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I'ness v Celtic as it happened


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By David McDaid

2010: What a night it's been. Inverness blow Celtic away, and tilt the SPL title advantage in favour of Rangers. I don't think you can deny that Inverness played the better game... although the debate over that last-minute Celtic penalty denial is sure to rumble on for a while to come. You'll be able to watch the highlights on this website from midnight. We'll be back with more live text on Saturday. In the meantime, BBC Scotland News website has live coverage of the election tomorrow night. They are @bbcscotelection on Twitter. See you!

"It's a wonderful night for the Highlands, and it just shows again what a wonderful and strange game football is." BBC Scotland pundit John Robertson.

"Inverness thoroughly deserved it. Well done to Terry Butcher. It was a fantastic night for Inverness, and apologies for saying Celtic would win comfortably." BBC Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod.

1957: Have we just witnessed the end of Celtic's title challenge? Rangers now top the SPL table by a single point from Celtic having played the same amount of games. Both sides have three games to play.

1956: What a great performance from Inverness Caley Thistle. What a poor performance from Celtic.

Full time

1954: Big, BIG call from the ref there. Pat McCourt on a mazy run, takes a tumble in the box... no penalty says Stevie O'Reilly. Probably right.

Kris Commons drives home the spot-kick after Shaun Maloney is brought down in the box.

1952:GOAL! INVERNESS 3-2 CELTIC (Kris Commons)


"Don't mind beating the Hoops, but Rangers have been awful this season. ICT are NOT doing this for 'Gers." says craigising on Twitter.

1950: Four minutes of added time to be played.

"Neil Lennon looks bemused. I don't think he believes what he's seeing. This is not a fluke scoreline. It should have been much worse for Celtic." BBC Scotland pundit John Robertson

1948: Majstorovic flashes a header just wide of the Inverness goal.

1946: Celtic fans are already leaving the stadium. It's going to be a long, hard trip back to Glasgow for them.

1945: Five minutes to go. Ki knocks in a corner and Murphy hits it away from the Caley goal rather than towards it. The Irishman is virtually blind with a Terry Butcher-style bandage for a head cut.

Yellow card
1941: Eric Odhiambo comes on for Shane Sutherland... who is booked for taking too long to hobble off injured. A tad harsh.

1939: Celtic have Forster to thank for not being 5-1 down. Nick Ross has the whole goal to aim at and the keeper stops again.

Naturally, Rangers fans are keeping a close watch on this game.... "Those three Inverness goals have felt just as good as any Rangers have scored this year. Amazing stuff" says lewisliveshere on Twitter.

1935: Rooney should have made it 4-1! Mulgrew slips up to allow Rooney to go one-on-one with Forster, but the big English keeper makes a crucial block with his foot. Only 15 minutes to go now. The most important 15 minutes of Celtic's season?

1933: Munro has another chance from the same goal-scoring position... this time it almost ends up in the Moray Firth...

1929: Oh dear, further bad news for Celtic... Kayal is getting his arm strapped up as if it's broken or his shoulder is dislocated. That's just the way the treatment looks. Could be a wrist injury. On comes Ki Sung-Yeung.

1927: What a save by Esson! Celtic midfielder Beram Kayal drives forward, has a toe-poke which is on its way inside the post via a deflection, and Esson dives low to push the ball round the post.

1926: Second change for Celtic... well, well... Gary Hooper coming off - Pat McCourt on. To be fair, both strikers have had a VERY quiet night.

1925: Kris Commons tries to emulate Sutherland, but Esson makes a good stop.

"Celtic are all over the place at the back. Everything is going Caley's way at the moment." BBC Scotland pundit John Robertson

We've been treated to a few special goals - is this the pick of the bunch? Lee Cox lobs the ball back into the box as Celtic fail to clear the danger, and Shane Sutherland swings his left foot to direct a first-time volley low, in off the post. Great technique!

1920:GOAL! INVERNESS 3-1 CELTIC (Shane Sutherland)

1919: You couldn't have written the script! Grant Munro, after 13 years' service for ICT, is told yesterday that he has to find a new club, that they don't want him any more... Then he scores a belter that could potentially win them this game and also put paid to Celtic's title hopes.

1918: Change for Celtic: Anthony Stokes makes way up front for Darryl Murphy.

