Friday, August 13, 2010

Live - Saturday's Scottish football



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By Thomas McGuigan

1249: The Highlanders' last win over their Glasgow opponents was in December 2007 and Celtic boast a strong record over Terry Butcher's side with 11 victories in 15 Scottish Premier League encounters.

1248: Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska races from his line to block Adam Rooney's shot as the defence are slow to react to Jonny Hayes's clever ball.

1247: "Great run... terrible first touch."BBC Scotland's Murdo MacLeod on the Cha Du Ri chance

1246: Celtic right back Cha Du Ri thunders down the wing but a heavy touch as he arrows into the box sees the chance lost and Ryan Esson collects.

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From Mem On My Sport: "Caley need to start taking some of these chance or it will come back to haunt them as it so often does when teams miss chances against the Old Firm. Aside from that though, good to see a "smaller" team having the guts to take it to one of the Old Firm. Hopefully this will be a precursor for the rest of the season ahead." You can see why Inverness have gone 21 league games unbeaten.

1242: Jonny Hayes has been the pick of the bunch in the opening 25 minutes; it's still goalless but it's compelling viewing.

1241: After surviving that early Inverness onslaught, Celtic appear to be growing in confidence but they remain vulnerable down the left.

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From Boogie Bear On My Sport: "Mulgrew lucky not to be booked. Inverness the better side so far but it's early days."

1237: Celtic midfielder Shaun Maloney is sent clear on goal following a wonderful through ball from Georgios Samaras but his shot comes back off the post and bounces to safety. He should have scored.

1234: Oh Inverness, what a chance! Jonny Hayes - who else? - engineers space on the right before sending a delicious cross into the box but Eric Odhiambo sends his header over the bar. Terry Butcher puts his head in his hands; Neil Lennon urges his team to tighten up.

1233: "Inverness know what they are doing, they are well drilled and Celtic know they are in a battle" BBC Radio Scotland pundit John Robertson

1232: Inverness boss Terry Butcher delivers some tactical instructions to his charges and he must be delighted with the opening 15 minutes.

1231: Celtic come within a whisker of taking the lead with their first serious attack. Marc-Antoine Fortune feeds Cha Du Ri and his centre finds Paddy McCourt but Kevin McCann's block prevents a certain goal.

1229: Celtic left-back Charlie Mulgrew chops down livewire Jonny Hayes and can count himself lucky not to receive the first yellow card of the game. There's rich pickings for Inverness down Celtic's left-hand side...

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From LogieB On My Sport: "Can't believe I'm at work Should get home for the second half though"

1225: The hosts haven't allowed Celtic settle into the game in the opening 10 minutes, as Celtic boss Neil Lennon bites his lip nervously on the touchline. Georgios Samaras has been a peripheral figure so far and the ball is remaining in Celtic territory. Inverness are pressing and squeezing the game.

1223: "One thing Inverness do have is a lot of pace." BBC Radio Scotland pundit John Robertson

1222: Inverness come close to drawing first blood. Odhiambo and Hayes combine well on the right before the latter's cross finds Rooney. But the striker balloons his effort wide of Zaluska's goal.

1221: "We've had four minutes, there's been hardly any play, but it's been explosive" BBC Radio Scotland commentator David Begg

1220: Jonny Hayes is back on his feet and re-enters the fray after that spearing run through the heart of the Celtic defence.

1219: Both sides are going with lone frontman today: Adam Rooney for Inverness and Georgios Samaras for the visitors.

1217: Inverness midfielder Jonny Hayes embarks on a lung-bursting run as he slaloms past a few Celtic challenges before falling in the box under the close attentions of Glenn Loovens and Jos Hooiveld. Replays show he may have been caught there. Great start from the home side.

1216: The 2010/11 SPL season is under way!

1214: Paddy McCourt is given the chance to emulate Aiden McGeady, as he starts against Inverness. Mexican midfielder Efrain Jaurez drops to the bench. Marc-Antoine Fortune comes in for Gary Hooper, who is absent with a calf injury.

1213: Inverness field Jonny Hayes after he recovers from a knee injury but fellow Irish forward Richie Foran misses out with the same problem. Defender Kenny Gillet makes his debut but summer signing Gil Blumenshtein has to settle for a place on the bench.

1211: Cheered by a passionate home support, Inverness CT unfurl the First Division league champions flag at the Caledonian Stadium. The teams are limbering up in the tunnel. Not long to go now...

1208: Celtic manager Neil Lennon has just told BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound that the club's pursuit of Manchester City winger Craig Bellamy is "ongoing".

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From DCooper7 - true blue On My Sport: "If James Beattie can stay fit then he will be a massive player for Rangers this season. Well done to Walter on bringing some big name players back into the Scottish game. We welcome the chase."

1201: Inverness CT v Celtic teams:
Inverness CT: Esson, McCann, Tokely, Munro, Gillet, Ross, Cox, Duncan, Hayes, Odhiambo, Rooney. Subs: Tuffey, Proctor, Golabek, McBain, Blumenshtein, Sutherland, Sanchez.
Celtic: Zaluska, Cha, Hooiveld, Loovens, Mulgrew, Maloney, Ledley, Brown, McCourt, Samaras, Fortune. Subs: Cervi, Juarez, Misun, Ki, Murphy, Kayal, Forrest. Referee: C Murray

1157: By the way, before we turn our attention to the Caledonian Stadium a wee word on the triumphant return of the BBC Predictor Yes, it's back, and it's your chance to show the pundits how it's done.

1154: In the other games, Aberdeen host Hamilton, Hearts take on St Johnstone and St Mirren face Dundee United as the SPL bandwagon rolls into action in style...

1152: Walter Smith's men will unfurl the league flag before this afternoon's game against Kilmarnock at Ibrox. Rangers are targeting a third consecutive title in Smith's last season in charge.

1150: Celtic manager Neil Lennon takes his new-look side north looking to hit the ground running. Since succeeding Tony Mowbray, Lennon has signed seven players as he looks to wrest the title back from champions Rangers.

1147: Newly-promoted Inverness CT host Celtic in the first of five SPL games. Terry Butcher's men are riding on the crest of a wave: 21 games unbeaten in the league and ready for battle.

1145: Welcome to this afternoon's live text commentary of the opening day of the new Scottish Premier League season.

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