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The referee gives a free kick against Johnny Hayes for handball. Fraser Forster takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Patrick McCourt by Andrew Shinnie results in a free kick. The referee books Andrew Shinnie for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki, save made by Ryan Esson.
Corner taken short by Andrew Shinnie.
Gary Hooper fouled by Andrew Shinnie, the ref awards a free kick. Sung-Yeung Ki restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki from the left by-line, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ross Tokely by Daniel Majstorovic. Ryan Esson restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from deep inside the area by Kris Commons clears the crossbar.
James Forrest leaves the field to be replaced by Kris Commons.
Johnny Hayes takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Shane Sutherland on Adam Matthews. Adam Matthews takes the direct free kick.
David Proctor comes on in place of Richie Foran. Shane Sutherland on for Gregory Tade. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Beram Kayal by Johnny Hayes. Direct free kick taken by Sung-Yeung Ki.
Goal scored by Anthony Stokes from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Inverness CT 0-2 Celtic.Assist by James Forrest.
The referee blows for offside against Kenny Gillet. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
Patrick McCourt is brought on as a substitute for Badr El Kaddouri.
Unfair challenge on Gregory Tade by Badr El Kaddouri results in a free kick. Badr El Kaddouri goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Josh Meekings takes the direct free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki from the right by-line.
Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Save by Ryan Esson.
Sung-Yeung Ki decides to take a short corner.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Forrest by Kenny Gillet. Adam Matthews takes the direct free kick.
Anthony Stokes grabs a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Inverness CT 0-1 Celtic.The assist for the goal came from Gary Hooper.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gregory Tade by Daniel Majstorovic. The referee cautions Daniel Majstorovic for unsporting behaviour. Josh Meekings restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki.
Georgios Samaras leaves the field to be replaced by Sung-Yeung Ki.
Richie Foran challenges Daniel Majstorovic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Richie Foran receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Badr El Kaddouri restarts play with the free kick.
Johnny Hayes takes a shot. Save made by Fraser Forster.
Daniel Majstorovic concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Shinnie. Direct free kick taken by Andrew Shinnie.
Georgios Samaras has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
Unfair challenge on David Davis by Joe Ledley results in a free kick. Josh Meekings takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Greg Tansey on Georgios Samaras. Greg Tansey is sent off. Anthony Stokes has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Richie Foran. Fraser Forster takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Shinnie on James Forrest. Beram Kayal takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ross Tokely on Anthony Stokes. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Adam Matthews, Ryan Esson makes a save.
The referee blows for offside. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Adam Matthews, Richie Foran manages to make a clearance.
Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Ross Tokely gets a block in.
Richie Foran fouled by Beram Kayal, the ref awards a free kick. Beram Kayal is cautioned. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Esson.
Chris Hogg concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Hooper. The referee shows Chris Hogg a yellow card. Free kick taken by Adam Matthews.
Foul by Anthony Stokes on Ross Tokely, free kick awarded. Ryan Esson takes the direct free kick.
Richie Foran is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kenny Gillet on James Forrest. Adam Matthews crosses the ball in from the free kick, Ross Tokely manages to make a clearance.
The official flags Richie Foran offside. Fraser Forster takes the indirect free kick.
Short corner taken by Andrew Shinnie from the left by-line.
Outswinging corner taken by Adam Matthews from the right by-line, clearance by Richie Foran.
Richie Foran concedes a free kick for a foul on Victor Wanyama. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.
James Forrest gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenny Gillet. Kenny Gillet takes the direct free kick.
Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Save made by Ryan Esson.
Adam Matthews fouled by Kenny Gillet, the ref awards a free kick. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Josh Meekings by Georgios Samaras. Josh Meekings takes the free kick.
Greg Tansey decides to take the corner short.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Adam Matthews from the left by-line, Ryan Esson makes a save.
Gregory Tade challenges Daniel Majstorovic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Fraser Forster takes the direct free kick.
David Davis has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
Georgios Samaras is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Hogg.
Beram Kayal produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Hayes relishing Celtic test
Inverness may be bottom of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League but Jonny Hayes claims they are "massively confident" ahead of the visit of Celtic.
Terry Butcher's side have struggled for most of the season but the Dubliner, 24, is buoyed by the convincing 6-3 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park a fortnight ago.
The former Leicester winger is also mindful of the fact that Caley scuppered the Hoops' title hopes last season with a shock 3-2 win in May, and played down the prospect of Celtic looking for revenge.
"We are not worried about them at all to be honest," he said. "We look forward to the game, we are massively confident.
"We have had a couple of good performances recently and we played really well and won against them last season.
"The way we have been playing lately has been good enough to beat anybody."
Celtic boss Neil Lennon remains keen, though, for skipper Scott Brown to sign a new contract and is set to intervene to end the impasse between the player and the club.
