Celtic 3 - 0 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, November 13th, 2004, 3:00 PM at Celtic Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 56,594
Referee: Hugh Dallas
Celtic Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Sutton (3)
Hartson (53)
Hartson (77)
None.

Team Managers
Martin O'Neil

Starting Eleven
Hedman
McNamara
Varga
Balde
Valgaeren
McGeady
Lennon
Sutton
Thompson
Camara
Hartson
Mark Brown
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Stuart Golabek
Darren Dods
Barry Wilson
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
Richie Hart
Graham Bayne
Juanjo Carricondo

Bench
Lawson
Quinn
Sylla
Pearson
Juninho
Marshall
Michael Fraser
Stuart McCaffrey
Liam Keogh
Darran Thomson
Liam Fox
Ian Black
Bryan Prunty

Substitutions
Juninho -> Camara (80)
Pearson -> Sutton (80)
Liam Fox for Juanjo Carricondo (67)
Bryan Prunty for Barry Wilson (80)
Liam Keogh for Richie Hart (80)

Bookings
McNamara (26)
Varga (74)
None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 107 apps -
Grant Munro 104 apps2 goals
Stuart Golabek 182 apps4 goals
Darren Dods 4 apps -
Ross Tokely 299 apps22 goals
Russell Duncan 127 apps2 goals
Barry Wilson 206 apps64 goals
Richie Hart 79 apps12 goals
Roy McBain 182 apps10 goals
Juanjo Carricondo 16 apps1 goal
Graham Bayne 16 apps3 goals
Liam Keogh (sub) 80 apps3 goals
Liam Fox (sub) 4 apps2 goals
Bryan Prunty (sub) 11 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (25 years 257 days)
Oldest Player:Darren Dods (2006 years 105 days)
Average Player Age:29 years 86 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (25 years 257 days)
Oldest Player:Darran Thomson (2006 years 105 days)
Average Player Age:29 years 86 days
Domestic Players:18 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

With a new manager still not in place, John Docherty and Charlie Christie took control of the side and they sent out the same team that took a point the previous Saturday at East End Park.

Mark Brown was fit enough to play and Celtic welcomed back Chris Sutton into the side.

ICT found themselves a goal down after three minutes when Aiden McGeady curled in a cross from the left and Chris Sutton rose high to head into the net. It was not looking good at that stage as the home side pressed to increase their lead but it was ICT who gradually clawed their way back into the game and had a good amount of possession, especially in the midfield area.

Graham Bayne was once again a tireless worker and he neatly set up Barry Wilson but a good tackle by Neil Lennon thwarted the danger. The play swung to the other end and Mark Brown pulled off a tremendous save from Henri Camara before Juanjo was fouled and Roy McBain's kick went inches over the bar.

Half Time: 1-0

The home side increased their lead in 52 minutes with the first of a double from John Hartson. Jackie McNamara swung over a low cross from the right and Hartson swept the ball into the net. ICT rallied well and Magnus Hedman produced an excellent save from a 30 yard effort by Barry Wilson. Hedman later denied ICT skipper Stuart Golabek by turning his fierce effort round the post.

Liam Fox replaced Juanjo and he was immediately involved in some fine passing with Russell Duncan and Roy McBain. ICT were then given a great chance to get back into the game in 73 minutes when Stanislav Varga brought Richie Hart crashing to the ground. A stonewall penalty but Wilson's weak effort was easily saved by Hedman.

Celtic increased their lead five minutes later with another effort from Hartson. McGeady passed to Jackie McNamara who moved in on goal. Mark Brown narrowed the angle but McNamara managed to squeeze the ball goalwards and it was eventually put into the net by Hartson.

A double substitution by both teams was made but by that time the game was lost for Caley Thistle.

Match report written by Ian Broadfoot



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 14 12 1 1 38 13 25 37
2. Rangers 13 9 3 1 27 5 22 30
3. Aberdeen 14 7 4 3 16 14 2 25
4. Hearts 14 6 5 3 13 9 4 23
5. Hibernian 13 6 3 4 20 20 0 21
6. Kilmarnock 14 6 2 6 20 21 -1 20
7. Motherwell 14 5 2 7 20 20 0 17
8. Dunfermline 14 3 4 7 11 19 -8 13
9. Inverness CT 14 3 3 8 14 23 -9 12
10. Dundee 14 3 3 8 14 25 -11 12
11. Dundee Utd 14 2 5 7 14 25 -11 11
12. Livingston 14 2 3 9 12 25 -13 9