Monday, December 17, 2007

Celtic Craps Another Win Away!

Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Tulloch Caledonian Stadium

(Rankin 42 pen, Proctor 57, Cowie 61)

(Vennegoor of Hesselink 24, 26)

INVERNESS CT (4-5-1) Fraser; Duncan, McGuire, Munro, Hastings; Cowie (Wilson 85), Rankin, Black, Proctor, McBain (Tokely 68); Niculae (Bayne 81)
Subs not used: Malkowski, Bayne, McAllister, Vigurs, Duff

CELTIC (4-4-2) M. Brown; Caldwell, Pressley (Riordan 76), McManus, Conroy; S. Brown, Donati, Hartley, McGeady; McDonald (Killen 81), Vennegoor of Hesselink
Subs not used: McGovern, Sno, Jarosik, Balde, O’Dea

Inverness Caledonian Thistle stunned SPL champions Celtic as they fought back from 2-0 down to beat the Hoops in a five-goal thriller.

Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink put Celtic ahead with two headers in the space of 60 seconds in the first period, but Caley midfielder John Rankin reduced the deficit with a penalty on the stroke of half-time.

The home side then levelled through David Proctor before Don Cowie made it 3-2. Proctor saw red for a professional foul on Scott McDonald in 68 minutes as Celtic pushed for an equaliser, but it never arrived.

Gordon Strachan decided to stick with the same starting XI that beat Falkirk 4-0 in midweek. Ryan Conroy continued at left-back, while Mark Brown lined up in goal against his former side.

Inverness in December is never the most exotic of locations and the freezing conditions came as no surprise to anyone inside the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium. For the players, however, the rutted, rock-solid pitch was far from ideal.



They need to figure out how to play more consistently!



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