The former Northern Ireland skipper reiterated that there is a problem with the fee demanded by the Scottish international's agent.
The 26-year-old's current deal runs out next summer and mindful of the fact that Brown can speak to other clubs from January, Lennon wants the situation resolved soon.
"I wouldn't say it was a major concern but I think it will come to the case where we will have to sit down again and see what he is thinking," said the Irishman.
"Everything has been agreed but there is a discrepancy with his agent's fees and we are not prepared to pay that."
Although Brown and fellow long-term injury victim Kelvin Wilson will start back training in the next week or so, Lennon's problems appear to be continuing with the news that Bangura may require surgery on a knee problem picked up against Rennes in France last month.
Lennon said: "Mo Bangura is still going through a programme on his knee, still not sure whether that requires surgery or not.
"At the minute he is doing okay but there hasn't been a rapid improvement and he might have to see a specialist."
Tansey red boosts Bhoys
Anthony Stokes' second-half double gave Celtic a 2-0 victory over 10-man Inverness in their Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium.
The turning point came in the 36th minute when Caley midfielder Greg Tansey was controversially sent off by referee Stevie O'Reilly after he jumped for the ball with Georgios Samaras.
The decision appeared to be harsh, but the momentum switched to the visitors who took full advantage.
On the hour Stokes finished a fine move involving James Forrest and Gary Hooper before volleying in a clinching second in the 72nd minute to make it eight goals in eight games for the on-form Irishman.
In terms of a sideshow, all ears were on the travelling support, to whom Neil Lennon had pleaded with not so indulge in the chants which have landed the club in trouble with UEFA and the SPL.
The Parkhead club face a UEFA charge of "illicit chanting" and are under investigation for alleged pro-IRA chants following games against Rennes and Hibernian respectively.
The Celtic fans held up banners before the game which read 'Our music has survived through famine and oppression' and 'Get up, stand up, don't give up your rights'.
There appeared to be little controversy with regards to their song-sheet and the away fans trooped out happy after Celtic ran out comfortable winners in the end.
For today, though, Lennon was more concerned with getting a team together and he made three changes, two enforced, as injuries continued to disrupt his plans.
Midfielder Joe Ledley returned from injury with Badr El-Kaddouri coming in at left-back and Hooper starting in attack.
Midfielder Kris Commons dropped to the bench with injured defenders Cha Du-ri and Thomas Rogne out altogether.
Victor Wanyama stepped back from midfield to partner Daniel Majstorovic at the heart of the Hoops' defence while Chris Hogg returned from suspension to take over from David Proctor in the Caley rearguard.
Neither defence looked particularly impressive in the early stages.
In the 12th minute Stokes left Caley defender Ross Tokely for dead after taking a Samaras flick on at the edge of the box but his curling shot was saved by Caley keeper Ryan Esson.
Parkhead keeper Fraser Forster, for his part, made a decent save from Jonny Hayes' low drive in the 18th minute after the home side exerted a spell of pressure.
It was shaping up to be an intriguing game, most of which was fought in midfield.
Hogg was booked for a trip on Hooper in the 25th minute as the Parkhead striker glided past him just over the halfway line with the Caley defence stretched.
Celtic skipper Beram Kayal then picked up a yellow card for a foul on his Inverness counterpart Richie Foran before Caley defender Josh Meekings' block prevented Stokes squeezing the ball in from eight yards, after Hooper and Forrest had combined well inside the Inverness box.
The game turned when Tansey was shown a straight red by O'Reilly after his challenge with Samaras which left the Greece striker requiring treatment.
It appeared that the decision was harsh and the player was applauded off the park by the home fans, who pilloried O'Reilly as the teams came off at the interval, the referee getting the same treatment at the end of the game.
Two minutes after the restart, Samaras, being booed by the home fans every time he touched the ball, fired wide from the edge of the box.
The visitors were slowly asserting themselves and it was with a clever move that Stokes put them ahead.
Forrest and Hooper worked a one-two at the edge of the Caley box and when the former Scunthorpe striker played the ball across the six yard box Stokes knocked into an empty net.
Moments later, with Caley on the ropes, Esson was forced to tip a shot from Stokes over the bar, after the Irishman was played in by Kayal.
Lennon replaced El-Kaddouri with Paddy McCourt with a view to the Northern Ireland international producing a bit of magic to clinch the points.
However, in the 72nd minute, it was who Stokes sealed the win with a fine volley which flew past Esson and into the far corner after Forrest's shot was blocked by Meekings.
There was shout for a Caley penalty when Foran tumbled in the box following a challenge by Ledley but O'Reilly was unimpressed.
Commons replaced Forrest with 10 minutes remaining and volleyed over the bar moments later from 12 yards but the game was effectively finished by then.
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