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Inswinging corner taken by Andrew Shinnie from the left by-line, Fraser Forster makes a save.
Richie Foran challenges Badr El Kaddouri unfairly and gives away a free kick. Patrick McCourt takes the free kick.
Graeme Shinnie sends in a cross, Glenn Loovens manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Georgios Samaras by Greg Tansey results in a free kick. Daniel Majstorovic takes the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Richie Foran, Glenn Loovens manages to make a clearance.
Andrew Shinnie challenges Joe Ledley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Beram Kayal takes the free kick.
David Davis crosses the ball.
The ball is crossed by James Forrest, Patrick McCourt has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Unfair challenge on Richie Foran by Adam Matthews results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Andrew Shinnie from left wing, clearance made by Badr El Kaddouri.
Richie Foran takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.
Graeme Shinnie challenges James Forrest unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by James Forrest.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Matthews by Richie Foran. Adam Matthews takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Shinnie by Georgios Samaras. David Davis restarts play with the free kick.
Patrick McCourt comes on in place of Anthony Stokes.
Georgios Samaras replaces Sung-Yeung Ki.
The ball is swung over by James Forrest, David Davis manages to make a clearance.
Short corner taken by Anthony Stokes.
Sung-Yeung Ki decides to take the corner short.
Centre by Sung-Yeung Ki, Ross Tokely makes a clearance.
David Davis challenges Joe Ledley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sung-Yeung Ki restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Gregory Tade, clearance made by Adam Matthews.
Unfair challenge on Mohamed Bangura by Graeme Shinnie results in a free kick. Fraser Forster takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Andrew Shinnie, Glenn Loovens manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Roman Golobart, clearance made by Glenn Loovens.
Andrew Shinnie joins the action as a substitute, replacing Thomas Piermayr.
Greg Tansey takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Joe Ledley.
A cross is delivered by James Forrest, Richie Foran makes a clearance.
Corner taken right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki.
Mohamed Bangura sends in a cross, Graeme Shinnie manages to make a clearance.
Aidan Chippendale leaves the field to be replaced by Shane Sutherland.
Inswinging corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki from the left by-line.
The ball is sent over by Badr El Kaddouri, clearance made by Roman Golobart.
Aidan Chippendale is caught offside. Fraser Forster takes the indirect free kick.
(Celtic) makes a substitution, with Mohamed Bangura coming on for Gary Hooper.
The ball is swung over by Badr El Kaddouri.
Anthony Stokes produces a right-footed shot from close in that clears the bar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richie Foran by Badr El Kaddouri. Thomas Piermayr restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Badr El Kaddouri by Greg Tansey. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Aidan Chippendale.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Aidan Chippendale, clearance by Anthony Stokes.
Corner taken left-footed by Aidan Chippendale, clearance made by Anthony Stokes.
The ball is delivered by Graeme Shinnie, Glenn Loovens manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken left-footed by Aidan Chippendale, Glenn Loovens makes a clearance.
Greg Tansey produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
Greg Tansey has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Glenn Loovens on Gregory Tade. Direct free kick taken by Gregory Tade.
Graeme Shinnie sends in a cross, Beram Kayal manages to make a clearance.
Richie Foran delivers the ball, clearance made by Daniel Majstorovic.
Inswinging corner taken by Aidan Chippendale, Glenn Loovens makes a clearance.
Aidan Chippendale gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Glenn Loovens. Beram Kayal restarts play with the free kick.
James Forrest grabs a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Celtic 2-0 Inverness CT.Sung-Yeung Ki provided the assist for the goal.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Aidan Chippendale, Glenn Loovens makes a clearance.
Gary Hooper takes a shot. Ross Tokely gets a block in.
Joe Ledley gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Celtic 1-0 Inverness CT.Assist on the goal came from Beram Kayal.
(Inverness CT) makes a substitution, with Roman Golobart coming on for David Proctor.
Richie Foran concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Ledley. Booking for Richie Foran for unsporting behaviour. Sung-Yeung Ki takes the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Badr El Kaddouri.
Gregory Tade is caught offside. Daniel Majstorovic takes the free kick.
