Scottish Premiership
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Celtic 5-0 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Leigh Griffiths scored a hat-trick as Celtic swept Inverness aside to equal their highest league win of the season.

The striker volleyed in a great delivery from Emilio Izaguirre for the opener and then delivered a corner for Charlie Mulgrew to flick home.

Griffiths wasted a couple of chances early in the second half but soon had the net bulging with a fierce shot.

A Kris Commons strike squirmed under Dean Brill before the keeper was beaten by another fine finish from Griffiths.

The victory was an emphatic riposte to those questioning Celtic's motivation following the midweek loss of their unbeaten Premiership run.

Visiting manager John Hughes said pre-match that his players wanted to have a go at the champions but they were two goals down before the first quarter of the game had elapsed.

Griffiths struck on 11 minutes, steering in an Izaguirre cross from the left past Brill from six yards. The keeper got a touch but couldn't stop the ball hitting the net.

Mulgrew then added Celtic's second with a neat near post flick from an awkward Griffiths corner.

Inverness squandered a great chance to reduce the deficit when skipper Richie Foran scooped over from 14 yards following an enterprising run and cross from full-back Grame Shinnie.

Celtic threatened again, with Brill stopping a shot from Anthony Stokes and Gary Warren needed to make a good blocking tackle on Griffiths has he sped towards goal.

The busy Griffiths fired into the side-netting from sixteen yards after a neat Nir Biton pass five minutes into the second half and Inverness replied with a Billy McKay shot easily saved by Fraser Forster.

Griffiths fired Celtic further ahead on 57 minutes, nipping between two defenders on the left side of the box and thrashing a wicked shot in from sixteen yards.

McKay then forced a point blank save from Forster as Inverness tried to rally, the striker slipping as he looked certain to score.

Shortly afterwards some intricate interplay between Stokes and Griffiths saw the latter fire high over the bar as Celtic maintained their high-tempo attacking game.

A James Forrest effort then clipped the bar and Brill then had to dive to his left to beat away another shot from the Scotland winger, who was deployed in a central role behind the strikers.

Substitute Kris Commons cracked in the fourth goal with a twenty five yard effort which slipped under keeper Brill and, with Celtic in rampant form, Griffiths added the fifth five minutes from time - coolly slotting past Brill from fourteen yards.

Line-ups

Celtic

  • 1Forster
  • 2MatthewsSubstituted forFisherat 80'minutes
  • 3Izaguirre
  • 6Biton
  • 4Ambrose
  • 5van Dijk
  • 8BrownSubstituted forJohansenat 86'minutes
  • 21Mulgrew
  • 10StokesSubstituted forCommonsat 66'minutes
  • 49Forrest
  • 28Griffiths

Substitutes

  • 9Samaras
  • 11Boerrigter
  • 15Commons
  • 24Zaluska
  • 25Johansen
  • 33Kayal
  • 41Fisher

Inverness CT

  • 12Brill
  • 2Raven
  • 3Shinnie
  • 4Vincent
  • 5WarrenSubstituted forDevineat 68'minutes
  • 6Meekings
  • 11Ross
  • 8DraperSubstituted forWatkinsat 69'minutes
  • 7MckaySubstituted forChristieat 81'minutes
  • 9Foran
  • 16Tansey

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 14Devine
  • 15Watkins
  • 18Tremarco
  • 20Polworth
  • 21Pepper
  • 36Christie
Referee:
Brian Colvin
Attendance:
46,552

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home24
Away6
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Celtic 5, Inverness CT 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celtic 5, Inverness CT 0.

Attempt missed. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Danny Devine (Inverness CT) header from very close range is too high.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

Attempt missed. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Stefan Johansen replaces Scott Brown.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 5, Inverness CT 0. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kris Commons.

Attempt missed. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

Richie Foran (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Ryan Christie replaces Billy McKay.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Darnell Fisher replaces Adam Matthews.

Attempt saved. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 4, Inverness CT 0. Kris Commons (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Forrest.

Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Dean Brill.

Attempt saved. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

James Forrest (Celtic) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Kris Commons (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Marley Watkins replaces Ross Draper.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Danny Devine replaces Gary Warren.

Attempt missed. Scott Brown (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Gary Warren.

Attempt blocked. Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Kris Commons replaces Anthony Stokes.

Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).

Ross Draper (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Fraser Forster.

Attempt saved. Billy McKay (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 3, Inverness CT 0. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Charlie Mulgrew.

Attempt missed. James Vincent (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic28243168145475
2Aberdeen28173840261454
3Motherwell2716294340350
4Dundee Utd27128749321744
5Inverness CT2613583326744
6St Johnstone27105123431335
7Hibernian2788112532-732
8Kilmarnock2876153347-1427
9St Mirren2876152744-1727
10Partick Thistle28511122945-1626
11Ross County2875163350-1726
12Hearts2856172350-276
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