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  • Date:14 Aug 2010
  • Kick-off:12:15
  • Venue:Caledonian Stadium
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The referee brings the game to a close.

93:20 +3.20

Foul by Ross Tokely on Shaun Maloney, free kick awarded. Charlie Mulgrew takes the direct free kick.

92:07 +2.07

Shot by James Forrest. Efrain Juarez takes a shot. Save made by Ryan Esson.

88:16

Efrain Juarez is brought on as a substitute for Marc-Antoine Fortune.

87:46

Du-Ri Cha takes a shot. Ryan Esson makes a save.

87:04

Shot by James Forrest. Save by Ryan Esson. Corner taken right-footed by Shaun Maloney from the right by-line, Ross Tokely manages to make a clearance.

85:41

Shane Sutherland joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jonathan Hayes.

83:06

Unfair challenge on Shaun Maloney by Lee Cox results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Shaun Maloney from right channel. Corner taken by Shaun Maloney played to the near post.

79:19

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Shaun Maloney played to the near post, Ross Tokely makes a clearance.

77:35

David Proctor on for Gil Blumenshtein.

76:02

Shot by James Forrest from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.

74:47

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Charlie Mulgrew, Russell Duncan makes a clearance.

73:51

Shaun Maloney takes a shot. Ryan Esson makes a save. Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Russell Duncan.

69:44

Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line played to the near post, Russell Duncan makes a clearance.

66:40

Close range effort by Shaun Maloney goes wide of the right-hand upright.

63:48

Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Ryan Esson makes a save. Inswinging corner taken by Shaun Maloney from the left by-line, Glenn Loovens has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

62:49

Shaun Maloney takes a shot. Ross Tokely manages to make a clearance.

60:50

Gil Blumenshtein on for Nicholas Ross. James Forrest on for Patrick McCourt.

60:25

Scott Brown takes a shot. Comfortable save by Ryan Esson.

59:09

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Georgios Samaras by Kevin McCann. Free kick taken by Jos Hooiveld.

57:55

Eric Odhiambo challenges Du-Ri Cha unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lukasz Zaluska.

55:14

Patrick McCourt gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Inverness CT 0-1 Celtic.

54:37

Jonathan Hayes sends in a cross, Nicholas Ross takes a shot. Save by Lukasz Zaluska.

53:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Grant Munro by Georgios Samaras. Free kick taken by Ryan Esson.

53:20

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Cox on Glenn Loovens. Glenn Loovens takes the direct free kick.

51:39

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Charlie Mulgrew, Ross Tokely manages to make a clearance.

49:52

Charlie Mulgrew takes the inswinging corner, save by Ryan Esson.

49:40

Joe Ledley takes a shot. Save made by Ryan Esson.

48:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Ledley on Russell Duncan. Kenny Gillet takes the free kick.

47:12

Ross Tokely challenges Scott Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Ryan Esson. Short corner taken by Patrick McCourt.

46:50 +1.50

Marc-Antoine Fortune takes a shot. Save made by Ryan Esson.

45:46

Russell Duncan takes a shot. Save made by Lukasz Zaluska.

42:40

Grant Munro gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaun Maloney. Direct free kick taken by Glenn Loovens.

41:15

Corner from the right by-line taken by Charlie Mulgrew, Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Nicholas Ross gets a block in.

40:06

Shot from deep inside the area by Georgios Samaras clears the crossbar.

38:19

The referee penalises Georgios Samaras for handball. Ryan Esson restarts play with the free kick.

37:09

Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Save by Ryan Esson.

36:21

Joe Ledley takes a shot. Ross Tokely gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line, Grant Munro makes a clearance.

34:00

Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Ryan Esson makes a save.

31:20

Adam Rooney takes a shot. Save by Lukasz Zaluska. Corner taken left-footed by Jonathan Hayes from the left by-line, Foul by Ross Tokely on Charlie Mulgrew, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Lukasz Zaluska.

30:36

Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Brown on Russell Duncan. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Jonathan Hayes.

