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Inverness 0-2 Celtic

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Celtic won a hard-fought three points at Inverness this afternoon despite spending the majority of the game looking for rhythm.  Inverness looked strong at the back in the early stages and were as physical as Neil Lennon would expect them to be.  Both goalkeepers had a single genuine attempt to deal with in the first half; Jonny Hayes forced Fraser Forster to dive low to his right to block a shot, while Anthony Stokes couldn’t get the ball out from under his feet to do better than lob his shot directly at Ryan Esson in the Inverness goal.

Beram Kayal was booked for a needless challenge 30 yards from the Inverness goal near the 30 minute mark but two minutes later Celtic created their best chance of the first half when Hooper, Forrest and Stokes all had attempts in a goalmouth scramble.

The biggest incident of the game occurred after 36 minutes when Greg Tansey was shown a straight red card by referee Stevie O’Reilly when he jumped and put a hand into Georgios Samaras’ face.  Samaras clearly took a sore one but a yellow card would not have been an inappropriate decision.  Ironically, just a few moments before Tansey’s ordering off, one of the assistant referees jumped to avoid getting involved in play, raising both hands and causing some confusion as his flag was inadvertently pushed into the air.

It took Celtic a long time to make the extra man pay but Ki fed James Forrest on 60 minutes, who played a one-two-three with Gary Hooper.  Hooper drew Esson from his goal before squaring a pass to Stokes who knocked the ball into the empty net.

Celtic then created a flurry of chances.  Forrest beat his man and fed Stokes on the left but the striker couldn’t find space to get a clean shot away.  From the resulting corner Kayal released Stokes who tried to chip Esson instead of squaring for Hooper.

On 72 minutes Hooper fed Forrest, who beat his marker but his shot was blocked and spun into the air.  Stokes allowed the ball to bounce before volleying into the bottom corner to secure the points for Celtic.

Despite being two goals and a man down Inverness continued to press Celtic.  Foran fell in the Celtic box under pressure from Ledley.  Shinnie made the most of an awkward ball by splitting Manstorovic and Ledley but could not get space for a shot.

Neil Lennon replaced El Kaddouri, who had been booked, with Paddy McCourt, which settled Celtic.  McCourt allowed Celtic to hold the ball and acquire some composure.

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  1. Re an earlier poster who mentioned Big Vic,compared to James Forrest who still looks like a schoolboy,while Big Vic is like a veteran of many years standing yet they are both the same age,we really do have some oustanding young talent in our squad and thats not forgeting the talent we are witnessing in our U19 side,the futures looking bright for celtic Id say

  2. hamiltontim @ 16:32

     

     

    That puts a real damper on the day :(( They’re under instruction to desperately even up those stats. Watching on TV the Celtic Support looked happy, jovial and in good spirit. Illicit enjoyment of a football game will be the charge under the catch-all BOP.

     

     

    End of the month, I’m definitely making a contribution to the legal fund. It’s essential.

  3. StMichaelsBhoy2 on

    I’m quietly optimistic that we may have unearthed a gem in Victor Wanyama right enough. He just looks immense and to step into the defence like he did today was very impressive, especially holding his own physically against that big lump up front for ICT.

  4. Joe Filippis Haircut

     

     

    Yep, to have that kind of composure and strength at such a young age makes him a very valuable asset. On current form, I’d love to see that kind of player stay with us for the long haul.

  5. "we are all Neil Lennon and love the Celtic, "mouldy67" aka "chillibhoy67" on

    Great three points Celtic

     

     

    Well done the bhoys

     

     

    Hail hail

  6. Only negative today is that Celtic TV froze on me a few times at crucial times.

     

     

    Wanyama…what a find. First name on the team sheet, with young James, of course. Let’s not forget how young this team is: James, Victor, Beram, Gary and even Tony are all kids with their best years still in front of them.

     

     

    Congratulations to Lenny today for getting it right in today’s prize fight: keep your gloves up, wear your opponent out and then administer the hay maker.

     

     

    Superb we scored our goals late on, it makes the detractors/hunterlopers on here look like even bigger eejits than usual.

  7. Great 3 points.

     

     

    2 very good goals

     

     

    Fantastic day with a remarkably sober hamiltontim, unsure how long that will last!

     

     

    The Spirit of Freedom bus, brilliant!! Oh and they like big victor67

     

     

    hh

     

     

    bjmac

  8. massive 3 points for us today, another win on wednesday and its the start of a decent wee run, keep chipping at huns lead and smash them a new one on the 28th and its game on

  9. Could someone please phone an Ambulance for shortbread commentator david begg on the radio,I fear for his health the nervousness in his voice has me seriously concerned that the stress of commentating on his heroes at there American Thanksgiving Jamboree day is going to result in him having a fainting fit any illicit chanting yet by the huns? wait till full time when there repoitre will erupt,meanwhile Beggsy has mentioned the red card at Inverness 5 times im the second half ha Ha , 0-0 we have the Hun in our sights

     

     

    domestic violence stats for tonight CC

  10. Well played St Johnstone should have won the game

     

     

    Rankers lucky to get a point

     

     

    Been a very good day on the pitch for the bhoys in green

  11. "we are all Neil Lennon and love the Celtic, "mouldy67" aka "chillibhoy67" on

    Saint Johnstone will be disappointed not to get three points at castle greyskull

     

     

    Still a point is good

     

     

     

    COme on the hoops

  12. Wow…by the time the huns kick off for their next game Celtic could be just 4 points behind them.

     

     

    League over?

     

     

    Not a chance.

  13. Well that’s an unexpected gift of two points. A win on Wednesday and we’re down to seven points.

     

     

    That’s St Mirren and St Johnstone have taken points at the Bigot Dome. There’s a joke in there somewhere surely.

  14. enmac75 stands shoulder to shoulder with Neil Lennon on

    MurdochauldandHay says:

     

    19 November, 2011 at 16:49

     

     

    got the radio on in the kitchen. im watching it in the living room ( on and off). i go into the kitchen and it hits me imediatley about david beggs nervious voice. he he

  15. The unravelling of Moisty begins.

     

     

    Just heard Tony Higgins on shortbread tv there saying Celtic don’t want our name blackened in Europe “especially at this time”.

     

     

    Does he know something we don’t….?

  16. Another good day for Hooiveld and O’Dea, as Saints win 3-0 and Leeds beat Burnely 2-1 away.

     

     

    Will either be coming back in January?

     

     

    Not so good for ex-Celts Mcdonald, Robson and McManus, dropping 2 points at home to Blackpool (despite Mcdonald getting a double and Robson assisting the first).