Celtic   2 - 0   Inverness CT

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Highlights - Celtic 2-0 Inverness CT

Celtic overcame a determined Inverness Caledonian Thistle side to remain four points behind Scottish Premier League leaders Rangers.

Gregory Tade had an effort saved by Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster before Joe Ledley fired the hosts ahead.

James Forrest added a second on 33 minutes, finishing off a clinical counter attack.

Anthony Stokes should have registered a third and Richie Foran's diving header required a smart save by Forster.

The result means Inverness become detached at the bottom of the division, a point behind Aberdeen and Hibernian.

With Rangers having won at Dunfermline earlier in the day, Celtic knew they had to win to bring the gap back to four.

But it was Inverness who were livelier early on and the Highlanders twice caused problems on Celtic's left-hand side.

First, Gregory Tade ghosted in behind the Celtic defence to latch on to a long ball, but his shot was saved by Forster, who had raced off his line.

James Forrest celebrates scoring for Celtic against Inverness with Anthony Stokes Forrest (left) claimed his fourth goal of the season

Moments later, Foran's low centre was deflected just out of the reach of Nick Ross.

The Celtic defence of Daniel Majstorovic and Glenn Loovens looked uncomfortable when Inverness came forward at pace and it took the hosts a while to find their rhythm.

But Ledley lifted the home crowd when he took an excellent first touch off Beram Kayal's pass, pushed forward and drilled a low shot inside Ryan Esson's right-hand post.

Celtic were soon two ahead after a terrific counter attack. An Inverness corner was cleared and Ki Sung-Yueng's incisive pass from halfway put Forrest through on goal, the winger finishing well past Esson.

Greg Tansey had two attempts for the visitors before half-time, but neither troubled Forster.

The pace of the game dropped after the break, Celtic comfortable in possession for long spells.

Forrest and Gary Hooper combined to set up Anthony Stokes in the six-yard box.

But, with only the keeper to beat, the striker lifted his effort high over the bar.

Mohamed Bangura took the place of Hooper and the physicality of the Sierra Leone striker created some nervous moments for the Inverness backline.

The visitors carved out an excellent chance when Graeme Shinne crossed for the diving Foran and Forster reacted well to claw the ball over.

With that, the Highlanders' chances of salvaging something from the game ended as Celtic saw out their win.

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Saturday, 24 September 2011

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Celtic 2-0 Inverness CT FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Ledley 28
  • Forrest 33

    Celtic

    • 01 Forster
    • 04 El Kaddouri
    • 05 Majstorovic
    • 22 Loovens
    • 02 Matthews
    • 16 Ledley
    • 18 Ki Sung-Yeung (Samaras 75)
    • 33 Kayal
    • 10 Stokes (McCourt 75)
    • 49 Forrest
    • 88 Hooper (Bangura 52)

    Substitutes

    • 24 Zaluska,
    • 12 Wilson,
    • 25 Rogne,
    • 20 McCourt,
    • 67 Wanyama,
    • 09 Samaras,
    • 14 Bangura

    Inverness CT

    • 01 Esson
    • 03 Tokely
    • 14 Proctor (Golobart 27)
    • 19 Shinnie
    • 02 Piermayr (Shinnie 64)
    • 08 Tansey
    • 11 Ross
    • 20 Chippendale (Sutherland 56)
    • 25 Davis
    • 09 Foran yellow card
    • 15 Tade

    Substitutes

    • 12 Tuffey,
    • 16 Golobart,
    • 22 Gillet,
    • 26 Meekings,
    • 10 Shinnie,
    • 21 McKay,
    • 18 Sutherland
    Ref: CollumAtt: 47,382
    CELTIC
    INVERNESS CT

