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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. Loved Gordon Strachan (football was a bit hard going but mostly ultimately successful though, remember ?). He got to treat the meeja the way most of us would. Will always respect him for that (ach winning 3 titles wasn’t too bad either).

  2. Rancho,

     

     

    Like me, you don’t buy into the unusual notion that Jabba is a closet Tim as someone (jestfully?) suggested. If he is, then it’s one of the most impressive undercover assignments in recorded history that Odysseus (or Ulysses as you might prefer) would have been envious of. And the disguise is certainly comparable in size to one gigantic Trojan horse :)

  3. Lots of positives over the last few weeks and especially today. Depleted squad but still gained points on the mankies. Lets take each game as it comes. Max points wed and sat and lets see what there made of ____glass anyone.

     

    Great sat and time for a couple of v.v.v. large vinos.

     

    Happyhoopyleebozbhoy

  4. Good day at the office for Timdom. Made all the more sweet by Butcher’s whining fizzer and the result from Snake Mountain.

     

     

    HH

  5. Shieldmuir Celtic on

    Well done Bhoys- a hard-fought win against the ‘Hoofers’. Well done Gordon Strachan – what a difference to have someone speaking the truth and speaking up for Celtic. Let’s have the same on Wednesday night with the fans fully behind the team and no P.I.R.A. chants.

     

    P.S. I see that Bishop Tartaglia makes the important point that the Sectarian statistics show that 58% of the offences are against Catholics who constitute 16% of the population.

     

    Do we have a mathematician on here who could calculate the full significance of these figures?

  6. Joe Ledley.

     

     

    Great player and very under rated. Never moans. Best position centre mid but gets moved to a variety posiitons in game for team.

     

     

    Would love to see him get a run in centre mid consistently.

  7. Good 3 points yesterday, can just hear the Hun McClean dissecting sending off. Just a pity he couldn’t mention Murderwell’S

     

    vicious tactics a fortnight ago, but how could he I hear you ask, one of the main protagonists was a studio guest. You

     

    couldn’t make it up.

     

     

    Keep the faith

     

     

    Hail! Hail!

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