James Forrest takes a shot. Ross Tokely gets a block in.
Corner taken right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki, clearance made by David Proctor.
The ball is crossed by Adam Matthews, blocked by Graeme Shinnie.
The ball is crossed by James Forrest, David Proctor makes a clearance.
Effort from outside the penalty area by Gary Hooper goes wide left of the target.
Unfair challenge on Ross Tokely by Gary Hooper results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ross Tokely.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Anthony Stokes. Indirect free kick taken by Ryan Esson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony Stokes on David Proctor. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Esson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Davis on Gary Hooper. Free kick crossed by Sung-Yeung Ki, clearance made by David Proctor.
The ball is crossed by Aidan Chippendale, Glenn Loovens manages to make a clearance.
Richie Foran produces a cross.
Anthony Stokes challenges David Proctor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ryan Esson.
Gregory Tade takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.
Foul by Gregory Tade on Glenn Loovens, free kick awarded. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.
Anthony Stokes is ruled offside. Ross Tokely takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by James Forrest, David Proctor manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Badr El Kaddouri, blocked by Ross Tokely.
Wilson concern for Lennon
Celtic boss Neil Lennon fears Kelvin Wilson could be out for up to six weeks with an Achilles injury.
The Hoops defender picked up the injury in the 2-0 Scottish Communities Cup third-round win over Ross County on Wednesday night.
Ahead of the home Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Inverness, Lennon, who has defender Charlie Mulgrew suspended, said: "Kelvin Wilson will be out, he is having a scan today (Friday).
"We don't know how long he is going to be out for until we get the results of the scan but it looks like he has a slight tear in the Achilles.
"It depends on the significance of the tear, we are hoping that it will be at best two to three weeks, it could be four to six weeks but we won't know the extent of it until the scan comes through.
"Kris Commons is also definitely out and it is touch and go whether Scott Brown will make the Hearts game next week. Georgios Samaras, Mark Wilson and Paddy McCourt are back in contention."
Lennon went on to insist he would not swap positions with Ally McCoist despite Celtic trailing Rangers by four points at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League following last Sunday's defeat at Ibrox.
The Celtic manager found himself under fire after surrendering a half-time lead in the 4-2 defeat in Govan, days after losing their Europa League group opener to Atletico Madrid in Spain.
However, the spotlight turned back on Gers boss McCoist, whose side had been knocked out of both the Champions League and Europa League in the qualifiers, after Rangers' shock exit to First Division side Falkirk in Scottish Communities League Cup third round on Wednesday night, as Celtic eased through to the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win at Ross County.
Lennon said: "I would rather be in front in the league and four points is four points.
"It is too early to say what position in comparison we are to Rangers, all I know is that we have got important league games coming up before the international break and we would like to win them all."
But when asked directly if he would swap positions with Rangers, he said: "No - because we are in Europe and all the (domestic) competitions, and that's where you want to be at the minute.
"The game changes very, very quickly. While you are always disappointed to lose a derby game, you have to keep on a level.
"There is no doubt that the lows are lower than the highs are high and we had a job to do on Wednesday (at Ross County) but we came through it okay.
"But we are still chasing in the league and the league is the priority and Saturday's game is a very important one."
Inverness defender Ross Tokely is aiming to frustrate Celtic.
"It's a venue that always tickles the taste buds and I think for a lot of the younger lads and guys who joined in the summer it's a place they maybe haven't been to," the 32-year-old said.
"We're going to a big stadium and it's certainly a bonus game. It's a place you are able to play but you must keep the ball and defend well.
"You've got be confident in your own ability, the main thing is not to lose an early goal.
"You have to keep it tight for the first 15-20 minutes, stick together and put the pressure on them.
"After getting beat last week, I'm not saying they will be nervy but they will certainly be keen to make the right start.
"We've got players that can hurt them, good pace in the side and players that want the ball.
"We have good memories of going down there last year, two nil down but kept going right to the end and got two goals back and could have sneaked it at the end."
Inverness are looking to atone themselves, having returned to the bottom of the SPL after a 3-1 loss at Dundee United last weekend.
