Inverness CT 1 - 2 Celtic

League Match
Sunday, January 28th, 2007, 2:00 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 7,484
Referee: Iain Brines
Inverness CT  Celtic

Graham Bayne (57)
Riordan (37)
Vennegoor of Hesselink (90)

Team Managers
Charlie Christie Gordon Strachan

Starting Eleven
Michael Fraser
Richard Hastings
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Darren Dods
Barry Wilson
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
John Rankin
Dennis Wyness
Graham Bayne
Vennegoor of Hesselink

Ally Ridgers
Stuart McCaffrey
Stuart Soane
Ian Black
Alan Morgan
Markus Paatelainen
Rory McAllister

Rory McAllister for Dennis Wyness (2)
Ian Black for Russell Duncan (74)
Markus Paatelainen for Rory McAllister (84)
O'Dea -> Pressley (38)
Miller -> Beattie (46)
Jarosik -> Miller (60)

None. Vennegoor of Hesselink (58)
Jiri Jarosik (89)

Red Cards
None. Vennegoor of Hesselink (90)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Michael Fraser (GK) 7 apps -
Grant Munro 196 apps5 goals
Darren Dods 100 apps6 goals
Richard Hastings 286 apps2 goals
Ross Tokely 390 apps28 goals
Russell Duncan 208 apps5 goals
John Rankin 26 apps5 goals
Barry Wilson 298 apps78 goals
Roy McBain 254 apps15 goals
Dennis Wyness 214 apps94 goals
Graham Bayne 90 apps15 goals
Ian Black (sub) 63 apps1 goal
Markus Paatelainen (sub) 2 apps -
Rory McAllister (sub) 37 apps3 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (27 years 333 days)
Oldest Player:Graham Bayne (2008 years 181 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 317 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (27 years 333 days)
Oldest Player:Stuart Soane (2008 years 181 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 317 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Darren Dods played his 100th major competitive game for the Club.

Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink scored the winner in injury time and then received a second yellow for over-zealous celebrating with the away fans as Caley Thistle lost out 2-1 to Celtic at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium. Club Historian Ian Broadfoot supplies the match report.

Inverness CT 1-2 CELTIC

It was twilight robbery! Caley Thistle matched Celtic all the way, had come back from a goal down and were pushing for a second goal when Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink stepped in to score the winner with 90 minutes on the clock.

The game marked a year (and 46 matches) in charge for Charlie Christie and was Darren Dods’ 100th appearance. With Mark Brown now on the Celtic bench, Caley Thistle brought back Ally Ridgers from Clach on loan to act as back-up to Mike Fraser.

It started badly for the home side when, after just 30 seconds, Dennis Wyness went down 20 yards out after a one-two with Graham Bayne – it looked like a foul but nothing was given. There was worse to follow as Wyness left the field with a dislocated shoulder and headed for Raigmore Hospital.

Rory McAllister came on and proved to be a fine deputy. He had the first ICT shot in seven minutes when he fired from 25 yards and Artur Boruc had to be sharp to push it for a corner. Dods diverted a Craig Beattie shot for a corner in 16 minutes then Shunsuke Nakamura hit over the bar.

Fraser confidently held a low Thomas Gravesen shot in 19 minutes. McAllister hit low past the Celtic goal in 33 minutes and Barry Wilson did the same a minute later.

In 37 minutes Celtic carved out an opening goal in strange circumstances. A Roy McBain sliced clearance came off the bar and Derek Riordan had an easy task to score from close range. Five minutes from the break McBain went down in the Celtic box but play was waved on then a Graham Bayne header went wide.

Half Time: 0-1

The home side came out fighting in the second half and could have scored in 54 minutes when Wilson robbed Gravesen and raced goalwards – his 25 yard shot was spilled by Boruc, McBain ran onto it but his shot was deflected for a corner – surprisingly a goal kick was given.

The pressure was rewarded three minutes later when a quick John Rankin throw on the left found Grant Munro and his cross was headed home by Graham Bayne to the delight of the home fans. It was no more than Caley Thistle deserved and they continued to press.

In 70 minutes McAllister robbed Neil Lennon, then ran on and found Bayne on the right – the striker’s shot went wide. A McAllister 22 yard shot in 73 minutes was deflected for a corner then five minutes later Bayne went down in the box to no avail. Vennegoor came close at the other end with ten minutes left when his angled shot from the right was beaten away by Fraser. It rebounded kindly for the Celtic striker but he hit wildly over the bar.

Substitute Ian Black hit too high from 25 yards in 81 minutes before the final drama. The fourth official had just signalled two added minutes when an attempted Darren Dods clearance was sliced up in the air, it fell to Vennegoor and he hammered in despite Fraser getting a hand to it.

Full Time: 1-2

The scorer ran to the Celtic fans to celebrate, received a second yellow card and was off. It made no difference as the two extra minutes produced nothing and Celtic took the points. Caley Thistle remain eighth and Celtic lead the table by 19 points from Rangers.

Match report written by Ian Broadfoot


Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 26 20 5 1 52 20 32 65
2. Rangers 26 13 7 6 41 22 19 46
3. Aberdeen 25 12 6 7 33 22 11 42
4. Hearts 26 11 8 7 34 24 10 41
5. Hibernian 26 11 6 9 46 31 15 39
6. Kilmarnock 26 10 6 10 34 40 -6 36
7. Falkirk 26 10 3 13 33 33 0 33
8. Inverness CT 26 7 10 9 30 35 -5 31
9. Dundee Utd 26 7 7 12 28 48 -20 28
10. Motherwell 24 7 4 13 29 41 -12 25
11. St. Mirren 25 5 8 12 22 39 -17 23
12. Dunfermline 26 3 6 17 13 40 -27 15