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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...
Celtic have signed the Chinese star Du Wei from Shanghai Shenhua on a four year contract. The 6ft 4inch defender, has 12 international caps and skippers his national side.

The player was very impressive during a week-long trial earlier in August and at 22 years old, has all the attributes and potential to be a regular in the first team for years to come.

Celtic have an option to review his contract in January should he fail to adapt to life the SPL. The player speaks good English so communication should not be a problem.

A Celtic spokesperson said: “We’re delighted to have signed Du Wei on a four-year deal. Within the agreement, there is an option for the club to review it in January but, all going well, we look forward to Du Wei playing for the club over the next four years.”

Du Wei will wear the number 5 shirt.
Celtic finally hit top form under Gordon Strachan as we cruised to an easy 4-0 victory at a wet and windy East End Park.

The massive travelling support didn't have to wait long for Maciej Zurawski to score his first goal for the club after only five minutes - a fine drive past keeper Bryn Halliwell after excellent work on the wing.

John Hartson scored his seventh goal of the season after taking full advantage of a poor Halliwell clearance following a tricky back pass from Thomson to double the lead as he fired into an empty from just outside the box after just ten minutes.

Celtic threatened to run riot by almost adding a third in the early stages. After more good work from Zurawski on the wing, Nakamura's effort was straight at the keeper. He got good purchase on the ball and if his shot was either side of the keeper it was a certain goal.

Artur Boruc then came to Celtic's rescue by pulling off a superb save low down to his left hand side from Mark Burchill's penalty (25) after a clumsy Adam Virgo foul.

Boruc preserved Celtic's lead going into half-time with a good save from a Darren Young effort. Boruc held on to it well on the greasy surface.

After superb play from Beattie on the left wing, Hartson should have doubled his score tally shortly after half time but Halliwell saved well from close range.

As the game progressed Maciej Zurawski's confidence was growing and after a fantastic piece of skill on the wing that Ronaldinho would have been proud of he expertly picked out Shunsuke Nakamura (58) for his first Celtic goal. The Japanese star calmly tapped the ball into the corner of the net to kill off any hopes that Dumfermline may have had of taking anything from the game.

Maciej Zurawski capped off a brilliant individual display by scoring again with a neat finish from 12 yards (74) after Thomson failed to deal with a Hartson head flick to give Celtic a comfortable win.

There were a few scary moments at the back, with Boruc making...