu leap two years ago, while Paul Ince was acquitted for his part in the same incident.



    Schmeichel could also find himself in trouble with the FA for the tunnel scuffle with Wright after Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat on Wednesday.



    Arsenal believe he provoked Wright, who needed restraining by three policemen and the physiotherapist, Gary Lewin. Inquiries were continuing yesterday to see if there may have been a racist element to the incident.



    Schmeichel was incensed by Wright’s reckless, two-footed lunge which has left him with a badly-bruised ankle and doubtful for tomorrow’s game at Chelsea. The keeper was seen wagging his finger at Wright.



    Arsenal, conscious of the bad blood between the pair, had taken precautions to isolate Wright as he came off, crowding the tunnel area with police and stewards. But United appeared to leave their goalkeeper to his own devices and he seemed to be involved in exchanges all the way down the crowded Highbury pitch exit.



    Significantly, the FA has received an independent report on what happened from the match observer, Kelvin Morton, but it will not make any comment or decision until the match referee, Martin Bodenham, submits his summary.



    He did not see the scuffles but the police officers involved gave him a full account and he has indicated that it will feature prominently in his report.



    Indications are that Wright, who collected a booking which will already ensure another two-match ban, will certainly face a misconduct charge.



    Arsenal’s manager, Arsene Wenger, defended Wright on the night and refused to comment further yesterday, although having reviewed television pictures of the tackle, following through on the goalkeeper though whistled offside, Wenger may change his mind.



    However, with Arsenal five points behind and a game worse off than the leaders, United, Wenger can ill afford to suspend Wright, who is one of the club’s most popular players.

  4. tommytwiststommyturns on

    Themole – we’re lacking a creative spark that was mostly provided by KC last season, so maybe Rab will give us that option in the title run-in? Do you know, I had actually forgotten about him!


    The squad is mahoosive and we can’t afford to continue with the same amount of players on the books.




  5. Moonbeams WD. Kano 1000 \o/ Supporting Neil Lennon 100%. on

    lucky number 7



    I’m glad to hear it. I think! And I’ll let Terry know tae.




  6. RavenCelt says:


    12 February, 2012 at 14:27




    i apologise Negrito does not mean nigger



    it just means people of dark skin with afro hair styles

  7. This is my first posting.



    Should I make my comments now, or is it traditional to just sit back and wait for everyone to accuse me of being a hun?

  8. Taggsybhoy


    Thanks for all your hard work last night.



    Thanks to all for making it such a good night.


    First time l have been able to get out and have a beer(literally a beer) since November, so l enjoyed it all the more.



    Nice to see the Stornoway Black pudding went to a good home !



    I was amazed at the music knowledge of those who sat in he mastermind chair.

  9. I had pretty much forgotten about him as well tbh along with Blackman! yeah hopefully he can provide something different although cant really decide who i would leave out for him! Get the feeling Lenny wants as many options as possible so as not to leave anything to chance in trying to win this title. Reckon we’ll see quite a few departures in the summer

  10. Moonbeams WD. Kano 1000 \o/ Supporting Neil Lennon 100%. on




    How did your rendezvous go on Friday with he who’s name we shall not speak?



    Hope your old man had a good day yesterday.




  11. northshorebhoy says:


    12 February, 2012 at 14:35



    Anything you say,will be held against you.


    Welcome .



    Hope naebody else registers today,this being


    nice is hard going.

  12. Moonbeams WD. Kano 1000 \o/ Supporting Neil Lennon 100%. on




    Haud oan. I’ll Goan huv a look…




    Aye. Need tae go tae the docs aboot that.




  13. RavenCelt says:


    12 February, 2012 at 14:37




    go ahead then – tell the group what it means

  14. NorthshoreBoy


    Usual schedule is






    hun accusations


    denial (+ payment to any parties involved)


    posting without fear or favour



    So, the question is, is that first posting a comment or no? You may be judged a hun on your answer…

  15. The Good Ship Celtica. says:


    12 February, 2012 at 14:10



    I never said it was off limits



    If a Celtic poster/supporter posts a fitba opinion on a Celtic team players performance, why is it always interpreted as an attack on Neil Lennon, i have always enjoyed discussing all things Celtic in my lifetime it springs from a love of the club,



    We all want Celtic to succeed, we all want to see players play at their best for Celtic, this is a Celtic blog and i see nothing in wrong in Celtic people discussing all things fitba in relation to Celtic, i for instance want to see our huge Club get back its rightful place in the European arena



    We certainly have some promising young players, the club has invested considerable money in Development, Chris McCart and the scouting staff are to be commended, Neil to his enormous credit has gave youth its opportunity, i agree we do have some genuine optimism in this area



    I share with you in the enjoyment of Celtic winning games, i sat in section 104 north stand lower yesterday and to be honest it was more relief that joy following a fine Celtic win at the final whistle, however not for one instance was i saying you should not enjoy a Celtic victory, mystified as to how you got that strange interpretation from the post you referenced



    May your good ship keep sailing on, and you personally enjoy seeing many Celtic victories

  16. Lads sorry if this has been posted already.



    12 Feb 2012 09:04:08


    Is this Craig Whyte’s plan:



    1. Whyte buys Rangers for £1.



    2. He does a deal with Ticketus to sell 4 years season books in advance bringing in £24.4m gross (£20.33m Net + 4.07mVAT). It is an advance sale and not a loan. Here is a Financial Advisor Company that explains the Ticketus investment model: http://www.principlefirst.co.uk/investments/octopus-vcts/



    3. Whyte uses the Ticketus money to pay of the Lloyds debt of £18m.



    4. Whyte takes a 1st Ranking Security over Rangers assets to the sum of £18m. Whyte has confirmed he has done this and it is in documented records that in the event of an insolvency event Whyte can claim payment of £18m from Rangers assets. Note that a 1st Ranking Security entitles Whyte to payment before any other creditor including HMRC. Check this with a solicitor or accountant if you doubt what a 1st Ranking Security is.



