Inverness CT 1 - 1 Celtic

League Match
Sunday, August 20th, 2006, 2:00 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 7,332
Referee: Craig Thomson
Inverness CT  Celtic

Goalscorers
Grant Munro (80)
Pearson (26)

Team Managers
Charlie Christie Gordon Strachan

Starting Eleven
Mark Brown
Richard Hastings
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Darren Dods
Roy McBain
Liam Keogh
Ian Black
John Rankin
Dennis Wyness
Craig Dargo
Boruc
Wilson
Caldwell
McManus
Wallace
Nakamura
Jarosik
Lennon
Pearson
Miller
McGeady

Substitutes
Michael Fraser
Stuart McCaffrey
Russell Duncan
Richie Hart
Zander Sutherland
Graham Bayne
Rory McAllister
Telfer
Zurawski
Sno
Varga
Beattie
Cuthbert
Marshall

Substitutions
Graham Bayne for Dennis Wyness (65)
Richie Hart for Roy McBain (79)
Russell Duncan for John Rankin (90)
Marshall -> Boruc (46)
Zurawski -> Jarosik (60)
Beattie -> Pearson (85)

Bookings
Ross Tokely (55)
Ian Black (74)
Richie Hart (85)
Graham Bayne (88)
None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 181 apps -
Grant Munro 171 apps4 goals
Darren Dods 77 apps3 goals
Richard Hastings 263 apps2 goals
Ross Tokely 365 apps26 goals
John Rankin 4 apps -
Roy McBain 229 apps13 goals
Liam Keogh 100 apps3 goals
Ian Black 48 apps1 goal
Dennis Wyness 197 apps91 goals
Craig Dargo 42 apps21 goals
Richie Hart (sub) 139 apps16 goals
Russell Duncan (sub) 190 apps5 goals
Graham Bayne (sub) 65 apps9 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (27 years 172 days)
Oldest Player:Ian Black (2008 years 20 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 136 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (27 years 172 days)
Oldest Player:Ian Black (2008 years 20 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 136 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Liam Keogh played his 100th major competitive game for the Club.

Grant Munro scores a late equaliser at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium to cancel out Stephen Pearson's first half strike. Club Historian Ian Broadfoot supplies the official report.

Grant Munro’s fourth club goal, ten minutes from time, earned Caley Thistle a well deserved draw – particularly on their excellent second half performance. The match was live on Setanta TV and Celtic manager Gordon Strachan was forced to watch it from the stand as he started a two-match banishment.

Charlie Christie made one enforced change with Liam Keogh making his 100th appearance in place of the injured Barry Wilson.

As usual the visit of either of the Old Firm leads to a capacity crowd and this was no different. 50 freeloaders also enjoyed the match from the A9 embankment. Celtic had the better of the first half but could not make their superiority really count.

The first serious chance of the game came in 15 minutes when Celtic’s Jiri Jarosik turned and shot from 20 yards. Mark Brown was equal to the task and made a good save. In 23 minutes a John Rankin 30 yard free kick rebounded off Neil Lennon and safely back to Artur Boruc. The opening goal came three minutes later from a long clearance following an ICT attack. Shunsuke Nakamura found Kenny Miller and, with the defence short handed, he flicked the ball low from the right of the box past Darren Dods and Stephen Pearson slid in to put the ball behind Mark Brown. Celtic looked well in control for the rest of the half but Rankin did have two good strikes as the half time whistle loomed. His first was a 25 yard rising effort which Boruc dived to touch over the bar. He then tried a low shot from the same distance but this time it went just wide.

Half Time: 0-1

David Marshall replaced the injured Boruc at half time and he had to face a rejuvenated Caley Thistle. Kenny Miller did have the space and time to put Celtic two up in 58 minutes but he shot early from the left side of the box and Brown collected easily. A Dennis Wyness lob from 18 yards just cleared the Celtic bar in 64 minutes and this was the striker’s last touch before Graham Bayne took his place. Bayne was immediately put through by Rankin, after good build up play from Craig Dargo, but his angled shot was held by the diving Marshall. In 68 minutes a Bayne flick set up a Dargo chip which went over the advancing Marshall but just wide. Celtic substitute ‘Magic’ Zurawski took a Gary Caldwell pass on the right of the home box in 71 minutes but shot over the bar. A McGeady low shot was held by Brown in 77 minutes then the equaliser came three minutes later. Substitute Richie Hart’s first touch was a corner from the left which came off the head of Darren Dods and seemed destined to run for a goal kick. Bayne had other ideas and did well to keep it in play before crossing into the box. It deflected into the path of Grant Munro 18 yards out and he powered it past the helpless Marshall to set the home section of the stadium alight. The Celtic backlash was inevitable and it nearly paid off two minutes later – Miller stretched for a cross from the right just a couple of yards out but he was off balance and it went wide. Brown held a McGeady chip then into added time Pearson blasted wide from 20 yards. The home side could just have sneaked it in the final two minutes. Dargo and Hart combined to give Bayne a sight of goal but he hit wide. Then, with seconds left, a long ball out of the Caley Thistle defence was chased by Bayne and Marshall. Bayne stretched to get a touch 30 yards out but it had no power and the defence recovered to clear.

Full Time: 1-1

Disappointment for Celtic, a fine point for the home side and tenth place retained.

Match report written by Ian Broadfoot



None.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Rangers 4 2 2 0 7 4 3 8
2. Celtic 4 2 1 1 8 4 4 7
3. St. Mirren 4 2 1 1 5 4 1 7
4. Falkirk 4 2 1 1 4 3 1 7
5. Hearts 4 2 1 1 4 4 0 7
6. Kilmarnock 4 2 1 1 5 6 -1 7
7. Aberdeen 4 1 3 0 5 3 2 6
8. Hibernian 4 1 2 1 5 4 1 5
9. Dundee Utd 4 0 3 1 3 4 -1 3
10. Inverness CT 4 0 3 1 3 4 -1 3
11. Dunfermline 4 0 2 2 2 4 -2 2
12. Motherwell 4 0 0 4 2 9 -7 0