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. THE EXILED TIM says:



    11 February, 2012 at 21:34



    if you had posted that an hour or so ago we could have all made a few quid!!




  2. Why is John Terry going to court and not being delt with by the EFA ?



    Oh! just realised that he will get off with it and so the FA won’t have to deal with a racist thug, how conveniant for them.



    Why is he going to court btw ?

  3. Enrico Dandolo nicked my Crusade on

    THE EXILED TIM says:


    11 February, 2012 at 21:40



    It’s going to court because a civic complaint was made to the police, I think?




  4. TET,so much for my tip about celtic scoring more than the huns,poor advice even


    allowing for the mibbery that went on today

  5. Enrico Dandolo nicked my Crusade on

    Civic perhaps the wrong term, but Terry was less than civil – apparently! :)

  6. Ten men won the league,



    The Holland reference doesn’t hold water I’m afraid. I spent three years there with friends from Surinam and Chile as well as from all over Europe.Terms referring to people’s race or ethnic origin are used freely and without malice in the Netherlands.



    The hang ups about the use of a term such as “negro” are purely British, I can assure you.



    You state that Suarez knew exactly what he was doing. What was he doing and how do you know?

  7. the long wait is over says:


    11 February, 2012 at 21:11



    You missed every single game that dallas reffed us.


    If his son Andrew (a fekin pleb) is allowed to ever


    move up the ranks and takes a Celtic game,I will


    personally go on the park and kick his nuts.

  8. King Lenny has lost all respect I had for him since this Eva stuff began…..his attitude in interviews has in recent weeks Has been cringeworthy. From his pathetic ‘no comment’ replys to ‘ask somebody else’…….not what one of the most famous clubs in the world should be getting from their main man. And that’s coming froma manc!!!! God bless the hoops

  9. Wee Dawwyl on Clyde today said



    “more stuff about Rangers coming out nex week and not good reading for Rangers supporters ”







    Celtic_First says:


    11 February, 2012 at 21:37


    Paulie Walnuts on RTC about an hour ago:



    There appears to be some suggestion that the Herald has a major story in the pipeline about where all the money might have gone. Don’t know any more than that but will endeavour to find out as soon as I can.



    Ooooh. He is awful. But I like him.

  10. Enrico Dandolo nicked my Crusade on

    THE EXILED TIM says:


    11 February, 2012 at 21:45


    It was QPR who complained to the police.




  11. gordybhoy64



    I didn’t have a good day either :<(



    Didn't have a bad day, broke even, had a couple of over 3.5 up which redressed the balance.



    Hopefull for the CL games in the week.

  12. The fact that ‘negro’ is used in south America is totally irrelevant in this case. In fact Suarez is hiding behind it. The English FA produced a report running to something like 150 pages. They took expert opinion from linguisists(sp?). They spent a forune ensuring that they didn’t make a mistake. For Suarez and Dalglish to imply that the full story isn’t known or understood is sheer cowardice.



    Don’t fall for the Suarez/Dalglish hype.



    And Kenny was my childhood hero too.

  13. Enrico






    I hope he gets done for it.



    I remember years ago when Terry and Morris got off with doing a bouncer when the tape got lost etc, he is a thug, and no that good a player either imo.

  14. Rieperman


    Slightly perplexed by your defence of Suarez.


    A clearly odious person with racist views.

  15. TET,had a losing day today,only saving grace was a couple of both teams to score winners,


    always tomorrow,not working so a bit more time to study

  16. Ten Men Won The League on




    Suarez used the word over a dozen times in a matter of minutes. Does that sound normal to you?



    Suarez was also not conversing with somebody from Surinam or Chile, he was speaking to a Frenchman



    If i walked into my local grocers and said “Hey negro, can i have 6 apples + 4 oranges please?”, what do you think would happen?



    Then again, i suppose i could just say that my grocer is wrong to complain as all people in Britain have a ‘hang up’ on that word



    Jesus wept!

  17. Suarez was found to be inconsistent in the FA report. Basically the FA didn’t and couldn’t believe a word he was saying. Add to that his childish nipping at thea corner, his behaviour


    since and the easy conclusion is The guy deserves all he gets. Hunnish behaviour…….

  18. THE EXILED TIM says:


    11 February, 2012 at 21:52





    Maybe not, but like Elbows, handy to be next to when it all kicks off!!!

  19. G64



    You know as well as me ,that rat was the biggest cheat in scottish football(outwith rangers)


    I hope[ peat and his masonic brotherhood are brought to task,along with the huns going


    bust ,I will die and go to Heaven,hopefully


    sweet Jesus.

  20. Good 3pts today, against 14 men.


    Watched the game, thought it was a training video on refereeing mistakes, that was unbelievable decisions. Hope Lawell rattles a few cages at the SFA on Monday, standard of refs up here are shocking if that was “Honest Mistakes” – better take my pills for my paranoia…



    On a lighter note, I’ve heard Top Gear have set Hammond a challenge, something similar to the time they drove through Red Neck Country with Gay Love Rules on the side of the car – He’s gonna run Shankill Road in this wee baby;




  21. ….PFayr says:


    11 February, 2012 at 21:22



    ‘re Suarez comment …he speaks English he knew fine well what he was saying’





    Don’t think it’s as simple as that.



    Words have the meaning they have because of their associations and connotations.



    The associations and connotations vary from country to country, from era to era and from culture to culture.



    A non native speaker of English won’t apply the associations and connotations derived from our culture to a word he uses in his native language. Not unless he’s on a par with C. K Scott Moncrieff, which is unlikely.

  22. Ten Men Won The League,



    “Over a dozen times in a matter of minutes”? OK. I wasn’t aware of that. If you say so.



    If that is true then I may have to change my view, but going on what I do know, regardless of if he was speaking to a Surinaams or a Chilean, he was not speaking to a British person, and as I have previously stated, it’s primarily British people who have such hang ups (because of white Britain’s discomfort with it’s racist past).



    As I say though, if your information is correct then I will have to reconsider my stance here.

  23. Paul67 et al



    Make no mistake about it the Evra-Suarez affair is a proxy war for both Alex Ferguson and Kenny Dalglish. In Dalglish’s view Evra lied and Ferguson exarcerbated the situation at Anfield back in October when he entered the Referees dressing room after the match and accused Suarez of using language which had not in fact been used. For obvious reasons I will not quote Ferguson verbatim, but in that one respect at least, Dalglish is correct, Fergie moved the goalposts. Today’s events follow Suarez’ subsequent punishment and Dalglish’s comments earlier this week that Suarez should not have been banned in the first place. The enforced hand shakes do not help, indeed in both the John Terry case and today they have worsened the situation. Ferguson has upped the anti though, with references to Liverpool’s history, which I interpret as an allusion to Heysel. There is no easy way back from there.

  24. VP


    I know to whom you refer(ee).


    The worst of the worst yet lorded as


    Scotland’s best.


    I know what i saw too many times.

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