    Possession

    • Celtic 59%
    • Inverness CT 41%

    Attempts on target

    • Celtic 4
    • Inverness CT 2

    Attempts off target

    • Celtic 3
    • Inverness CT 2

    Corners

    • Celtic 5
    • Inverness CT 9

    Fouls

    • Celtic 7
    • Inverness CT 13
    • Final Result
    • 91:55 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+0:39 Inswinging corner taken by Andrew Shinnie, save by Fraser Forster.
    • 90:00+0:03 Richie Foran challenges Badr El Kaddouri unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Patrick McCourt.
    • 89:34 Graeme Shinnie crosses the ball, clearance by Glenn Loovens.
    • 87:15 Greg Tansey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Georgios Samaras. Free kick taken by Daniel Majstorovic.
    • 87:08 Richie Foran sends in a cross, clearance made by Glenn Loovens.
    • 84:39 Joe Ledley fouled by Andrew Shinnie, the ref awards a free kick. Beram Kayal takes the direct free kick.
    • 83:02 David Davis delivers the ball.
    • 81:58 James Forrest crosses the ball, Headed effort from close range by Patrick McCourt goes wide left of the goal.
    • 80:07 Unfair challenge on Richie Foran by Adam Matthews results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Andrew Shinnie, Badr El Kaddouri manages to make a clearance.
    • 79:03 Richie Foran takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.
    • 78:24 Graeme Shinnie concedes a free kick for a foul on James Forrest. James Forrest restarts play with the free kick.
    • 77:30 Unfair challenge on Adam Matthews by Richie Foran results in a free kick. Adam Matthews restarts play with the free kick.
    • 76:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Georgios Samaras on Andrew Shinnie. Free kick taken by David Davis.
    • 74:58 Substitution (Celtic) makes a substitution, with Patrick McCourt coming on for Anthony Stokes.
    • 74:46 Substitution Sung-Yeung Ki leaves the field to be replaced by Georgios Samaras.
    • 72:53 Centre by James Forrest, clearance made by David Davis.
    • 72:09 Anthony Stokes decides to take a short corner.
    • 70:57 Corner taken short by Sung-Yeung Ki.
    • 70:51 The ball is sent over by Sung-Yeung Ki, Ross Tokely manages to make a clearance.
    • 70:36 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Davis on Joe Ledley. Sung-Yeung Ki takes the free kick.
    • 67:06 Gregory Tade sends in a cross, clearance made by Adam Matthews.
    • 65:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Graeme Shinnie on Mohamed Bangura. Fraser Forster takes the direct free kick.
    • 65:12 Corner from the left by-line taken by Andrew Shinnie, clearance made by Glenn Loovens.
    • 65:04 The ball is sent over by Roman Golobart, clearance made by Glenn Loovens.
    • 63:35 Substitution Andrew Shinnie on for Thomas Piermayr.
    • 61:18 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Greg Tansey from the left by-line to the near post, Joe Ledley manages to make a clearance.
    • 56:39 The ball is swung over by James Forrest, clearance made by Richie Foran.
    • 56:22 Sung-Yeung Ki takes a outswinging corner.
    • 56:14 The ball is sent over by Mohamed Bangura, clearance by Graeme Shinnie.
    • 55:19 Substitution Shane Sutherland replaces Aidan Chippendale.
    • 54:35 Inswinging corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki from the left by-line.
    • 54:28 Centre by Badr El Kaddouri, Roman Golobart makes a clearance.
    • 52:27 The referee blows for offside against Aidan Chippendale. Fraser Forster takes the indirect free kick.
    • 51:36 Substitution Mohamed Bangura replaces Gary Hooper.
    • 51:12 Badr El Kaddouri sends in a cross.
    • 49:54 Anthony Stokes conjures a right-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
    • 46:56 Foul by Badr El Kaddouri on Richie Foran, free kick awarded. Thomas Piermayr takes the free kick.
    • 46:28 Greg Tansey concedes a free kick for a foul on Badr El Kaddouri. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.
    • 45:38 Corner taken by Aidan Chippendale.
    • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:08 The ref blows to signal half-time.
    • 45:00+0:40 Foul by Richie Foran on Gary Hooper, free kick awarded. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:00+0:05 Corner taken by Aidan Chippendale from the left by-line, Anthony Stokes manages to make a clearance.
