Celtic 3 - 0 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, February 20th, 2016, 3:00 PM at Celtic Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 43,600
Referee: Don Robertson
Celtic Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Gary Mackay-Steven (54)
Leigh Griffiths (59)
Leigh Griffiths (93)
None.

Team Managers
Ronnie Deila John Hughes

Starting Eleven
Craig Gordon
Mikael Lustig
Dedryck Boyata
Erik Sviatchenko
Kieran Tierney
Nir Biton
Scott Brown
Gary Mackay-Steven
Stefan Johansen
Stuart Armstrong
Leigh Griffiths
Owain Fon Williams
Gary Warren
Daniel Devine
Carl Tremarco
Iain Vigurs
Liam Polworth
Greg Tansey
Ross Draper
Lewis Horner
Jordan Roberts
Miles Storey

Bench
Logan Bailly
Colin Kazim-Richards
Kris Commons
Ryan Christie
Scott Allan
Charlie Mulgrew
Patrick Roberts
Ryan Esson
Jason Brown
Nat Wedderburn
Blair Maclennan
Ryan Williams
Liam Hughes
Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo

Substitutions
Scott Allan -> Stuart Armstrong (63)
Ryan Christie -> Stefan Johansen (67)
Patrick Roberts -> Gary Mackay-Steven (82)
Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo for Jordan Roberts (72)
Liam Hughes for Lewis Horner (78)
Ryan Williams for Greg Tansey (88)

Bookings
Erik Sviatchenko (45) Gary Warren (52)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Owain Fon Williams (GK) 32 apps -
Carl Tremarco 60 apps1 goal
Daniel Devine 69 apps2 goals
Gary Warren 137 apps12 goals
Iain Vigurs 48 apps8 goals
Ross Draper 145 apps8 goals
Jordan Roberts 5 apps1 goal
Lewis Horner 13 apps1 goal
Liam Polworth 61 apps5 goals
Greg Tansey 134 apps24 goals
Miles Storey 23 apps9 goals
Liam Hughes (sub) 3 apps -
Ryan Williams (sub) 2 apps -
Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo (sub) 23 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Liam Polworth (21 years 136 days)
Oldest Player:Greg Tansey (2017 years 206 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 336 days
Domestic Players:5 (45.45 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Jason Brown (19 years 232 days)
Oldest Player:Greg Tansey (2017 years 206 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 41 days
Domestic Players:12 (66.67 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Tremendous Performance All In Vain:

Inverness went down 3-0 at Parkhead after dominating the first half. The Caley Jags could have been three ahead before Gary Mackay-Steven opened the scoring after 54 minutes. Leigh Griffiths added a second soon after and the final goal came in stoppage time from the same player, his 32nd of the season.

Inverness were strutting their stuff in the first 45, moving the ball around incisively, a bit like watching Barcelona, but the missed chances proved costly and once Celtic scored the two quick goals, alas, it was game over for Inverness.

It's the fixture the Inverness fans are not too keen on. Given the statistic that the aggregate over the last six visits to Parkhead is 24-2 in favour of Celtic, then that's hardly surprising.

Gary Mackay-Steven was first to have a swipe at the ball, but his shot fron outside the box took a deflection as it sliced wide. Miles Storey was similar at the other end, his shot slicing high and wide.

The first big event of the game came after 17 minutes as Inverness began to get a stranglehold on the game. A tremendous free kick by Iain Vigurs from deep left curled over everyone including keeper Craig Gordon and into the box. It was met perfectly by Gary Warren six yards out in line with the back post. Unfortunately Warren must have had on his thrupenny bit head and missed what can only be described as a sitter, the ball flashing wide back across the unguarded net and well off target. Miss of the season for us.

Griffiths fired in a snapshot that Owain Fon Williams made a meal of, but he kept the ball out and Inverness continued their domination of proceedings.

