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Celtic won an exhilarating encounter at home today and maintained their seven point lead at the top of the SPL despite squandering a two goal lead. The atmosphere inside the staduim was electric before kick-off as the crowd were eager to see Roy Keane make his home debut. As the Irishman entered the field he was greated by a giant card display in the Lisbon Lions Stand of an Irish flag. It was a great gesture and one I'm sure Keane appreciated.

Strachan made a few changes in personel as Celtic aimed to recover from the embarrassing Scottish Cup exit to Clyde last week. It meant that Roy Keane was given his home debut in a defensive role following Du Wei's dissapointing debut. Pearson also missed out as Petrov returned following a hamstring problem. Maloney was moved to the left side of midfield and Zurawski was given his first start in a couple of months following injury.

These changes had an instant impact as Celtic opened the scoring after only three minutes. The Japanese...
Celtic came from two behind to win a thrilling encounter at Tynecastle, and move seven points clear at the top of the SPL table. In the best game of the season so far, two late goals from Stephen McManus completed a fantastic comeback against a Hearts team that finished the match with ten men.

It was Celtic who created and missed the first chance of this exilirating encounter. Alan Thompson who replaced Aiden McGeady in midfield, brilliantly found Petrov unmarked at the back post with a pinpoint cross following a piece of individual brilliance on the wing. However, quite amazingly the Bulgarian captain powered his header just over from just five yards when it looked easier to score.

Hearts made Celtic pay for that great chance immediately. 18-year-old Calum Elliot, again deputising for the injured Roman Bednar up front rolled Balde and sent Hartley clear. And the Scotland midfielder's low pass across the face of goal was unfortunately bundled into the net by the helpless...
Celtic maintained their four point lead at the top of SPL after winning a needlessly tense match at home to struggling Livingston. A late winner by Shunsuke Nakamura prevented the Bhoys from dropping more points at Celtic Park to one of the bottom sides in the table. The victory stretches Celtic's lead over third placed Hibs to eleven points and opens up a massive seventeen point gap to fifth placed Rangers.

There was a delay of approximately 45 minutes due to a power failure around Celtic Park which left the freezing crowd a bit flat. Many fans were unable to enter the arena until the problem had been rectified. However, the mood inside the staduim was lifted when new signing Roy Keane made an appearance on the pitch minutes before kick-off. The Irishman was given a great reception and the Celtic faithful can't wait to see Keane makes his first appearance in the hoops against Clyde in the Scottish Cup in January.

Celtic started brightly and were left frustrated after strong...
Celtic increased their lead to four points at the top of the SPL despite only managing a draw at Inverness. On a wet and windy afternoon, Celtic came from behind to get a point but their performance on the day was largely dissapointing. ICT have now taken points from every team in the SPL including taking points from Ibrox and Tynecastle so this result should not be taken out of context.

Inverness had he perfect start as they caught the Celtic defence napping by snatching the lead after only 31 seconds. Player manager Craig Brewster flicked on Ross Tokely's long throw and Craig Dargo was allowed to swivel and fire the ball in off the far post, giving Boruc absolutley no chance. Dargo did not catch his shot cleanly but the player certainly wasn't complaining as he celebrated his seventh goal of the season.

Celtic did not look comfortable in defence and were fortunate that Stephen McManus was only booked when he hauled down Dargo as the striker charged towards goal. Many...
Celtic showed great courage and fighting spirit to come from behind at Pittodrie to return to the top of the SPL table. On a miserable day in Aberdeen, Gordon Strachan would have been thrilled of the way his team responded after conceeding the first goal against his former club. The victory, Celtic seventh consecutive away win of the season now opens up a monumental 17 point gap over arch-rivals Rangers.

Celtic manager Strachan made three changes from the side that lost to Dunfermline last weekend. The trio of Ross Wallace, Shunsuke Nakamura and Maciej Zurawski replaced the injured duo Mo Camara and Chris Sutton, while Alan Thompson was benched following his poor form. Aberdeen boss Jimmy Calderwood was also forced into making changes. He brought in Winter and Andrew Considine for Darren Mackie and Russell Anderson. His inspirational captain suffered a migraine in the dressing room prior to kick-off and so was late withdrawal.

Celtic enjoyed early dominance and Zurawski had the...