Scottish football as it happened

Celtic are Scottish Premier League champions after beating Inverness CT 4-1, while St Johnstone and Ross County draw.

21 April 2013 Last updated at 17:24 GMT

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  1. 1810: 

    That's all from me folks. Congratulations to Celtic on their SPL title success.

    We'll do it all again, with coverage of Hibernian v Aberdeen tomorrow evening.

    Thanks for your company and enjoy what's left of the weekend.

  2. 1806: 

    You can see all the weekend action on Sportscene tonight [22:25 on BBC One Scotland] and on the BBC Sport website.

    Some gremlins in the system mean a slight delay in getting Saturday's action online.

  3. 1803: 

    St Johnstone are four points behind Inverness and we have four matches remaining, with the sides meeting in a noon kick-off next Saturday.

  4. 1756: 
    FULL-TIME- St Johnstone 2-2 Ross County

    Richard Brittain was in the spotlight before the match, with his bid to cancel an agreed move to St Johnstone in the summer, but the County skipper was not at all distracted as he tucked away two penalties in an enthralling game.

    However, neither side will be satisfied with a point, with games running out to catch Inverness in third place.

  5. 1754: 

    Injury time now. The Inverness team bus will have cheered up a bit as they make their way home after that 4-1 thumping at Celtic.

  6. 1752: 

    Both sides are pushing men forward in numbers but it's very scrappy, with everyone in too much of a hurry as we near the end of regulation time.

  7. 1750: 
    Richard Brittain has tucked away two penalties against St Johnstone in the week that he has said he wants to cancel an agreement to join the Perth side Richard Brittain has tucked away two penalties against St Johnstone in the week that he has said he wants to cancel an agreement to join the Perth side.
  8. 1745: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit John Robertson

    "Both teams must realise that if they are to have any chance of catching Inverness they simply have to win this one."

  9. 1743: 

    The chances keeping coming as Frazer Wright makes a mess of headed back-pass, which is intercepted by Steffan Wohlfarth. With Saints keeper Alan Mannus stranded, the German striker should score but nods wide.

  10. 1741: 

    St Johnstone striker Gregory Tade is left stunned as his powerful close-range header is somehow clawed away by Michael Fraser. A brilliant instinctive save!

  11. 1740: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit John Robertson

    "That's a needless penalty to give away. Ivan Sproule was going away from goal and there was no danger at all."

  12. 1738: 
    GOAL- St Johnstone 2-2 Ross County (Brittain)

    He's done it again. Richard Brittain slots away his second spot-kick, sending Alan Mannus the wrong way.

  13. 1737: 

    The visitors have another penalty as Tam Scobbie clips Ivan Sproule after Alan Mannus had make a great save.

  14. 1736: 

    Ivan Sproule races through to finish off a pass from Iain Vigurs but the offside flag was up early. The winger does that "I didn't hear the whistle" mime to the ref.

  15. 1734: 

    Branislav Micic has had a debut to forget. The second half substitute leaves the park clutching his shoulder and looks in real discomfort. Steven Ross is on.

  16. 1733: 

    A relieved puff of the cheeks from County full-back Mihael Kovacevic as a corner flashes across goal and rattles off his knee before skidding past his own post.

  17. 1730: 

    Steffan Wohlfarth is released by a lovely cushioned pass from Richard Brittain but the County striker slices his shot wide from 16 yards.

  18. 1726: 

    Staggies fans are getting a first look at Branislav Micic, who came on as a half-time substitute for Evangelos Ikonomou. He's throwing himself at everything and has picked up a couple of sore ones in the process.

  19. 1722: 

    A wonderful 11-game unbeaten run propelled Ross County into the top half of the league but they have stuttered recently. If the score stays like this, it will be the first time they have lost four in a row for over a decade, says BBC Radio Scotland commentator Scott Davie.

  20. 1718: 

    County are enjoying a good spell of pressure as they seek an equaliser, with St Johnstone defending deep to protect their 2-1 lead.

  21. 1713: 

    St Johnstone midfielder Mehdi Abeid gets to the byline and absolutely leathers the ball across goal. Gregory Tade is in the right place but cannot get a touch on it.

