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Byline: Compiled by Euan McArthur

INVERNESS

Ryan Esson 6

Expected a much busier afternoon but rarely tested by Celtic attack.

Ross Tokely 7

Shackled McGeady well and still found time to go on the counter attack.

Lionel Djebi-Zadi 6

Put his head in where it hurts and was not afraid to gee up those around him.

Grant Munro 6

Skipper stuck to his task to keep tight reins on Samaras and the Greek striker was eventually subbed.

Pavels Mihadjuks 7

Latvian stopper looks shrewd signing with yet another dominant display.

David Proctor 6

Recalled to the midfield and did a fine job subduing the threat of opposite number Brown.

Ian Black 7

Hearts-bound midfielder showed he is still up for keeping Caley in the SPL.

Russell Duncan 6

Happy to do the dirty work and let others go and express themselves.

Richie Foran 6

New boy did well to last for so long given his lack of match practice.

Andy Barrowman 5

No surprise when he was eventually hooked in favour of Rooney.

Dougie Imrie 7

Home side's most inventive player, he was a constant threat.

Subs: Adam Rooney - worked his socks off as ever in a bid to make the breakthrough, 3. Iain Vigurs - played the last 15 minutes and looked eager to make the difference, 3. Eric Ovhiambo - sent on too late, 1.

CELTIC

Artur Boruc 6

Did well to save Rooney's late looping header but pretty quiet apart from that.

Andreas Hinkel 6

Took no prisoners but final ball when in an attacking area let him down.

Lee Naylor 6

Never given the space to surge forward to supply trademark crosses.

Gary Caldwell 6

Didn't manage to spray his usual diagonal passes out of defence.

Stephen McManus 6

Back after overcoming a knee injury, the captain hardly put a foot wrong.

Scott Brown 7

Impressive energy levels showed no signs of dwindling even at the end.

Barry Robson 6

Keen to shine against his former club but it wasn't to be.

Shunsuke Nakamura 6

Showed some nice touches to begin with without ever dominating.

Aiden McGeady 6

The visitors could have done with a bit more of his magic.

Georgios Samaras 5

Taken off just minutes after the break after failing to make any real impact.

Scott McDonald 5

Became just as frustrated as Samaras as he laboured without reward.

Subs: Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink - tried to conjure up elusive winner, 3. Marc Crosas - never looked like tipping balance in Celtic's favour, 2. Cillian Sheridan - on at the death, 1.

Referee: C Richmond.
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Date:Feb 2, 2009
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