Scottish Premiership
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By Jim SpenceBBC Scotland at Celtic Park

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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Celtic 5, Inverness CT 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Celtic 5, Inverness CT 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Celtic. Stefan Johansen replaces Scott Brown.

  8. 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.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Ryan Christie replaces Billy McKay.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Celtic. Darnell Fisher replaces Adam Matthews.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. 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.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Dean Brill.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

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

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