  22. 1711: 
    Celtic boss Neil Lennon on Gary Hooper's future

    "I haven't really spoken to his agent lately at length but I would like to keep Gary here because he is such an important player.

    "Goalscorers are at a premium, he is only 24 and has got 28 goals this season, 18 in the league.

    "He is two short of having 20-plus goals in the league for the third consecutive season which shows what an important, pivotal player he has been.

    "We don't want to break the wage structure because one thing that is important is team spirit.

    "These players, who are not on huge money, have raised the bar here over the last couple of years but we will do what we can to keep him."

  23. 1708: 

    The second half is underway...

  24. 1707: 

    The heavens have opened at McDiarmid Park, but the sun is still shining. This will come as no surprise to anyone who has ever gone on a camping holiday in Perthshire.

  25. 1703: 

    Ross County have done remarkably well in their first ever season in the top flight but manager Derek Adams is a hard task master and he will not tolerate any slacking off from his team.

  26. 1700: 
    St Johnstone are ahead at half-time in a cracking match St Johnstone are ahead at half-time in a cracking match
  27. 1652: 
    HALF-TIME- St Johnstone 2-1 Ross County

    A thoroughly entertaining first-half comes to a close with the hosts ahead. It's been end-to-end stuff with both goalkeepers making impressive saves, Murray Davidson scoring a corking header and man-in-the-spotlight, Richard Brittain, tucking away a penalty.

  28. 1649: 

    Ivan Sproule, who has been quiet so far, has a pop from 18 yards with a lovely shot with the outside of his right boot that is tipped away by Alan Mannus at full-stretch. A fantastic save from the Saints custodian.

  29. 1646: 

    County defender Andre Hainault goes close with a header from a corner but the Canadian's effort is just too high.

  30. 1643: 

    County keeper Michael Fraser makes another flying save to beat away a side-foot shot from Mehdi Abeid.


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  32. 1637: 

    Ian Vigurs lines up a free-kick and Chris Millar is about five metres away when it cannons off his head. The St Johnstone player is cautioned for breaking out of the defensive wall and the re-take sails high over the crossbar.

  33. 1635: 

    Rowan Vine flashes a shot narrowly wide after a dreadful Mehdi Abeid corner is cleared into his path. St Johnstone are on top in a very lively game.

  34. 1631: 
    GOAL- St Johnstone 2-1 Ross County (Davidson)

    Mehdi Abeid curls a free-kick into the danger zone and Murray Davidson rises impressively to power in a wonderful header from 15 yards.

  35. 1629: 

    Saints' Dave Mackay strides out of defence and thunders in a shot that Marcus Fraser pushes away in acrobatic style.

  36. 1628: 
    Joe Ledley goes all Jonny Rambo during the Celtic title celebrations Joe Ledley goes all Jonny Rambo during the earlier Celtic title celebrations
  37. 1623: 

    Richard Brittain celebrated that goal with some gusto which will do nothing to endear him to the Saints fans, who are already angry about the midfielder's attempts to get out of a pre-contract agreement to join the Perth club in the summer.

  38. 1621: 
    GOAL- St Johnstone 1-1 Ross County (Brittain)

    Cool as a cucumber, Richard Brittain slots the ball in the corner as Alan Mannus dives the right way.

  39. 1620: 

    Iain Vigurs crumbles in the box under pressure from Chris Millar after Alan Mannus spills another shot from Iain Vigurs. Up steps Richard Brittain...

  40. 1619: 

    Saints keeper Alan Mannus makes a good diving save to keep out a piledriver from Iain Vigurs, who had gathered an errant pass from Gregory Tade to break forward.

  41. 1616: 

    County keeper Michael Fraser needs to claw away a header from Gregory Tade right underneath the crossbar after a dinked free-kick from Mehdi Abeid.

  42. 1612: 
    GOAL- St Johnstone 1-0 Ross County

    Gregory Tade heads on a long punt forward and Steven MacLean races in behind the static Ross County defence to apply another header and the ball sails over stranded keeper Michael Fraser.

