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Inverness question postponement of match with Celtic

The game between Inverness and Celtic has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch
The game was called off after a 1000 BST inspection

Inverness say their postponed Scottish Premier League game against Celtic could have gone ahead if the referee had delayed his pitch assessment.

The lunchtime match was called off at around 1000 BST due to overnight rain.

"By 0800 BST it was unplayable but with a good short-term weather forecast and a falling tide, we felt the game could go on," said an Inverness spokesman.

"The pitch was playable within 30 minutes to an hour and we feel the game could have been played."

The Highland club say they had difficulty getting in touch with the SPL to consult them about the possibility of delaying the match by an hour.

"We asked the referee to wait another half hour, which we are positive would have made all the difference in fast-improving conditions, but at 0945 BST he called the game off," added the spokesman.

"Before the referee's verdict, however, the club had tried to contact the SPL to have the kick-off delayed by an hour until 1300 BST, and Celtic indicated that this was suitable to them.

We asked the referee to wait another half hour but he called the game off. The pitch was playable within 30 minutes to an hour and we feel the game could have been played

Inverness statement

"Unfortunately, there was no reply from the SPL. It is a great pity that such a much-anticipated fixture could not be played.

"Had it been a normal 1500 BST kick-off, there would have been no pitch problem whatever."

Celtic said that, following a 1000 BST pitch inspection, the game has been called off with a new date for the fixture yet to be confirmed.

"The game being off was in no way Caley Thistle's fault but we appreciate that supporters will be frustrated," said an Inverness spokesman.

"The facts of the matter are that heavy overnight rain, combined with high tide, caused a major problem to our playing surface."

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Scottish Premier results

2 Apr 2011 23:59 UK

Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 2 Apr 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Celtic 28 44 67
2 Rangers 28 35 65
3 Hearts 30 16 58
4 Dundee Utd 30 6 49
5 Kilmarnock 31 10 46
6 Motherwell 31 -8 40
7 Inverness CT 30 1 36
8 St Johnstone 30 -16 34
9 Hibernian 29 -14 32
10 Aberdeen 30 -17 31
11 St Mirren 30 -22 25
12 Hamilton 31 -35 16


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