Scottish Premiership
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Inverness CT 0-1 Celtic

Celtic will enter 2014 with their unbeaten Scottish Premiership record intact after defeating Inverness in the Highlands.

Kris Commons's low drive gave the visitors an early lead.

Graeme Shinnie twice drew saves from Fraser Forster as Inverness tried to restore parity.

Commons continued to be Celtic's main goal threat and was denied a second by goalkeeper Dean Brill midway through the second half.

Commons netted his 15th goal of the season

Victory means Neil Lennon's side have dropped only six points from their opening 18 matches.

Much like their win at St Johnstone on Boxing Day, Celtic scored early, Commons playing a one-two with Georgios Samaras before drilling the ball through the legs of Brill.

Inverness, still without injured captain Richie Foran, now had a sizeable task on their hands if they were to deliver a first home win for recently appointed manager John Hughes.

Aaron Doran tested Forster from 20 yards, the Celtic keeper smothering the ball in the glare of a low-lying sun.

And the league's top scorer, Billy McKay, should have done better than head tamely into the hands of Forster after being picked out by Nick Ross.

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Interview - Celtic manager Neil Lennon

Still, the hosts were growing in confidence and Shinnie's rasping drive from the edge of the box gave Forster a much tougher challenge.

And Shinnie was frustrated by the England cap again at the start of the second half, his bobbling low drive palmed out for a corner.

Commons was looking lively at the other end and, after turning an Anthony Stokes cross wide and then clipping the top of the bar with a cross, the 30-year-old forced Brill into a fine save with a shot from inside the box.

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Interview - Inverness CT boss John Hughes

Forster had further work to do with Doran firing in from distance and Gary Warren looping a header on target from a corner.

And, in stoppage time, Ross Draper's downward header across the face of the Celtic goal was nodded wide by substitute Ryan Christie, who was flagged offside.

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 12Brill
  • 3Shinnie
  • 18TremarcoBooked at 76mins
  • 8Draper
  • 5Warren
  • 6Meekings
  • 15WatkinsSubstituted forChristieat 88'minutes
  • 19WilliamsBooked at 65mins
  • 7Mckay
  • 11RossSubstituted forAgdesteinat 83'minutes
  • 10Doran

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 2Raven
  • 14Devine
  • 20Polworth
  • 21Pepper
  • 23Agdestein
  • 36Christie

Celtic

  • 1Forster
  • 2Matthews
  • 3Izaguirre
  • 8Brown
  • 4Ambrose
  • 5van Dijk
  • 49ForrestSubstituted forPukkiat 81'minutes
  • 16Ledley
  • 10StokesSubstituted forBitonat 90'minutes
  • 15CommonsBooked at 51mins
  • 9SamarasBooked at 37mins

Substitutes

  • 6Biton
  • 17Baldé
  • 18Rogic
  • 20Pukki
  • 24Zaluska
  • 34O'Connell
  • 37Atajic
Referee:
Crawford Allan
Attendance:
6,384

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Inverness CT 0, Celtic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Inverness CT 0, Celtic 1.
Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).
Gary Warren (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Georgios Samaras (Celtic).
Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Joe Ledley (Celtic).

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Nir Biton replaces Anthony Stokes.
Attempt saved. Scott Brown (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Ryan Christie replaces Marley Watkins.
Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).
Danny Williams (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Teemu Pukki (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).
Joe Ledley (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Torbjorn Agdestein replaces Nick Ross.
Attempt missed. Anthony Stokes (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is too high from a direct free kick.
Foul by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).
Teemu Pukki (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).
Teemu Pukki (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Teemu Pukki replaces James Forrest.
Foul by Josh Meekings (Inverness CT).
James Forrest (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Ross Draper (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.
Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Fraser Forster.
Attempt saved. Gary Warren (Inverness CT) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Emilio Izaguirre.
Attempt blocked. Kris Commons (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Anthony Stokes (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT).

Booking

Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.
Kris Commons (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT).
Attempt saved. Danny Williams (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.
Foul by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).
Ross Draper (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Scott Brown (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Attempt saved. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Foul by Anthony Stokes (Celtic).
Gary Warren (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Danny Williams (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.
Georgios Samaras (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Danny Williams (Inverness CT).
Kris Commons (Celtic) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.
Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).
Georgios Samaras (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt missed. Anthony Stokes (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
Attempt missed. Kris Commons (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.
Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Carl Tremarco.
Foul by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).
Georgios Samaras (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).
Attempt missed. Billy McKay (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Marley Watkins (Inverness CT).

Booking

Kris Commons (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.
Danny Williams (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Kris Commons (Celtic).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Celtic1815302848
2Motherwell191216237
3Aberdeen1911261135
4Inverness CT1810351033
5Dundee Utd199551632
6St Johnstone18747725
7Hibernian19667-124
8St Mirren18558-920
9Kilmarnock195311-918
10Partick Thistle18369-1715
11Ross County183213-1811
12Hearts193412-20-2
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