  43. 1610: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson at McDiarmid Park

    "It's certainly been safety first in the early stages, with a lot of high balls being shelled forward. Defenders will need to be careful because I've never played on a firmer pitch. The bounce is sometimes incredible."

  44. 1605: 

    A peep of the whistle from referee Willie Collum and we're off in Perth.

  45. 1600: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit John Robertson at McDiarmid Park

    "Both teams have really got to go for it. There is nothing to be gained by a draw for either club."

  46. 1555: 

    Just in case you missed it, Celtic have wrapped up the title with a thumping 4-1 win over Inverness CT.

    It's a 44th top-flight success for the club.

    So, how did Celtic handle the different pressure of a championship race without Rangers? You can read all about it in Thomas McGuigan's interview with former goalkeeper Pat Bonner.

  47. 1550: 

    Just one point point separates St Johnstone and Ross County in fourth and fifth in the SPL. They will need to go some to catch Motherwell and Inverness CT who occupy the European places above them.

  48. 1545: 

    Canadian defender Andre Hainault makes his first Ross County start in place of the suspended Scott Boyd, while St Johnstone have left-back Tam Scobbie in for Callum Davidson in an attack-minded team.

  49. 1540: 

    If you can't get along to McDiarmid Park today, the match is being broadcast live on BBC ALBA. It will give you a chance to brush up on your Gaelic too...

  50. 1535: 
    More from Celtic striker Gary Hooper

    "The main thing is celebrating this first and then the final on 26 May and win that and do the double.

    "We've got a great squad, we've played really well and it showed in the Champions League and it showed today that we're really good at home and we can beat anyone."

  51. 1533: 
    "We'll see won't we?" is all Gary Hooper would say when asked if he would be at Celtic next season. "We'll see won't we?" is all Gary Hooper would say when asked if he would be at Celtic next season.
  52. 1527: 

    So, Ross County manager Derek Adams includes Richard Brittain who has made the headlines this week by saying he wants to cancel his pre-contract move to St Johnstone.

    What kind of reception will the midfielder get from the home fans?

  53. 1525: 

    St Johnstone: Mannus, MacKay, Wright, Anderson, Millar, M.Davidson, Tade, Maclean, Abeid, Vine, Scobbie. Substitutes: Tuffey, Cregg, Hasselbaink, Edwards, Doughty, Miller, Kane.

    Ross County: Fraser, Munro, Lawson, Brittain, Vigurs, Quinn, Sproule, Ikonomou, Kovakevic, Hainault, Wohlfarth. Substitutes: Gallacher, Micic, Kettlewell, Scott, Cooper, MacPhee, Ross.


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  55. 1521: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

    "For me, Kris Commons was the top man. Every time he got on the ball he looked like cutting Inverness open."

  56. 1517: 
    Former Celtic star Murdo MacLeod on BBC Radio Scotland

    "What a turnaround in the second half from Celtic. All the players who have done well this season, Commons, Hooper, Ledley and Samaras really clicked and that strike for the fourth goal was just wonderful from Samaras."

  57. 1511: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod

    "It's amazing when you think of Aberdeen, Dundee United, Hibs and Hearts, teams we were tipping to be second at the start of the season, yet Inverness have been unbeaten against them all season."

    Inverness remain third in the table, five points clear of St Johnstone.

  58. 1508: 

    There is another SPL match today, with St Johnstone taking on Ross County in Perth. That one kicks off at 16:05.

  59. 1505: 

    You'll be able to see highlights of Celtic's 4-1 win on Sportscene, which is on BBC One Scotland at 22:25. The action will be online at around the same time.

  60. 1502: 
    Celtic manager Neil Lennon on BBC Radio Scotland

    "This is my eight title I've been involved in, but to do it back-to-back as manager is very special.

    "Sometimes the players don't get the credit they deserve. It's sometimes overlooked how young this team is, there's no veterans.

    "We'll lose a few over the summer I'm sure, so we'll need to bring a few in."