28:41

Adam Rooney challenges Charlie Mulgrew unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.

26:17

Centre by Russell Duncan, Header on goal by Adam Rooney from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

22:14

Shaun Maloney fouled by Kenny Gillet, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew crosses the ball in from the free kick, Nicholas Ross makes a clearance.

21:12

Charlie Mulgrew has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.

20:48

Shaun Maloney has an effort at goal from the edge of the box striking the post.

17:49

The ball is crossed by Jonathan Hayes, Eric Odhiambo produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

16:41

Georgios Samaras handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Ryan Esson restarts play with the free kick.

16:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Du-Ri Cha on Eric Odhiambo. Direct free kick taken by Kenny Gillet.

15:10

Russell Duncan takes a shot. Save by Lukasz Zaluska.

12:38

Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Mulgrew on Jonathan Hayes. Free kick taken by Kevin McCann.

11:10

Unfair challenge on Kenny Gillet by Georgios Samaras results in a free kick. Ryan Esson takes the free kick.

9:42

Jonathan Hayes produces a cross, Header by Eric Odhiambo from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

7:49

Unfair challenge on Eric Odhiambo by Glenn Loovens results in a free kick. Kenny Gillet takes the direct free kick.

6:26

Georgios Samaras is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Ryan Esson takes the free kick.

5:32

Kevin McCann crosses the ball, Effort on goal by Adam Rooney from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

0:40

Jonathan Hayes challenges Glenn Loovens unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Lukasz Zaluska.

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

The ref blows to end the first period.

The match restarts for the second half.

Match Preview

Foran out for three weeks Inverness striker Richie Foran will miss the first three weeks of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League season after struggling with a knee problem in pre-season. But fellow Irishman Johnny Hayes is pushing to feature against Celtic after scoring twice against Clach in a midweek friendly after being troubled by the same injury. Summer signing Chris Innes is suspended for the visit of Neil Lennon's side but Stuart Golabek has shaken off a hamstring injury. Inverness have not lost at home since October and striker Adam Rooney is aiming to put pressure on Celtic with the help of a vocal home support. "I think there's always pressure on the Old Firm," he said. "Celtic will obviously have pressure on them after being knocked out of the Champions League but we'll be looking to make it difficult for them, just like any team this season. "Hopefully we can make this place a fortress, the fans were great last year especially when things were tough going, they got behind the team and helped lift us. "Hopefully we can get a full house this Saturday and give all the lads a boost." Celtic will be without Gary Hooper after the striker suffered a calf injury in the pre-season defeat by Blackburn. Scott Brown will have his ankle problem assessed after missing Scotland`s defeat by Sweden and Thomas Rogne is likely to miss out after suffering a thigh injury while playing for Norway Under-21s. But Israel midfielder Beram Kayal could make his debut and James Forrest has recovered from illness. Paddy McCourt faces the most important season of his Celtic career as he bids to prove he can fill the void left by Aiden McGeady. The Republic of Ireland in ernational has completed a reported #9.5million move to Spartak Moscow and McCourt concedes the departure of the winger will be a blow for the Hoops. However, he knows the loss of one of their key players will also pave the way for someone else to stake a claim for first-team football and is determined to be the one who benefits. "We have probably lost our best player in the league so he is going to leave a big hole but it's up to someone to step up to the plate and fill it," said McCourt. Asked whether that person could be him, he replied: "I think so, me and maybe a couple of other boys. "It's up to whoever gets the shout against Inverness. "They've got the jersey and it's up to them to hold onto it and I'm hoping it will be me. "It's very important - it's the most important season since I've been here to be honest. "The first one I found tough and I struggled a lot. Last year I was quite happy with the games when I did come in and play. "This is the year where I really want to kick on and be a regular in the side."