Ross Draper was unfortunate as he saw his shot deflected agonisingly wide as Inverness turned the screw. His chance was set up by Ian Vigurs with a deft ball slipped to him on he edge of the box after determined work by Miles Storey. Celtic were merely spectating by this point in the game

Armstrong and Tansey exchanged attempts, both missing the target and Sviatchenko was booked as he brought down Storey who looked to be getting away from him as he broke over the half way line, but the half drew to a close with the scoreline unchanged, and that would be our downfall.

Half Time 0-0

Celtic came out after the break and looked to have upped their energy levels, Mackay-Stevens and Stuart Armstrong having attempts blocked and missed, but it was Inverness that almost opened the scoring three minutes in.

Celtic had pushed forward but the visiting defence broke down another attack. Greg Tansey played a precision ball forward and Jordan Roberts showed Sviatchenko a clean pair of heels. As he got to the eighteen yard line he released his shot but Craig Gordon had stood tall and spread himself well, Roberts shot striking the keeper in the chest and bouncing to safety.

Celtic opened the scoring through Gary Mackay-Steven after they played the ball along the edge of the Inverness box, the final touch before Mackay-Steven looked to have struck a Celtic arm but he whipped a shot into the net with the aid of a deflection.

A few minutes later and Inverness went two down. Dylan Tierney played a crossfield ball from deep in the visitors half. The ball found it's way to Griffiths and he wasted no time getting his shot away after a short dribble to his right, and from the right corner of the box found the bottom of the net. The pinpoint accuracy beet the keeper as his low shot went across Fon Williams and into the net off the far post. An absolute hammer blow to Inverness who had been so far on top prior to this quick one-two.

Celtic had their tails up now and Inverness started to look despondent. Stefan Johansen met a cut back from twelve yards out but Fon Williams smothered the ball low to his left.

Inverness were not done yet though and after a header from close range was blocked, the ball was taken down by Lewis Horner outside the box. He neatly turned his man before shooting just wide, a slight deflection earning him a corner.

Ryan Christie had come on by this time, unfortunately wearing a Celtic strip.

Tansey whipped a free kick in from thirty yards but it was all too comfortable for Gordon in the Celtic goal as he plucked the ball out of the air with ease.

Substitute Andrea Mutombo caused some consternation in the home box after the ball had been smuggled away from the defender, but it was cleared at the expense of a corner. The ball falling to Vigurs eventually, but there was to be no repeat of his Motherwell volley as he hit the ball well over the bar.

Griffiths competed the scoring in time added on after a slick seven man move involving a bit of showboating before Griffiths embedded the ball in the back of the net from the edge of the box, fantastic goal to finish the game.

Full Time 3-0

You would have put your mortgage on Inverness winning this one at half time. However hard luck stories don't win games and Celtic showed why they are on top of the league with a clinical display of finishing, something we could have done with. Our ball retention and passing were first class and deserved a better fate. No real failures in this team performance and it would probably have been enough to see off anyone else. Special mention for Lewis Horner who took a bit of stick a few weeks ago but has come back well and answered his critics with a decent display in his last two outings.

MotM will be going to an Inverness born and bred lad. Ryan Christie for coming back well after his serious injury this season. Inverness players all acquitted themselves very well and had we taken our chances we could have been out of sight before Celtic scored, but that's life.

Match report written by tm4tj



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 26 19 4 3 69 21 48 61
2. Aberdeen 26 17 4 5 45 29 16 55
3. Hearts 25 12 8 5 46 26 20 44
4. Ross County 27 11 3 13 42 43 -1 36
5. St. Johnstone 25 10 5 10 41 41 0 35
6. Motherwell 27 8 5 14 30 43 -13 29
7. Dundee 26 8 10 8 39 41 -2 34
8. Inverness CT 25 8 8 9 33 36 -3 32
9. Hamilton Academical 27 7 8 12 31 47 -16 29
10. Partick Thistle 23 7 7 9 22 28 -6 28
11. Kilmarnock 27 7 7 13 29 48 -19 28
12. Dundee Utd 26 4 5 17 26 50 -24 17

* - Table split into two divisions of six.