  61. 1458: 

    Celtic midfielder Kris Commons on manager Neil Lennon: "Some people are born natural leaders. He showed that as a captain on the pitch, and he's showed it now. He's a real gentlemen, a pleasure to work with. I owe a lot to Neil, he's been terrific this year."

  62. 1456: 
    More from Celtic boss Neil Lennon

    "It's another memorable day in the history of what I believe is the greatest club in the world.

    "We've had a wonderful European campaign, and we've regained our title. The future looks good as well. We have a young, vibrant team who are hungry for success.

    "I pay tribute to the guys up there in the corner, the Green Brigade. You've brought so much colour, so much fun, so much pride.

    "I think it was pretty significant today that the three goalscorers were Gary Hooper, Georgios Samaras and Joe Ledley, three guys who have made a huge impact since I've been here."

  63. 1454: 
    Celtic manager Neil Lennon addressing the crowd

    "I'm the happiest man in the country today.

    "It was a brilliant performance. A great way to win the title."

  64. 1451: 

    The 15 minutes have passed and Neil Lennon comes running out of the tunnel in a very smart suit. That's the biggest cheer of the day!


    Celtic manager Neil Lennon on Twitter: "BOOOOOOOOOOM....fantastic feeling..thank you for all your support...players and fans were magnificent today..."


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  67. 1446: 

    The scarves are aloft in the stadium for a burst of You'll Never Walk Alone as the league-winning team pose for a team picture.

  68. 1444: 

    The crowd go bananas as the Celtic team appear again. There will be no trophy on show though. That will come another week at Celtic Park.

  69. 1440: 

    The Celtic players will back out to take a bow soon. No doubt there will be special T-shirts and a few kids on display.

  70. 1438: 

    The Celtic players enjoy a few quick cuddles and wave to the crowd before trotting down the tunnel. The stadium scoreboards are counting down from 15 minutes, which is when manager Neil Lennon is allowed on to the pitch under the terms of his touchline ban.

  71. 1436: 
    FULL-TIME- Celtic 4-1 Inverness

    Let the party begin. Celtic are Scottish Premier League champions with four games to spare.

  72. 1435: 
    GOAL- Celtic 4-1 Inverness (Doran)

    The visitors grab a consolation strike as Richie Foran slides a pass through to Aaron Doran and the midfielder pokes a shot past Fraser Forster and into the bottom corner of the net.

  73. 1432: 
    GOAL- Celtic 4-0 Inverness (Samaras)

    Owain Tudur Jones is caught dithering and Georgios Samaras strides in from the left and twists one way and then the other before lashing in an unstoppable shot from the tightest of angles that goes in off the underside of the crossbar.

  74. 1428: 

    Celtic winger Paddy McCourt makes a rare appearance for the last few minutes, with Mikael Lustig getting a breather. Can the twinkle-toed sub conjure up some magic?

  75. 1424: 

    Inverness defender Danny Devine is cautioned for a late tackle as the Celtic fans indulge in a bit of backwards bouncing, Poznan-style.

  76. 1422: 

    An awkward clearance from Efe Ambrose flashes narrowly wide of his own goal as Victor Wanyama picks up a yellow card for catching Ross Draper on the toes with his studs.


    Former BBC Scotland commentator David Begg on Twitter: "Congratulations to Celtic on another SPL title. Wonder how many in a row they will rack up this time! #nineinarow under threat"


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  78. 1419: 

    Inverness go close as Ross Draper rises above Emilio Izaguirre at the back post but heads wide. Celtic race up the park and an long-range drive from Kris Commons is deflected wide by team-mate Georgios Samaras.

  79. 1416: 
    GOAL- Celtic 3-0 Inverness (Hooper)

    Celtic are motoring now as Kris Commons beats his man to flash a low delivery in from the left and Gary Hooper executes a wonderful flick at the near post for his second goal of the day.

  80. 1412: 

    Georgios Samaras gets a good reception from the home fans as a few firecrackers go off in the stadium. Anthony Stokes is the man to make way.

