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Owain Tudur Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Ledley. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick. Owain Tudur Jones receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
Claude Gnakpa is ruled offside. Fraser Forster takes the direct free kick.
(Inverness CT) makes a substitution, with Owain Tudur Jones coming on for Shane Sutherland.
The ball is crossed by Johnny Hayes, clearance by Sung-Yeung Ki.
Sung-Yeung Ki gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shane Sutherland. Kenny Gillet restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Scott Brown by Johnny Hayes results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Victor Wanyama. Thomas Piermayr joins the action as a substitute, replacing Josh Meekings.
Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Save made by Ryan Esson.
Kris Commons fouled by Kenny Gillet, the ref awards a free kick. Sung-Yeung Ki takes the direct free kick.
Johnny Hayes sends in a cross.
Kris Commons on for James Forrest.
Nick Ross produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Ledley on Ryan Esson. Ryan Esson restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Georgios Samaras by Steve Williams results in a free kick. Steve Williams is sent off. Free kick crossed left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew.
Graeme Shinnie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Forrest. Direct free kick taken by Adam Matthews. Booking for Graeme Shinnie for unsporting behaviour.
Sung-Yeung Ki joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gary Hooper.
Steve Williams concedes a free kick for a foul on Georgios Samaras. Scott Brown takes the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Johnny Hayes, save by Fraser Forster.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richie Foran by Georgios Samaras. Kenny Gillet takes the direct free kick.
The ball is sent over by Johnny Hayes.
The ball is swung over by Johnny Hayes, Kelvin Wilson manages to make a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Johnny Hayes.
Shot from outside the area by Claude Gnakpa misses to the left of the target.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Greg Tansey from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Georgios Samaras.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Johnny Hayes, Kelvin Wilson makes a clearance.
Johnny Hayes fouled by Daniel Majstorovic, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Greg Tansey. Daniel Majstorovic sent from the field by the ref for professional foul.
The ball is swung over by James Forrest, Steve Williams makes a clearance.
Charlie Mulgrew delivers the ball, clearance made by Graeme Shinnie.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew, clearance made by Ryan Esson.
Joe Ledley takes a shot. Kenny Gillet gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Williams on Gary Hooper. Charlie Mulgrew takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kelvin Wilson on Claude Gnakpa. Josh Meekings takes the direct free kick.
Claude Gnakpa challenges Kelvin Wilson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Fraser Forster takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Daniel Majstorovic on Claude Gnakpa, free kick awarded. Greg Tansey takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Hooper by Steve Williams. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew. The referee shows Steve Williams a yellow card.
Steve Williams challenges Gary Hooper unfairly and gives away a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick.
Johnny Hayes takes a inswinging corner.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richie Foran by Joe Ledley. Free kick taken by Johnny Hayes.
The ball is delivered by Johnny Hayes, clearance by Charlie Mulgrew.
The ball is swung over by Adam Matthews, clearance by Ryan Esson.
Charlie Mulgrew sends in a cross, clearance made by Kenny Gillet.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Victor Wanyama on Graeme Shinnie. Kenny Gillet takes the direct free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Nick Ross. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Greg Tansey. Fraser Forster fouled by Shane Sutherland, the ref awards a free kick. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.
Johnny Hayes produces a cross, Adam Matthews gets a block in.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Charlie Mulgrew goes wide right of the goal.
The ball is crossed by James Forrest, clearance by Kenny Gillet.
The referee penalises Victor Wanyama for handball. Free kick taken by Kenny Gillet.
Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line, Richie Foran makes a clearance.
Graeme Shinnie is penalised for a handball. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.
Victor Wanyama gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Graeme Shinnie. Direct free kick taken by Greg Tansey.
Richie Foran challenges Scott Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew restarts play with the free kick. Richie Foran booked for unsporting behaviour.
The offside flag is raised against Claude Gnakpa. Direct free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
The official flags Georgios Samaras offside. Free kick taken by Josh Meekings.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew, Steve Williams makes a clearance.
Richie Foran concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Mulgrew. Charlie Mulgrew restarts play with the free kick.
Goal scored by Joe Ledley from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Celtic 1-0 Inverness CT.The assist for the goal came from James Forrest.
Claude Gnakpa takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
Johnny Hayes crosses the ball.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Majstorovic on Claude Gnakpa. Ryan Esson restarts play with the free kick.
Daniel Majstorovic challenges Claude Gnakpa unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kenny Gillet restarts play with the free kick.
Joe Ledley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Claude Gnakpa. Johnny Hayes takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew, Victor Wanyama takes a shot.
Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Claude Gnakpa gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Brown by Greg Tansey. Kelvin Wilson takes the direct free kick.
Claude Gnakpa crosses the ball, clearance by Victor Wanyama.
Lennon backs Forster England claims
Neil Lennon does not know who the next England manager will be but hopes he does not ignore the English players at Celtic Park.
The Hoops boss has international stars from all over the world in his squad but keeper Fraser Forster, striker Gary Hooper and stopper Kelvin Wilson have yet to be capped for the Three Lions.
England interim boss Stuart Pearce was at Tynecastle on Wednesday night to see Forster, Wilson and Hooper help Celtic hammer Hearts 4-0 with the former Scunthorpe player grabbing his 17th goal of the season.
However, it is believed by some that playing in Scotland hampered the chances of Alan Thompson, Lennon's coach and former team mate at Celtic, from adding to his one England cap.