1916: Adam Rooney is causing the Celtic defence all sorts of problems with his speed. Inverness just ping the ball to him and let him battle Majstorovic for pace.

"Neil Lennon has to think about changing things now." BBC Scotland pundit John Robertson

"Celtic have been set a real problem tonight - even though there's plenty time to come back, Inverness have given them a real game of it." BBC Scotland commentator Rob MacLean

What a goal by Grant Munro! It almost mirrored Kris Commons' strike for Celtic. A corner came over from the Celtic left, Munro takes one touch to control at the end of the box and rattles a cross goal shot inside Forster's post.

1912:GOAL! INVERNESS 2-1 CELTIC (Grant Munro)

HoesitMyLarnie on Twitter says: "This is the most disjointed I've seen Stokes and Hooper in a while. In saying that, they'll probably score a few now!"

1908: Celtic under a bit of pressure early on in the second period. First, Maloney takes a sore on for the team as Gilet slams one towards goal from 25 yards. Then Izaguirre has to get a head onto Doran's cross with Sutherland lurking at the back post.

1907: Grant Munro looks like the calmest man in the Highlands as he nods a dangerous free-kick into his goalie's arms from close range.

1905: Celtic get us under way for the second half.

"The pressure is well and truly on Celtic in the Second Half. If they fail to start well, Caley could gain a foothold" says MichaelShawUK via #bbcsportsound.

"Right good test of nerve for Celtic. This will be a very good indicator of who'll win the title" says Benitorae on Twitter via #bbcsportsound.

"Inverness are not going to hand anything to Celtic on a plate." BBC Scotland pundit John Robertson

"This is the game Celtic have got to use to get back to the top of the table. It's unthinkable that Celtic drop anything tonight. But they're in second gear just now. Brown and Kayal are not dominating in the midfield. There's no real width in the side and that suits Inverness." BBC Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod

Half time

1849: Anyway, back to the fitba... and Ryan Esson has to stretch to tip over a great dipping Shaun Maloney free-kick. We've played the regulation 45 minutes now. A minute to be added.

NEWSFLASH FOR TENNIS FANS: Andy Murray has just won his first match at the Madrid Open - 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 against Gilles Simon of France. Well done to him.

1843: Heroics from Grant Munro of ICT. The big defender snuffs out not one but two Anthony Stokes efforts inside his own box.
"For the purposes of my nerves and all round wellbeing, I'd rather other fans were bored silly!" says TheBhoyBlunder in response to my comment at 1831.

1840: Scotland's Players Player of the Year, and Clydesdale Bank Player of the Season, Emilio Izaguirre of Celtic has had a very quiet evening so far.

1839: Kris Commons has got his shooting boots on. He's just had a go from 30 yards - blocked.

Leewallace9 via #bbcsportsound on Twitter: "Surprised Terry Butcher didn't win manager of the season. He's done a brilliant job! C'mon Inverness!"

1834: Kris Commons shows a real burst of pace from a virtual standing start to make a shooting chance, cutting in from the right, and the shot is not too far away.

1831: If you're not a Celtic or Rangers fan, how good would it be to have the teams level on points and games going into the last three fixtures?

1829: Gary Hooper gets to the byline and tires to cut the ball back, but it's a blind pass and Caley Thistle mop up.

"Every time they go forward Inverness look dangerous" BBC Scotland commentator Rob MacLean

"I think Terry Butcher will be delighted with the way things are going. Despite their possession Celtic haven't really threatened since the goal." BBC Scotland pundit John Robertson

"It's going through a wee bit of a lull at the moment. Nobody's really getting the ball down and passing forward. They're nullifying each other." BBC Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod

1823: Some were wondering how Inverness would perform tonight given they'd told 10 of their players they could leave at the end of the season. Here's the answer: very well. They're scrapping for everything. I suppose some of them are 'in the shop window'.

1820: Mulgrew has a free-kick chance form a decent position 25 yards out, but hits it straight the Inverness wall.

Here's a tweet from Celtic's reserve goalie Dominic Cervi: "Love that response! Well done Commons! P.S. I hate that left foot in training!"