  81. 1410: 
    GOAL- Celtic 2-0 Inverness (Ledley)

    The strains of "champ-eeonees" go up around Celtic Park as Mikael Lustig drills a low cross into the penalty area for Joe Ledley to gather and thump into the corner of the net from near the penalty spot.

    That looked suspiciously like a toe-bash from the Welshman. They didn't count at my school...

  82. 1409: 

    Graeme Shinnie lines up a free kick from 30 yards and it clips someone in the defensive wall on its way out for a corner. From the following set-piece, Ross Draper is not far away from making contact right in front of goal. A decent response from the visitors...

  83. 1407: 

    Inverness bring on Charlie Taylor for Andrew Shinnie, who has had a quite afternoon.

  84. 1404: 
    GOAL- Celtic 1-0 Inverness (Hooper)

    Kris Commons gathers a pass from Joe Ledley and glides forward to slip the ball through for Gary Hooper, who takes a touch before slotting an angled shot into the far corner from the left edge of the six yard box.

    That's 27 goals in all competitions for the English striker.

  85. 1400: 

    Celtic should be ahead. Kris Commons delivers the perfect corner for Efe Ambrose to meet unopposed six yards out but the big defender somehow heads the ball into his own shoulder and it goes over the top.

  86. 1359: 

    Kris Commons is crowded out as he tries to weave a path toward goal. The loose ball falls to Gary Hooper but the Celtic striker's first-time shot flies high over the target.

  87. 1357: 

    One or two groans of frustration coming from the home fans now. This is not the warm-up for the party they anticipated.

  88. 1354: 

    Inverness are also forced into a change, with Danny Devine on to replace Gary Warren, who had an impressive first-half in defence.

  89. 1353: 

    Not much evidence of an increased tempo as a speculative shot from Kris Commons takes a deflection on it's way through to Antonio Reguero.

  90. 1349: 

    Inverness get the second-half started at Celtic Park. The sun has broken through. Will we see some brighter play after a dull 45 minutes?

  91. 1348: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod

    "Inverness are not looking great in the final third, but everywhere else they are comfortable, their game plan so far has been perfect."

  92. 1345: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

    "Celtic are going to have to realise the difference between being patient and moving it quick. When they've done it three or four times they've had their best moments."


    Tom Watson: "Will Lenny be allowed to swear at his players at halftime, in the privacy of the dressing room? He needs to. #bbcsportscot"

  94. 1342: 

    It looks like winger James Forrest is the man making way after picking up a knock.

  95. 1340: 

    Emilio Izaguirre has been called away from his half-time warm-up, so we might well see the Celtic left-back in the second half.

  96. 1333: 
    HALF-TIME- Celtic 0-0 Inverness CT
    Inverness have done a good job of containing Celtic's forward players Inverness have done a good job of containing Celtic's forward players

    It's been a pretty forgettable 45 minutes but a point would be enough to get Celtic over the line in the title race.

  97. 1332: 

    Inverness defender Josh Meekings makes a great sliding challenge to thwart Gary Hooper as the striker attempts to break into the box from a central position.

  98. 1330: 

    A slack pass from Ross Draper allows Anthony Stokes to race into the penalty area from the left but his angled strike flashes wide of the far post.

  99. 1325: 

    Inverness midfielder Owain Tudor Jones gets a touch on a corner at the front post and his flick is diverted wide from Gary Warren in a congested penalty area.

  100. 1323: 
    Former Celtic star Murdo MacLeod on BBC Radio Scotland

    "Inverness are taking the sting out of the game, trying to slow things down, but they need to keep better possession."

  101. 1320: 

    Anthony Stokes prods the ball in after rounding Antonio Reguero but the linesman's flag was fluttering as soon as he gathered a neat flick from Gary Hooper. A very tight decision. He looked in line with the last defender.

  102. 1319: 

    Celtic winger James Forrest flashes in a dangerous cross from the right but Gary Warren clears with a good header.

  103. 1317: 

    With Anthony Stokes and Gary Hooper up front, Kris Commons is not playing in the central role where he has been doing so much damage from of late and Celtic are perhaps less menacing as a result.