    5. Whyte engineers Rangers going into liquidation.



    6. Whyte demands £18m payment from Rangers assets.



    The assets from which this would come could only be the sale of intangible assets (the players) or by transfering ownership of Ibrox to him.



    7. Whyte chooses to take ownership of Ibrox.



    8. HMRC are paid from sale of players and the sale of the Albion (although ownership of the Albion may be held by Whyte in a seperate company).



    8. New owners come in and form a new football club.



    9. The new owners take on any existing playing staff that have not been sold and lease Ibrox from Whyte.



    10. Whyte has an asset in Ibrox that has only cost him £1 from which he will get several milion each season from leasing to the new footbal club.



    11. Whyte can also carry out new business ventures, and because he has no borrowings on Ibrox, can use this to borrow against for other business deals.



    12. The new football club are happy as all debt is wiped out and they are able to lease the existing staduim.



    Importantly, because it was an advance sale of season tickets from Rangers to Ticketus, and not a loan, Ticketus are not a creditor and as such are not entitled to any payment if Rangers go into liquidation. They would be if Rangers went into administration, rather than liquidation, and that is why I believe Whyte will choose liquidation over administration.



    This means that the new football club do not have to make any payments to Ticketus from future season ticket sales and all revenues from season tickets in the first and future seasons remains with the new club.

  17. Moonbeams WD. Kano 1000 \o/ Supporting Neil Lennon 100%. says:


    12 February, 2012 at 14:24








    Why do this, its like farting on a blog, either comment or don’t.


    If you are bored go out, get a life, get off the computer, learn how to debate better, learn how to read others point of view, learn manners.

  18. ernie i have already apologised to raven



    The FA’s case, in short, was as follows. In the goalmouth, Mr Evra and Mr Suarez spoke to


    each other in Spanish. Mr Evra asked Mr Suarez why he had kicked him, referring to the


    foul five minutes previously. Mr Suarez replied “Porque tu eres negro”, meaning “Because


    you are black”. Mr Evra then said to Mr Suarez “say it to me again, I’m going to punch


    you”. Mr Suarez replied “No hablo con los negros”, meaning “I don’t speak to blacks”. Mr


    Evra continued by saying that he now thought he was going to punch Mr Suarez. Mr


    Suarez replied “Dale, negro, negro, negro”, which meant “okay, blackie, blackie, blackie”.


    As Mr Suarez said this, he reached out to touch Mr Evra’s arm, gesturing at his skin




    he didnt use the word nigger and i apologise again

  19. MWD



    couple of pints in dows at Queens st as he was on a train back home…



    nice lad apart from the Aberdeen accent of course….. o)))




    then Larkhall for me last night…. the things we do for Celtic….

  20. From FF





    If The Worst Happens


    Rumour is rife.



    Just as it was in the last phase of Sir David Murray’s tenure, the truth about Rangers’ plight is imagined and guessed at. The very future of the club, we are told, is in doubt.



    Even under new ownership, the good ship Rangers is still becalmed, and only time will tell if it will fire up again – or if a gaping hole below the waterline will sink it forever.



    Is it possible? Could 140 years of domestic dominance be about to conclude? Could a sporting institution that has become almost a pillar of Scottish society really be on the edge of the abyss?



    I really hope that it doesn’t happen, but if it does, and Rangers fold, you should ask yourself two questions; what did I do to stop it, and how will Rangers be remembered.



    The first question, only you can answer, and the second can only be guessed at, so here’s my guess, and you may not like it.



    Just as the past is constantly revised to make Celtic resemble something that it never was, with the passage of time, Rangers will be remembered negatively due to liars and revisionists telling a partial truth rather than the whole truth.



    Eventually, the club will be recorded as being a sporting and institutional embarrassment to Scotland. It will be remembered by Scottish society the way white people remember slavery: with discomfort and shame – and a gratitude that it has gone.



    In fifty years and a hundred years, people will deny that their forefathers actually supported the club.



    It is only by keeping Rangers alive that this fate will be avoided and that’s why the survival of Rangers is so vital. A future for the club is essential, not just for the obvious reasons, but because it will allow the club to protect its past from the kind of history revision that has allowed Celtic to portray itself as the polar opposite of what it actually was.



    Remember, history is written by the victors, and if Celtic outlasts its hated rival, every day of 140 years of Rangers’ existence will be blackened, sullied and denigrated in a way that few dare to imagine. The Rangers support will be remembered as a social pariah; a bigoted, sectarian, hardcore and unseemly element.



    Those people who hold the fate of Rangers in their hands had better realise that failure is not an option





    Is that the north shore in Ardrossan,not to be confused with the much nicer south beach,also not to be confused with the south beach in Troon?

  22. G’day Celts, just back doon the road from Puerta Glasgow, how did the quiz go last night?



    I had a few bevvies with the GB bhoys last night….. Great craic it was innaw, would have liked to have made the quiz but me on the swally and quiz nights don’t really mix well :>)



    I hope it was successful and loads of dosh was raised for wee Vanessa.