1817: Amid the bedlam of that goal-rush, Rooney had another chance to score, but hit his shot straight at Celtic keeper Fraser Forster. Actually, I don;t know if I'm having Rooney as the ICT scorer. I would give it to Mulgrew as an o.g. The ball wouldn't have gone in if not for his intervention.

1815: Strangely enough, Rooney scored first on the last visit by Celtic. Then Joe Ledley scored a minute later, before the Welshman scored again to give Celtic the win. I wonder if Commons will do the same tonight...

1814: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a decent match on our hands.

What a way to answer that early set-back for Celtic! They simply go straight up the park, Kris Commons takes the initiative on the edge of the box, and cracks a wonderful shot across goal past Ryan Esson. Excellent strike.

1811:GOAL! INVERNESS 1-1 CELTIC (Kris Commons)

Well, well! Inverness score with virtually their first attack of the game. Shane Sutherland got to the goal line on the Caley Thistle right, drilled a cracking ball into the six-yard box, and Adam Rooney flicked it in off Charlie Mulgrew from a couple of yards.

1809:GOAL! INVERNESS 1-0 CELTIC (Adam Rooney)

"Celtic are looking lively" says BBC Scotland pundit John Robertson

1807: Good tackle by Kenny Gilet! Shaun Maloney and Gary Hooper played a nice one-two in the box, and Gilet got a vital foot in before Maloney could pull the trigger.

1806: Celtic's Mark Wilson goes down the right on the overlap to win the first corner of the game. That's cleared for another corner, which Lee Cox clears for Inverness.

1805: Inverness boss was raging with his team after Saturday's defeat by Aberdeen. He said: "If we play like that against Celtic we'll lose 10-0."

1803: Here we go, here we go, here we goooo... Caley Thistle kick-off.

1801: Teams are out, and pleasantries have been exchanged.

Et voila! Laurie Dunsire says: "6pm on Wednesday night now, are there any KO times that haven't been used this season? 4.32am on a Friday morning maybe?"

1755: Just five minutes from kick-off now... let us know what your thoughts on the game are on Twitter via #bbcsportsound.

1753: Wow, that's pretty confident from Murdo. But, other than a 6-0 hammering in the Co-operative Insurance Cup, Inverness have run Celtic close in their meetings this season. Neil Lennon's men have come out on top by the odd goal on two occasions, while the other game was a 2-2 draw.

"I think this one could be a 4-0 job for Celtic" says BBC Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod

1748: You may be wondering why this game is between a top-six and a bottom-six side - despite the league having split. This one is rearranged from 2 April in the pre-split days.

"It's in our hands at the minute. We're going to have to play well and strong tonight against a very motivated team. But our team is very motivated as well." Celtic manager Neil Lennon

1742: In terms of changes, that's one for each team. Inverness bring in Chris Innes for Alex MacDonald. Celtic leave James Forrest on the bench in favour of Shaun Maloney.

Inverness: Esson, Tokely, Munro, Innes, Gillet, Duff, Cox, Ross, Sutherland, Rooney, Doran.
Subs: Tuffey, Golabek, Odhiambo, Duncan, Morrison, Sanchez, MacDonald.

Celtic: Forster, Izaguirre, Majstorovic, Wilson, Mulgrew, Brown, Kayal, Commons, Maloney, Stokes, Hooper.
Subs: Zaluska, Samaras, Ki, McCourt, Rogne, Murphy, Forrest.

Referee: Stevie O'Reilly

1738: No more mucking about - team news from the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium coming up...

1736: This one tonight in Inverness could be an important one as far as the title goes. A win for Celtic would take them two points clear of Rangers at the top, having played the same amount of games as their Glasgow rivals.

1735: Evening! Election fever is in the air... So who's your vote going with - Celtic or Rangers for the SPL title?

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4 May 2011 23:59 UK

Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 4 May 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 35 49 84
2 Celtic 35 54 83
3 Hearts 35 16 63
4 Dundee Utd 35 2 55
5 Kilmarnock 35 4 48
6 Motherwell 35 -12 45
7 Inverness CT 35 4 44
8 Hibernian 35 -17 37
9 St Johnstone 35 -23 37
10 Aberdeen 35 -19 35
11 St Mirren 35 -24 29
12 Hamilton 35 -34 23

see also
Inverness CT v Celtic
27 Jan 07 |  Scottish Premier

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