  104. 1314: 

    David Raven is short with a back-pass following a hospital ball out from Antonio Reguero. Anthony Stokes hares after it but the Spanish keeper is swiftly out to hack clear and atone for his mistake.

  105. 1310: 

    Gary Hooper races on to a lofted pass from Victor Wanyama and lifts the ball over advancing keeper Antonio Reguero but Inverness defender Gary Warren is back to make a clearing header in front of an empty net.

  106. 1309: 

    It's all a bit flat at the moment, with Inverness doing a good job of containing the home side.

  107. 1306: 

    With 19 minutes gone, the home support burst into sustained applause for former favourite Stan Petrov. The Aston Villa midfielder is in remission following treatment for leukaemia.

  108. 1305: 

    Celtic keeper Fraser Forster punches away a corner kick from Aaron Doran and it sends James Forrest scampering into the visitors' half but the winger takes a clumsy touch as he nears the penalty area.

  109. 1302: 

    Inverness make a mess of clearing a cross from Mikael Lustig and the ball drops perfectly for Victor Wanyama near the penalty spot but the big midfielder cannot get his looping header on target.

  110. 1300: 

    Anthony Stokes gets his head on to a Kris Commons corner but is facing away from goal and the ball skies off the back off his napper.

  111. 1259: 

    Inverness normally play with four players very high up the pitch but striker Billy MacKay has been pretty isolated so far.

  112. 1257: 

    Kris Commons swings over a cross from the right that has Inverness keeper Antonio Reguero scrambling but there is no player in green and white to take advantage at the back post.

  113. 1255: 

    Of course, the visitors can always take inspiration from their first ever journey to Parkhead in February 2000, which ended in a shock 3-1 victory in the Scottish Cup that yielded the never-trumped newspaper headline: Super Caley Go Ballisitc, Celtic Are Atrocious.

    And visiting manager Terry Butcher is no stranger to spoiling the party for Celtic. He did so in a major way when he was Motherwell boss on the famous "helicopter Sunday" in 2005 when a Scott McDonald at Fir Park double snatched the trophy away from the green and white hoops.

  114. 1253: 

    Inverness top scorer Billy McKay scampers in behind the Celtic defence but the imposing Efe Ambrose is quick to close down the striker at the expense of a corner, which comes to nothing.

  115. 1250: 

    Celtic captain for the day Joe Ledley takes a tumble near the edge of the penalty box but referee Kevin Clancy simply shakes his head and waves play on.

  116. 1248: 

    Celtic boss Neil Lennon is already on the phone to the dugout; unless he's ordering a pizza. The hosts have made a bright start, with striker Gary Hooper getting a couple of early touches.

  117. 1246: 

    Celtic get the game started.

  118. 1244: 

    For those saying the SPL has not been competitive this season, it remains the only division in Scotland not yet settled after Partick Thistle clinched the Division One title yesterday.

  119. 1242: 

    Celtic boss Neil Lennon said he was using the versatile Charlie Mulgrew at left-back today to combat the high balls Inverness aim at that area. That sees Emilio Izaguirre drop to the bench.

  120. 1240: 

    It's great to see Chris Hogg on the away bench. The defender has not played since December 2011 but has finally recovered from a serious cruciate ligament injury.

  121. 1238: 

    Celtic: Forster, Lustig, Ambrose, Wilson, Mulgrew, Forrest, Wanyama, Ledley, Commons, Hooper, Stokes. Subs: Zaluska, Izaguirre, Samaras, Rogic, McCourt, Watt, Kayal.

    Inverness CT: Reguero, Raven, Warren, Meekings, Graeme Shinnie, Tudur Jones, Draper, Doran, Foran, Andrew Shinnie, McKay. Subs: Mathieson, Hogg, Ross, Sutherland, Polworth, Devine, Taylor.

    Referee: Kevin Clancy


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  123. 1234: 

    The BBC Radio Scotland team are discussing player of the year candidates. Murdo MacLeod is making a strong case for Hibs striker Leigh Griffiths and Chick Young is talking up St Mirren's Stevie Thompson.

    What do you think? It's usually a player from the champions. Kris Commons has been outstanding in the last few months.


