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Published: Fri, 30 Sep 2005 00:09:28 GMT

ROY Keane has stunned Manchester United by revealing he expects to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season, news that is likely to interest Celtic.
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A majestic display of "total football" saw Celtic demolish Livingston at Almondvale on Saturday. In a five star performance, Celtic's youngsters played a pivotal part in what was by far the best performance under the reign of Gordon Strachan.

The Celtic starting eleven, which included only two players from Seville in 2003 started the game in superb fashion as Celtic dominated proceedings right from the off. The impressive Shunsuke Nakamura was first to threaten Roddy McKenzie in the home goal. The Japanese playmaker fired in a fierce 25-yard shot which Livi 'keeper Roddy McKenzie managed to beat away well.

McKenzie then had to use an outstretched foot to stop a low shot from the in form Celtic striker Craig Beattie, who was keeping John Hartson on the bench. Full-back Paul Telfer was next to have an effort as he warmed McKenzie's hands with an impressive shot from distance.

Nakamura and Stilian Petrov then saw powerful strikes flash just wide of the target as Celtic continued to overrun the league strugglers. As Celtic forced their fifth corner of the match after 36 minutes it defied belief that the match was still scoreless. However, the Celtic fans didn't have to wait much longer for the opener. The influential Shaun Maloney who was a constant thread to Livingston produced a great delivery from the corner. The cross was flicked on by Sutton and took a slight deflection before reaching Stephen McManus who headed home from close range.

On the stroke of half-time, a marvellous one-touch move set up Maloney for the game's second goal. Petrov provided the final pass and the youngster took a touch before calmly steering the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the net. The two goal cushion that Celtic had at half-time was no more than the team deserved and in truth, it could have been a few more.

Celtic continued to impress after the break and after 51 minutes the ever improving Mo Camara provided an excellent cross for Zurawski to send a flashing...
Celtic won a vital three points with a battling display at home to ICT. On a day which seen Celtic fall behind for the second time in a week, the players shown great spirit to turn around the deficit in an inspirational sixteen minute spell.

Celtic started the game well as McManus and Maloney both went close early on as Celtic pressed forward. Beattie who retained his place in the team following the CIS Cup win in midweek also got behind the visitors' defence only to see his low strike deflected behind by the feet of the goalkeeper Brown. The Scotland striker headed down a Paul Telfer cross, but Brown did brilliantly to keep his effort out. Beattie again should have got on the score sheet when he was found unmarked in the box. However, he only managed to strike another effort straight at the goalkeeper.

Chris Sutton who started his second game in four days also went close to opening the scoring as Nakamura planted a cross on to his head but the inspired Brown kept the effort out.

McManus who had another fine game then sent a header, from a Maloney free-kick, off the crossbar as Celtic again came close.

And Celtic almost paid the price for those squandered opportunities when Wyness wriggled free in the area before unleashing a right-foot shot that Artur Boruc did well to push away. This was a fine save from the Polish star who was looking for his fourth consecutive clean sheet in the SPL.

However, six minutes after the break Celtic Park fell silent as Boruc was beaten. David Proctor flicked on a Tokely throw and Wyness nipped in ahead of his marker to coolly prod the ball under Boruc from just five yards out. Inverness then should have increased their lead moments later, when Wyness dummied the ball for Brewster, but the player-boss missed his shot from only sixteen yards.

It was relief all round Celtic Park as it was Celtic's turn to make Inverness pay for poor finishing after 57 minutes when Beattie equalised. The big striker slid the ball home...
Celtic moved into second place in the table with an important victory at Easter Road. The staduim was packed and expectations were high following recent wins at both Celtic Park and Ibrox. However Celtic's first attack on 5 minutes brought about a goal to silence the crowd. Hibs gave Shunsuke Nakamura far to much time on the the ball and he superbly found Petrov inside the Hibs box and the Bulgarian scored what proved to be the winning goal by sliding the ball under Malkowski in the Hibs goal.

Celtic were comfortably in control of the opening stages and almost doubled their lead after 25 minutes following a misjudgement by Hibs defender Murphy. Nakamura beared down on goal but his shot lacked the pace required to seriously trouble the goalkeeper.

For Hartson, it transpired to be one of those unaffective afternoons as though some of the big striker’s work outside of the box was decent enough, he was poor in the 18 yard box. His fortunes in front of goal were typified when he made a mess of an excellent chance by tamely passing the ball into the Hibs keeper’s midriff after being teed up by Petrov on 28 minutes.

The Hibs keeper again had to be alert to push the ball away from goal when Gary Caldwell took a fresh-air swipe at a Mo Camara cross, though Caldwell atoned for the error by blocking Zurawski's follow-up shot. Camara again worked his socks off for the cause as both him and Telfer often gave the midfield the option of the over-lap.

Artur Boruc has a spectator for most of the first half as Celtic bossed the game. He finally tasted a bit of action with 10 minutes of the first half remaining, but the shot by Dean Shiels from a tight angle was straight at him. The ever impressive Boruc made a fine save as he palmed away a deflected Steven Whittaker effort that was destined for the bottom corner as Hibs at last applied some pressure.

Ivan Sproule who took Rangers apart did not have such luck today as he was left frustrated when he felt he was fouled...
Celtic comfortably beat Aberdeen 2-0 on an emotional day at Celtic Park on Saturday. Expectation was high on a day that say a rousing minute of applause prior to kick-off proving a fitting way to mark the 20th anniversary of the great man’s passing.

Celtic broke the deadlock after only 13 minutes with a goal that brought back memories of the superb football that Celtic played under Stein. A beautiful ball by Balde was expertly controlled on the chest of Hartson into Zurawski's path. Fine interplay between the forwards saw Zurawski leashing a rocket of an angled right-foot shot that fizzed into the roof of the net from a distance of around 20 yards.

The goal was the least that Celtic deserved at this stage after Hartson was within inches of getting a telling head to Thompson's trademark free-kick in the sixth minute who was returning from suspension.

The first half was comfortable for Celtic, if not spectacular and the only effort of note in the remainder of the first half came from the less than prolific Celtic captain Neil Lennon who returned from suspension and sliced high and wide after an Alan Thompson corner had been half-cleared by the Aberdeen defence.

Celtic's goalkeeper Artur Boruc was a spectator in the first half and his ever growing confidence was emphaised when he felt compelled to relieve his boredom by skinning Stevie Crawford with a perfectly-executed Cruyff turn inside his own six-yard box. Boruc had talks with Celtic this week and everyone at Celtic Park would be delighted if he penned a long term contract at the club.

The ever impressive Petrov could have doubled Celtic's lead shortly after the interval. Hartson knocked Thompson's poor cross into his path but the midfielder failed to get the power he would have hoped for and his right-foot effort was comfortably saved by Esson.

Aberdeen finally brought out a save from Artur Boruc moments later but he dived to his right to save Byrne's effort, Boruc only real involvement in their...