Formation:4411Manager: Terry Butcher

Inverness CT

Formation: 442Manager: Neil Lennon

Celtic

  • Ryan Esson
  • Kevin McCann
  • Ross Tokely
  • Grant Munro
  • Kenny Gillet
  • Nicholas Ross
  • Lee Cox
  • Russell Duncan
  • Jonathan Hayes
  • Eric Odhiambo
  • Adam Rooney
  • SUBS
  • Jonny Tuffey
  • David Proctor
  • Stuart Golabek
  • Roy McBain
  • Gil Blumenshtein
  • Shane Sutherland
  • Danni Sanchez

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Match Report

McCourt steps up to the plate Paddy McCourt seized an early chance to prove he can fill Aiden McGeady's boots as his superb strike earned Celtic a 1-0 winning start to their Clydesdale Bank Premier League campaign at Inverness. The winger was handed the left-wing berth 24 hours after McGeady completed his #9.5million move to Spartak Moscow and he repaid Neil Lennon in style in the 56th minute as Celtic recovered from a slow start to produce a commanding second-half display. McCourt beat three men before finishing brilliantly in a goal reminiscent of his solo efforts against St Mirren and Falkirk last season, although he paid the price as he suffered a head knock that ended his involvement. Lennon would have been equally pleased to see his defence keep their first clean sheet since the summer break, a run that included eight friendlies and two Champions League games against Sporting Braga. Lennon, who was able to field injury concern Scott Brown from the start, had brought his players to the Tulloch Caledonian yesterday to acclimatise them to what were unfamiliar surroundings for many. But they looked like strangers to each other as Irn-Bru First Division champions Inverness dominated the opening stages. Jonny Hayes almost burst straight through the Celtic defence in the opening minute before Glenn Loovens cleared and Inverness created the first shooting chance when Adam Rooney volleyed Kevin McCann's cross a yard wide. Charlie Mulgrew resorted to a crude block on Hayes shortly after being beaten on two occasions by the winger and Celtic took almost 15 minutes to threaten only for McCann to foil McCourt following Cha Du-ri's cutback. Russell Duncan soon tested Lukasz Zaluska with a 25-yard drive at the other end and Hayes was causing Celtic a major headache, with Eric Odhiambo heading his cross over after a sharp build-up. However, Celtic missed a great chance in the 21st minute after Georgios Samaras played strike partner Shaun Maloney clean through. The Inverness defence stood waiting for a flag that never came but Maloney struck the top of the post from 15 yards with only Ryan Esson to beat. Inverness bounced back from the let-off and Rooney glanced over after impressive wing play from Nick Ross before they created their best chance in the 32nd minute. Hayes beat two men to the ball inside the box before helping it into the path of Rooney, whose low shot was blocked by Zaluska. The game was now flowing from end to end and Inverness debutant Kenny Gillet blocked shots from both Fortune and Joe Ledley after a low cross by Samaras, who soon had several opportunities himself, the best of which saw Ross block his header on the line following Mulgrew's corner. Esson ensured the half was goalless in injury-time when he blocked Fortune's near-post effort with his defence stretched and the Inverness goalkeeper was busy immediately after the interval too. He stretched to push past Mulgrew's 25-yard free-kick before standing firm as Ledley ran on to Maloney's defence-splitting pass to drive a shot from 20 yards. Celtic soon went ahead as McCourt added to his collection of brilliant individual efforts and the visitors' threat was not diminished after James Forrest came on for the injured goalscorer. Celtic took complete control and Scott Brown saw a shot held after a driving run before Ross Tokely cleared Maloney's effort off the line after Fortune had retrieved a Mulgrew cross. Samaras burst down the left and shrugged off Tokely before seeing Esson block his ambitious effort and soon set up Maloney, whose shot again beat Esson but drifted inches wide of the far post. Celtic continued to push forward and Esson scrambled clear Maloney's flick before Forrest blazed over from 10 yards after a Fortune cutback. Forrest later produced two much better efforts from long range, the first tipped wide by Esson and the second crashing off the bar. Inverness, who saw Gil Blumenshtein limp off shortly after coming on, never looked like getting back in the game as Lennon made it nine consecutive SPL wins as manager.

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