Sunday 22 September 2019

Video: Highlight's of Celtic's victory over Inverness as Anthony Stokes apologises for Twitter rant

Leigh Griffiths celebrates after scoring the second goal for Celtic
Leigh Griffiths celebrates after scoring the second goal for Celtic

Joe McHugh

After Anthony Stokes' pre-match twitter storm Celtic got down to business with a 3-1 win away to Inverness Caley Thistle.

Those three words will always strike fear into the mind of Celtic supporters as they recall three painful Scottish Cup defeats but just as their side are found wanting in Europe they remain almost untouchable domestically.

With Scott Brown and Kris Commons absent the home side had the ideal chance to take something from the game with the lunchtime kick-off coming less than three days after Celtic's 2-1 home defeat from Ajax.

Seven minutes into the game Callum McGregor, making his second start of the season, raced from just inside his own half to place a 25 yard shot low into the Inverness net.

Miles Storey opened up the Celtic defence to level six minutes before half time but Leigh Griffiths restored Celtic's lead just before the hour mark before a freak goal involving Carlton Cole sealing the points with five minutes left to play.

Twelve months ago Griffiths was almost as far out the picture as Stokes with John Guidetti the pin up of the supporters and having the manager's eye.

Griffiths had a storming second half to last season with yesterday's strike, his 19th of the season, delighting his manager.

"Leigh is always 100 per cent in his attitude in training,” Deila said, in what could be viewed as an indirect reference to Stokes. “Every day. His attitude to being a professional footballer is perfect.

"He loves playing football, he loves running, he loves scoring goals. He is also getting smarter and watching what he eats, how he lives outside the pitch as well.

"It is great to have a striker like that. He has scored so many goals for us, even in Europe, and different goals as well.

"He can get a goal from nothing and that gives everyone so much confidence."

Celtic have a rare week off to refelect on their seven point lead over Aberdeen before Saturday's visit from Hamilton Accies.

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