The Irishman, ahead of Celtic's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Inverness at Parkhead tomorrow, was asked about the possibility of his English players being ignored by Fabio Capello's successor.
"They shouldn't be, should they?" he said.
"Just because they play in Scotland doesn't mean to say they are not good enough to play international football.
"I have a squad full of international players, South Koreans, Hondurans, Mexicans, Irish and Scottish, so why not English?"
Rabiu Ibrahim is in the Celtic squad for the Inverness clash.
The Nigerian midfielder signed in January and has now sorted out the red tape which has delayed his debut.
Defender Thomas Rogne is a doubt with a calf injury for the Parkhead encounter.
Meanwhile, Inverness manager Terry Butcher has urged his players to inflict some pain on Celtic after their cup defeat by Lennon's side prompted prolonged "self-flagellation".
Butcher was uncharacteristically downbeat after their 2-0 home defeat in the William Hill Scottish Cup last Saturday.
Two individual errors in defence cost Caley Thistle their unbeaten run in 2012, but it was their failure to make an impression on Celtic's defence that left Butcher visibly hurt after the match.
But they have an immediate chance to set the record straight as they return to Clydesdale Bank Premier League action.
"We should have given Celtic a game, there's no doubt about it," Butcher said.
"Whilst we have beaten ourselves up this week and been very critical of the way we played and handled the situation, I think it's time to stop the self-flagellation and make sure we really pump ourselves up and say 'this is what we can do'.
"We've been looking at the DVD to see what we didn't do. We know that, but what can we do?"
Inverness are set to have an unchanged squad. Steve Williams has returned to training after a knee injury but is unlikely to feature.
Billy McKay and Owain Tudur Jones are just short of a comeback while Aaron Doran (hamstring), Roman Golobart (ankle), Chris Hogg (knee) and Andrew Shinnie (foot) remain out.
Ledley keeps Celtic soaring
Joe Ledley's first-half goal gave Celtic a 1-0 victory over Inverness at Parkhead and restored their four-point lead over Rangers at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
The Wales midfielder converted a James Forrest cross after 16 minutes from close range to extend the Hoops' domestic winning run to 17 games.
However, most of the drama came after the break.
Celtic defender Daniel Majstorovic, back in the side for the injured Thomas Rogne, was controversially shown a straight red card by referee Steven McLean on the hour mark for a 'last man' challenge on Jonny Hayes, a decision which had the home crowd in uproar.
Their anger dissipated a little when Caley defender Steve Williams was sent packing in the 77th minute for picking up the second of two yellow cards for a foul on Georgios Samaras.
In the end the nervy home support were happy to hear the final whistle although Majstorovic's red card will no doubt be the talking point for a few days. Celtic, with only one change to their line-up, went into the game one point ahead of Rangers following the Light Blues' 4-1 win at Dunfermline earlier in the day.
Ryan Esson returned to the Inverness goal at the expense of Jonathan Tuffey, while Williams, Claude Gnakpa and Shane Sutherland came in for Gregory Tade, Ross Tokely and David Proctor, the latter two starting on the bench along with Tuffey.
Caley had lost 2-0 at home to Celtic in the William Hill Scottish Cup fifth-round last week and once more they had a shaky start.
There were less than two minutes played when Hoops midfielder Victor Wanyama headed a Charlie Mulgrew corner just over the bar and it appeared that the visitors could be in for a long afternoon.
However, three minutes later a fine pass from Gnakpa found Nick Ross in acres of space just outside the Celtic box but the Caley midfielder failed to control the ball instantly and the opportunity was gone.
Caley's chances of a shock win, though, took a severe dent when Celtic forged ahead through Ledley.
Skipper Scott Brown sent the unmarked Forrest free down the right-hand side and his low cross to the back post was tapped in by the Wales international from a yard out.
Five minutes later Mulgrew forced Esson into a fine save just under the bar from a whipped-in free-kick but Celtic made nothing of the corner.
The Hoops fans were in celebratory mode but there were occasional flashes from Terry Butcher's men which suggested they could pose a threat.
In the 29th minute Caley midfielder Greg Tansey sent Hayes racing into the Celtic box with a pass which again cut open the Parkhead rearguard but he was crowded out before he could get his shot away.
Mulgrew came close in the 34th minute when he drilled a 25-yard shot past low past Esson's far post, after the Inverness defence had repelled a Forrest cross from the left.
Esson denied Celtic with three minutes of the first-half remaining when he did well to cut out a dangerous low cross from Forrest who had returned to the right-hand side after a spell on the left.
There was little really to get excited in the second half until, in a moment of drama, Majstorovic was shown a straight red card by referee McLean.
It appeared the Sweden defender, while originally not realising that Hayes was behind him as he watched Mulgrew's sliding pass back go on its way back to Fraser Forster, got a touch on the ball with a recovery tackle at the edge of the box.
The stand side assistant kept his flag down but McLean acted and his decision angered the home support and Lennon, who was spoken to by McLean after appearing to remonstrate with fourth official Charlie Richmond.
Ki Sung-yueng replaced Gary Hooper as Celtic reshuffled but the visitors sensed their might be something in the game for them.
The numbers were evened up by McLean when Williams, booked just after the break for a foul on Hooper, was sent off for a second yellow card offence on Samaras.
The complexion of the game changed again but Ross missed a decent chance for Caley when he screwed his angled-drive from 10 yards wide of the target.
At the other end, Samaras finished a mazy run with a low drive which tested Esson but in the end Celtic were happy to see the game out.
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