"We definitely want to bounce back from a defeat by putting in a good performance, that's what you've got to do when you lose," the defender said.
"Everyone wants to go on runs but it's how you get points on board.
"We showed that last year with that away mentality, sticking together and hitting on the break, that's what we've got to do on Saturday."
Inverness pair Gavin Morrison (ribs) and Richie Foran (shoulder and foot) are touch and go to take their places.
Josh Meekings and Lee Cox are back in training after injury but unlikely to play.
Chris Hogg, Owain Tudur Jones (both knee), Jonny Hayes and Aaron Doran (both shoulder) are out.
Bhoys ease to victory
Joe Ledley set Celtic on their way to a 2-0 win which keeps them four points behind Rangers at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
First-half goals from Ledley and James Forrest eased the anxiousness which had gripped the home side for much of the opening period.
Striker Anthony Stokes missed a great chance after the break and as the enthusiasm of Inverness was doused, Celtic cruised through the second half to stay on the tails of their Old Firm rivals.
Neil Lennon's men can look forward to Thursday's Europa League clash with Udinese at Celtic Park with confidence, but the Hoops manager will be aware the Italians present an altogether different challenge to the SPL's bottom side.
Manager Lennon was forced to make two changes to the side which beat Ross County in the Scottish Communities League Cup in midweek.
Glenn Loovens replaced the injured Kelvin Wilson in defence and midfielder Ki Sung-yueng came in for the suspended Charlie Mulgrew.
Richie Foran passed a fitness test for the injury-hit Highlanders but manager Terry Butcher also made two changes, Aiden Chippendale and David Proctor coming in for Andrew Shinnie and Roman Golobart.
Inverness had deprived Celtic of five points last season, albeit with a vastly different squad, thus doing as much any side to prevent the Hoops wresting the title back from Rangers.
And there was no mistaking the nervousness inside the stadium in the early stages.
In the sixth minute Fraser Forster slipped as he came out to meet Gregory Tade who had raced on to a long ball from Greg Tansey but the Hoops goalkeeper blocked the shot from the striker and the ball ricocheted out for a goal kick.
Moments later, as Caley broke with purpose down the right, midfielder Nick Ross just failed to get on to the end of Foran's cross and the ball sped wide.
Celtic's first effort came in the 15th minute when striker Gary Hooper fired wide from long distance, moments before Loovens missed Ki's corner from the right when it looked like he might have got a header on goal.
Proctor picked up a head injury in trying to defend the corner and was replaced by Golobart and the disruption appeared to affect the visitors as soon afterwards, in the 28th minute, Celtic were ahead.
Ledley had plenty of space when he took a pass from stand-in skipper Beram Kayal and set himself before drilling a shot from 25 yards low past Inverness goalkeeper Ryan Esson and into his bottom right-hand corner.
Five minutes later the home side doubled their lead when Forrest raced through the middle on to a Ki pass to knock the ball past Esson from the edge of the box.
Caley stabilised themselves and three minutes from the break Tansey went close with a drive after working some space for himself inside the Celtic box, before a couple of Inverness corners flashed across the Hoops six-yard box.
Celtic should have started the second half in more composed fashion but still an anxiousness pervaded, especially when the Hoops defence was called into action.
In the 51st minute, though, the home side should have had another goal.
Forrest slipped the ball to Hooper inside the box and his cut-back was perfect for Anthony Stokes, but the Irishman blasted high over from eight yards.
A minute later Hooper was replaced by Mohamed Bangura and he appeared to quickly bring added energy to the Hoops attack as the Parkhead men took a grip of the game, although the powerful and strong-running Tade continued to be a thorn in the side of the Celtic defence.
There appeared little chance of an Inverness comeback although there was enough slack play in the Hoops defence at times to give them encouragement.
In the 75th minute Lennon replaced Ki with Georgios Samaras and Stokes with Paddy McCourt in an attempt to find some more goals, but five minutes later Foster made a great save from Foran's close-range diving header.
McCourt missed a good chance by heading wide from a Bangura cross but the game petered out on the pitch as the home fans eventually found their voices off it.
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