    • 44:31 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Aidan Chippendale, Anthony Stokes makes a clearance.
    • 44:25 Graeme Shinnie crosses the ball, Glenn Loovens makes a clearance.
    • 42:55 Corner taken left-footed by Aidan Chippendale, Glenn Loovens manages to make a clearance.
    • 41:42 Effort from the edge of the box by Greg Tansey goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 38:38 Effort from the edge of the box by Greg Tansey goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 38:17 Gregory Tade fouled by Glenn Loovens, the ref awards a free kick. Gregory Tade restarts play with the free kick.
    • 37:36 The ball is swung over by Graeme Shinnie, clearance by Beram Kayal.
    • 37:03 Richie Foran delivers the ball, clearance by Daniel Majstorovic.
    • 36:24 Inswinging corner taken by Aidan Chippendale, Glenn Loovens manages to make a clearance.
    • 35:39 Aidan Chippendale concedes a free kick for a foul on Glenn Loovens. Beram Kayal takes the direct free kick.
    • 32:02 Assist by Sung-Yeung Ki.
    • 32:02 GOAL - James ForrestCeltic 2 - 0 Inverness CT James Forrest gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Celtic 2-0 Inverness CT.
    • 31:30 Outswinging corner taken by Aidan Chippendale, clearance made by Glenn Loovens.
    • 30:35 Aidan Chippendale crosses the ball.
    • 30:15 Gary Hooper takes a shot. Blocked by Ross Tokely.
    • 27:14 Beram Kayal provided the assist for the goal.
    • 27:14 GOAL - Joe LedleyCeltic 1 - 0 Inverness CT A goal is scored by Joe Ledley from just outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Celtic 1-0 Inverness CT.
    • 26:04 Substitution Roman Golobart on for David Proctor.
    • 24:19 Direct free kick taken by Sung-Yeung Ki.
    • 24:19 Booking The referee shows Richie Foran a yellow card.
    • 24:11 Foul by Richie Foran on Joe Ledley, free kick awarded.
    • 23:30 The ball is swung over by Badr El Kaddouri.
    • 21:33 The assistant referee flags for offside against Gregory Tade. Indirect free kick taken by Daniel Majstorovic.
    • 20:30 The assistant referee signals for offside against Gary Hooper. Free kick taken by Ryan Esson.
    • 20:01 James Forrest takes a shot. Ross Tokely gets a block in.
    • 17:16 Corner from the right by-line taken by Sung-Yeung Ki, clearance by David Proctor.
    • 17:01 Adam Matthews produces a cross, blocked by Graeme Shinnie.
    • 15:42 The ball is swung over by Daniel Majstorovic.
    • 15:36 James Forrest sends in a cross, David Proctor manages to make a clearance.
    • 14:19 Shot from outside the area by Gary Hooper misses to the left of the goal.
    • 12:28 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ross Tokely by Gary Hooper. Ross Tokely restarts play with the free kick.
    • 10:51 The assistant referee signals for offside against Anthony Stokes. Ryan Esson takes the free kick.
    • 8:50 Anthony Stokes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Proctor. Ryan Esson takes the direct free kick.
    • 8:11 Gary Hooper fouled by David Davis, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki from left channel, David Proctor manages to make a clearance.
    • 7:32 The ball is swung over by Aidan Chippendale, clearance by Glenn Loovens.
    • 7:22 Centre by Richie Foran.
    • 5:30 Anthony Stokes concedes a free kick for a foul on David Proctor. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Esson.
    • 4:46 Gregory Tade takes a shot. Save made by Fraser Forster.
    • 3:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Glenn Loovens by Gregory Tade. Fraser Forster takes the direct free kick.
    • 2:48 The assistant referee flags for offside against Anthony Stokes. Indirect free kick taken by Ross Tokely.
    • 2:19 James Forrest delivers the ball, clearance by David Proctor.
    • 0:36 The ball is sent over by Badr El Kaddouri, Ross Tokely gets a block in.
    • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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    Scottish Premier table snapshot

    As it stood on 24 Sep 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Rangers 8 16 22
    2 Celtic 8 12 18
    3 Motherwell 9 -2 16
    4 Hearts 8 5 12
    5 St Mirren 9 0 12
    6 Kilmarnock 8 0 10
    7 Dundee Utd 9 -3 10
    8 St Johnstone 7 1 9
    9 Dunfermline 8 -5 9
    10 Hibernian 8 -7 6
    11 Aberdeen 9 -7 6
    12 Inverness CT 9 -10 5

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