Inverness CT 0 - 4 Celtic

League Match
Wednesday, March 1st, 2017, 7:45 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 5,948
Referee: Andrew Dallas
Inverness CT  Celtic

None. Scott Sinclair (43)
Moussa Dembele (46)
Stuart Armstrong (66)
Moussa Dembele (73)

Team Managers
Richie Foran Brendan Rodgers

Starting Eleven
Owain Fon Williams
Gary Warren
David Raven
Brad Mckay
Louis Laing
Liam Polworth
Greg Tansey
Ross Draper
Larnell Cole
Billy Mckay
Billy King
Craig Gordon
Mikael Lustig
Dedryck Boyata
Erik Sviatchenko
Kieran Tierney
Scott Brown
Nir Bitton
Gary Mackay-Steven
Stuart Armstrong
Scott Sinclair
Moussa Dembele

Daniel Hoban
Kevin McNaughton
Iain Vigurs
Alex Fisher
Scott Boden
Dean Ebbe
Henri Anier
Dorus de Vries
Kolo Toure
Emilio Izaguirre
Leigh Griffiths
Cristian Gamboa
Callum McGregor
Liam Henderson

Iain Vigurs for Larnell Cole (64)
Henri Anier for Billy Mckay (81)
Callum McGregor -> Gary Mackay-Steven (69)
Liam Henderson -> Scott Brown (78)

Louis Laing (65)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Owain Fon Williams (GK) 76 apps -
Brad Mckay 21 apps -
Louis Laing 3 apps -
David Raven 157 apps4 goals
Gary Warren 182 apps14 goals
Ross Draper 192 apps16 goals
Greg Tansey 180 apps29 goals
Larnell Cole 18 apps2 goals
Liam Polworth 104 apps10 goals
Billy King 26 apps3 goals
Billy Mckay 147 apps64 goals
Iain Vigurs (sub) 93 apps16 goals
Henri Anier (sub) 7 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Liam Polworth (22 years 146 days)
Oldest Player:Billy King (2018 years 216 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 86 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Daniel Hoban (18 years 335 days)
Oldest Player:Greg Tansey (2018 years 216 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 97 days
Domestic Players:13 (72.22 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Fon Williams in Blunderland:

Cock up keeper Owain Fon Williams was badly at fault as Celtic cruised home 4-0. The keeper who looked to have recovered from a shaky spell earlier in the season gifted Celtic their second goal and was suspect as they scored a third direct from a free kick after failing to cover his near post. I'm afraid he made a difficult job impossible as Celtic took full advantage from his gaffs to run out 4-0 winners. Scott Sinclair scored an excellent opener after riding a couple of challenges on the stroke of half time. Moussa Dembele poked in the second moments after the break after OFW blundered. Stuart Armstrong scored from that free kick and Dembele finished with aplomb as Celtic clinically hit on the counter.

The result was never in doubt, but the manner in which we gifted goals was difficult to take and it undid the good work of the last couple of games.

Another big away support filled the South Stand as Celtic kicked off playing towards the bridge end where a noisy and spirited young team took up residence and backed the home side who would be facing a difficult task.

The first half was void of any real chances, neither keeper being forced into anything too difficult and maybe that was a good thing as events would unfold. Billy Mckay tried his luck with a low effort that Craig Gordon gathered easily after Billy King linked with Mckay and fed him on the edge of the box.

It was a resilient display by Inverness, but just when we thought it was safe to go for the half-time cuppa, Scott Sinclair scored a superb goal. He appeared to be fouled by Draper as he made his way across the edge of our box but he stayed on his feet and rode another challenge before curling a shot beyond the outstretched Fon Williams to bring the first half to a dramatic close, The pressure had been mounting but up to that point we were well in the game without causing too much problems for the visitors.