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  124. 1230: 

    And Inverness CT have caused problems for Celtic before. Indeed, Terry Butcher's men won on their last visit to the east end of Glasgow, with Billy McKay knocking in the only goal of the game in November.

    However, that was the first time ICT had won a league match at Celtic Park in 11 attempts and Celtic have picked up maximum points on both of their visits to the Highland capital this season.

  125. 1228: 

    It's not all been plain sailing for Celtic, who have lost six and drawn six this term and are fated to secure their lowest points tally in three full seasons under Lennon.

  126. 1225: 
    Former Celtic midfielder Murdo MacLeod on BBC Radio Scotland

    "Inverness will take this in their stride. I expect Celtic to win the game but it won't be easy. The visitors will play their part."


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  128. 1219: 

    It's worth noting that Inverness CT have eight players in their match-day squad that are aged 21 and under.

  129. 1217: 
    More from Inverness CT boss Terry Butcher

    "We're delighted to be here - we've worked hard, us and Ross County. We've had to prepare differently for this one, we normally come down on the day, but we came down overnight. It's exciting and it's great for the players. We've got a lead compared to the others in the top six, and we want to maintain that. We've come here before and won - we've done well down here - we're looking forward to it."

  130. 1215: 
    Inverness CT manager Terry Butcher on BBC Radio Scotland

    On Neil Lennon's touchline ban, that was triggered by the use of "offensive language" in the technical area.

    "He can't report me, because he's not in the dugout - but he'll have his spies here! But what are we coming to, it's a Big Brother state. I'll try to keep my tongue in my cheek and get on with it."

  131. 1213: 

    Celtic striker Anthony Stokes returns to the starting line-up after his extra-time winner in the Scottish Cup semi-final win over Dundee United and Charlie Mulgrew switches to left-back.

    Joe Ledley captains the home side in the continued absence of Scott Brown.

  132. 1212: 

    Under the terms of his touchline ban, manager Neil Lennon will not be allowed to join in any on-pitch celebrations until 15 minutes after the final whistle.

  133. 1210: 
    More from Neil Lennon on BBC Radio Scotland

    "It's been a brilliant season. The icing on the cake was getting to the cup final - which has given us a lot of momentum going into the end of the season. I'm delighted with the way the season has gone."

  134. 1208: 
    Celtic boss Neil Lennon on BBC Radio Scotland

    "Inverness are going to come here to win, they have second place in their sights. I've emphasised to the players we've got to play - if we're going to win the title today, we've got to do it with a bit of style. Our objective is to entertain the supporters, because they'll be here in their droves."

  135. 1207: 

    It's a horrible wet day in Glasgow, so maybe Neil Lennon won't be too upset at serving the first of his three-match touchline ban.

    He's not allowed to do a trackside interview before the game but we recorded something earlier...

  136. 1204: 

    "Whenever it comes it is just a memorable occasion and I want the players to take it all in," said Celtic manager Neil Lennon. "They may never get the chance to win the championship again. People will say it's been easier this year without Rangers but it's never easy."

    Lennon experienced that particular winning feeling on five occasions as a Celtic player and is closing in on his second success as manager.

  137. 1202: 

    Celtic are at home to Inverness Caledonian Thistle and need to avoid defeat to get the party started. Later on, St Johnstone host Ross County as the jostling for European places hots up.

  138. 1200: 

    Good afternoon and welcome to our Scottish Premier League coverage.

    Celtic are aiming to wrap up a second successive championship, which will be a 44th top-flight success for the club.

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21 Apr 2013 23:59 UK

Scottish Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 21 Apr 2013 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Celtic 34 51 72
2 Motherwell 34 15 57
3 Inverness CT 34 6 51
4 St Johnstone 34 1 47
5 Ross County 34 -1 46
6 Dundee Utd 34 -6 44
7 Kilmarnock 34 3 42
8 Aberdeen 33 -3 41
9 Hibernian 33 -7 40
10 Hearts 34 -10 40
11 St Mirren 34 -12 36
12 Dundee 34 -37 26