Scottish Premiership
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Celtic 5-0 Inverness CT

  • Champions Celtic end season 17 points clear at top
  • Stefan Scepovic scores double on rare start
  • Leigh Griffiths nets his 20th goal of the season

Stefan Scepovic scored twice as Celtic ended their fourth consecutive season as champions with a comfortable win over Inverness Caley Thistle.

Serbian striker Scepovic put the champions in front and Stefan Johansen scored from Emilio Izaguirre's cross.

Scepovic added his second from six yards on 70 minutes following good work from James Forrest.

Leigh Griffiths and Kris Commons came off the bench to score with impressive strikes.

The hosts finished 17 points clear at the top and another clean sheet means Ronny Deila's Celtic side have conceded only 17 league goals all season.

Visiting manager John Hughes was happy to finish the game with no new injuries to his players from a match he said his Scottish Cup final side could have done without.

Every early pass was greeted with cheers of approval, with forgotten man Scepovic getting the party atmosphere going after just five minutes.

Making his eighth start after a £2.3m move last summer, the striker turned the ball in for his fifth goal of a frustrating season.

Carl Tremarco cleared a powerful shot from Virgil van Dijk off the line, with a much-changed Caley Thistle side under plenty of pressure.

Before 20 minutes had elapsed, Scotland's Player of the year Johansen doubled Celtic's advantage.

Izaguire ran down the left and sent over a perfectly-judged cross for Johansen, who swept a shot past Ryan Esson from 10 yards.

With their big day at Hampden to come next Saturday, the visitors were, perhaps understandably, a little tackle-shy and the game started to take on the look of an exhibition.

Leigh Griffiths scored his 20th goal of the season
Leigh Griffiths scored his 20th goal of the season after coming off the bench

But it came back to life momentarily with a reminder of the 'Meekings-gate' controversy.

This time it was Danny Williams who handled in the box to stop a Van Dijk header. Celtic players and fans howled for a penalty but, just like the Josh Meekings handball in the Scottish Cup semi final, the offence was missed by the officials.

Inverness played with a little more belief at the start of the second half but Stuart Armstrong should have put the game beyond reach after Forrest found him inside the box.

But, instead of bursting the net from eight yards, the former Dundee United midfielder fired the ball high over the crossbar.

With 20 minutes remaining Scepovic was at it again, with his second of the match.

Again, Forrest played a key role as he dipped his shoulders to skip past two defenders before sending a tantalising ball across the six-yard line which the Serb side-footed past Esson.

The club's top scorer Griffiths scored his 20th goal of the season just moments after replacing Scepovic - beating the offside trap to sprint forward and expertly fire the ball into the corner.

Commons added Celtic's fifth in the final minute, firing in a powerful shot, and that was the cue for a massive huddle in the Celtic Park stands as the raucous celebrations went up a gear before the trophy presentation.

Line-ups

Celtic

  • 26Gordon
  • 2MatthewsSubstituted forMulgrewat 68'minutes
  • 22Denayer
  • 5van Dijk
  • 3IzaguirreBooked at 60mins
  • 6Bitton
  • 8Brown
  • 14ArmstrongSubstituted forCommonsat 68'minutes
  • 25JohansenBooked at 66mins
  • 49Forrest
  • 12ScepovicSubstituted forGriffithsat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Ambrose
  • 10Stokes
  • 15Commons
  • 16Mackay-Steven
  • 21Mulgrew
  • 24Zaluska
  • 28Griffiths

Inverness CT

  • 1EssonSubstituted forMackayat 73'minutes
  • 17Horner
  • 5Warren
  • 4Vincent
  • 18Tremarco
  • 11Ross
  • 14Devine
  • 19Williams
  • 20Polworth
  • 25KinkSubstituted forSutherlandat 76'minutes
  • 22ChristieSubstituted forDoranat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Doran
  • 15Watkins
  • 31Mackay
  • 34Brown
  • 37Sutherland
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
55,638

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home9
Away3
Shots on Target
Home5
Away0
Corners
Home5
Away0
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Celtic 5, Inverness CT 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celtic 5, Inverness CT 0.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 5, Inverness CT 0. Kris Commons (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Emilio Izaguirre.

Foul by Leigh Griffiths (Celtic).

Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Nir Bitton (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 4, Inverness CT 0. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kris Commons.

Foul by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Leigh Griffiths replaces Stefan Scepovic.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Alisdair Sutherland replaces Tarmo Kink.

Attempt missed. Nick Ross (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Cameron Mackay replaces Ryan Esson.

Foul by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).

Nick Ross (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

James Forrest (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lewis Horner (Inverness CT).

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 3, Inverness CT 0. Stefan Scepovic (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Forrest.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Charlie Mulgrew replaces Adam Matthews.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Kris Commons replaces Stuart Armstrong.

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

Foul by Tarmo Kink (Inverness CT).

Booking

Stefan Johansen (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Stefan Johansen (Celtic).

Lewis Horner (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Aaron Doran replaces Ryan Christie.

Booking

Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).

Ryan Christie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Stefan Scepovic (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).

Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Christie (Inverness CT).

James Forrest (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nick Ross (Inverness CT).

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

Adam Matthews (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nick Ross (Inverness CT).

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic38295484176792
2Aberdeen38236957332475
3Inverness CT381981152421065
4St Johnstone38169133434057
5Dundee Utd38175165856256
6Dundee381112154657-1145
7Hamilton38158155053-353
8Partick Thistle381210164844446
9Ross County38128184663-1744
10Kilmarnock38118194459-1541
11Motherwell38106223863-2536
12St Mirren3893263066-3630
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