Half Time 0-1

We kicked off the second period and within twelve seconds shot ourselves in the foot. From the kick off the ball went backwards, and when Gary Warren decided to put it all the way back to his keeper there seemed little danger. However Fon Williams miskicked the ball, only succeeding in slicing the ball into the path of Moussa Dembele five yards in front of him. He chipped the ball up in the air and prodded it into the empty net with our blundering keeper lying on the deck looking on.

It looked as though that goal sucked the energy and determination right out of the home players and from there on in it was one way traffic. Celtic don't usually need gifts, but when they are presented to them on a plate, it would have been rude not to accept it.

Moments later the keeper made amends when he stopped a close range effort on his line but, alas, the damage had been done.

Dembele and his strike partner Sinclair were causing problems with their sheer pace, skill levels and movement and from one burst by Dembele he left defenders in his wake before setting up Sinclair who blasted just over.

His next thrust saw Celtic win a free kick just wide of the angle of our penalty box. Cross anticipated by all apart from Stuart Armstrong who hit the ball well and it ended up in Fon Williams' net at his near post. More shambolic keeping from the Welsh international who did not cover himself in glory. Cheap goal to lose and Celtic well on top.

Liam Polworth woke from his slumber and fired a loose ball on target with a volley but Gordon was equal to it and tipped it over for a corner. That was the nearest we came to scoring whilst Celtic carved out another half dozen chances.

The final goal came when Billy King ran out of ideas at the Celtic end, loss possession and when Tierney cracked a long ball forward, Dembele left everyone in his wake before dinking the ball over Fon Williams and into the empty net. Quality goal from a quality player.

Full Time 0-4

Celtic were good value for their win with Dembele and Sinclair outstanding. Tierney is one of the hottest prospects around and the whole team oozes class from back to front and right through the bench as well. It's difficult for any team to match them at the moment, but we did just that in a keenly contested first half. However the wheels fell off with the errors and the desire to compete visibly ebbed from the players. No disgrace losing to the best Celtic team for years, but disappointing that we contributed to our own downfall after a promising first forty-five. With that game out of the way, Foran needs to lift the squad for the last eleven games with the Aberdeen one looking like the toughest fixture left. Mind you, in our position at the bottom, they are all tough.

Richie Foran was as scathing of his side as any of the fans.

Caley boss Richie Foran: "It's extremely disappointing. We lacked courage on the ball, we lacked belief on the ball. I'm not even sure Celtic got out of second gear. We never got going.
"I find it hard to think of a player that did well. The whole 11 lacked courage. Off the ball we were OK; on the ball we didn't want to pass forward and take responsibility.
"On the counter we had the ability but we didn't have the belief to go with it. It doesn't matter how good Celtic were. We had opportunities to play and get forward but we didn't fancy it.
"The second goal was comical. It's embarrassing. But we were poor all over the park. At least three of the goals we conceded were avoidable."

tm4tj MotM. Not one Inverness player deserved to be nominated apart from Ross Draper who tried his best. The sponsors MotM went to Polworth. Having a laugh maybe, but the real MotM goes to the young team who tried to drum up support as they waved their flags, sang, jumped around and got right behind the team for the full 93 minutes. Well done lads, it's a pity the team don't have your energy and enthusiasm at the moment.

Match report written by tm4tj


Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 27 26 1 0 73 16 57 79
2. Aberdeen 27 16 4 7 50 24 26 52
3. Rangers 27 13 7 7 37 32 5 46
4. Hearts 27 10 8 9 46 35 11 38
5. St. Johnstone 27 10 7 10 35 36 -1 37
6. Partick Thistle 27 8 8 11 29 32 -3 32
7. Dundee 27 8 6 13 31 37 -6 30
8. Kilmarnock 26 6 10 10 24 41 -17 28
9. Ross County 27 6 9 12 29 45 -16 27
10. Hamilton Academical 27 4 12 11 26 39 -13 24
11. Motherwell 26 6 6 14 30 53 -23 24
12. Inverness CT 27 4 10 13 31 51 -20 22