Inverness CT 1 - 2 Celtic

League Match
Saturday, October 18th, 2008, 12:30 PM at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 7,143
Referee: Iain Brines
Inverness CT  Celtic

Goalscorers
Garry Wood (69)
Scott Brown (48)
Glenn Loovens (65)

Team Managers
Craig Brewster Gordon Strachan

Starting Eleven
Michael Fraser
Richard Hastings
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Phil McGuire
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
Ian Black
Don Cowie
Garry Wood
Dougie Imrie
Artur Boruc
Gary Caldwell
Stephen McManus
Glenn Loovens
Lee Naylor
Aiden McGeady
Scott Brown
Marc Crosas
Barry Robson
Scott McDonald
Shaun Maloney

Substitutes
Ryan Esson
Jamie Duff
Lionel Djebi-Zadi
Barry Wilson
Zander Sutherland
Iain Vigurs
Adam Rooney
Mark Brown
Mark Wilson
Darren O Dea
Paul Hartley
Shunsuke Nakamura
Patrick McCourt
Cillian Sheridan

Substitutions
Jamie Duff for Phil McGuire (54)
Adam Rooney for Ian Black (66)
Barry Wilson for Roy McBain (75)
Mark Wilson -> Gary Caldwell (64)
Cillian Sheridan -> Scott McDonald (64)
Paul Hartley -> Marc Crosas (90)

Bookings
Ian Black (28)
Dougie Imrie (73)
Ross Tokely (90)
Marc Crosas (40)
Scott Brown (45)
Aiden McGeady (85)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Michael Fraser (GK) 68 apps -
Phil McGuire 34 apps1 goal
Richard Hastings 346 apps4 goals
Ross Tokely 451 apps30 goals
Grant Munro 250 apps6 goals
Ian Black 117 apps5 goals
Russell Duncan 264 apps9 goals
Don Cowie 52 apps11 goals
Roy McBain 309 apps19 goals
Dougie Imrie 26 apps4 goals
Garry Wood 7 apps2 goals
Jamie Duff (sub) 8 apps -
Barry Wilson (sub) 349 apps83 goals
Adam Rooney (sub) 10 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (29 years 232 days)
Oldest Player:Grant Munro (2010 years 80 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 196 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Iain Vigurs (20 years 169 days)
Oldest Player:Phil McGuire (2010 years 80 days)
Average Player Age:29 years 134 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Grant Munro played his 250th major competitive game for the Club.

Tic Pip ICT:

League Leaders Celtic, travelled to Inverness today a couple of men down, but Caley Thistle weren't without their own injury problems as Barrowman was unavailable for selection.

The first 45 minutes ended without a goal, but it only took Celtic 3 minutes to break the deadlock in the second half when ICT seemed to fall asleep and allowed Brown to stick away an easy ball.

Loovens increased the lead to two on 65 and it looked like one way traffic until Wood managed to get a foot on a headed ball to put it out of the reach of Boruc and went on to look as if they were in the ascendancy.

It wasn't to be however, and the game finished 1-2 in favour of the visitors. 

hislopsoffsideagain summed up:

Take away the first 20 minutes of the second half and we were the better team. Brew had us well organised from the off, and the lack of a target man and a route one ball meant Celtic had to play it through us, which they found pretty tough. Wood deserves a bit of flak for missing that glorious chance, but it was a world class stop by Boruc.

What does Brew put in the players' half time tea though? Yet again we were caught cold at the beginning of the second half. Imrie had a wonderful game otherwise, but he should have been tracking Naylor down the left. Our defence should have dealt better with the cross though, and the same goes for the second goal. It was a shame as we looked great in the closing stages after Wood grabbed one back, the substitutions were good ones (Black was walking a tightrope and wasn't having all that great a game) and we definitely warranted a draw.

C'est la vie. Imrie deserved his MotM, while I thought Wood did a good job with such little service. Munro was the pick of our defenders for me.

Match report written by hislopsoffsideagain/cto



None.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 9 7 1 1 23 11 12 22
2. Rangers 8 6 1 1 15 6 9 19
3. Kilmarnock 9 5 1 3 10 9 1 16
4. Hibernian 8 4 1 3 9 10 -1 13
5. Hearts 8 4 0 4 10 13 -3 12
6. Dundee Utd 8 3 2 3 10 10 0 11
7. St. Mirren 9 3 2 4 8 9 -1 11
8. Inverness CT 9 3 1 5 11 11 0 10
9. Motherwell 9 3 1 5 12 15 -3 10
10. Aberdeen 9 3 1 5 8 11 -3 10
11. Hamilton Academical 9 3 0 6 9 16 -7 9
12. Falkirk 9 2 1 6 12 16 -4 7