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Monday 5 December 2016

Bhoys must keep it clean

Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers

Celtic will work on becoming a team that can grind out results after their late setback in the Highlands, according to assistant manager Chris Davies.

The Hoops hit the frame of the goal three times on Sunday as they looked for a third goal to finish off an Inverness team who were inspired by goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams.

But Alex Fisher headed an injury-time equaliser to seal a 2-2 draw and end Celtic's 100 per cent record in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

Celtic have not kept a clean sheet in the league under Brendan Rodgers and have only had two shutouts in 13 matches in all competitions, against Lincoln Red Imps and Motherwell.

And Davies admits they should not necessarily have to score two or three goals to win a game.

"We have scored a lot of goals," he said. "Fon Williams had a really good game and you can't always score all your chances. Of course you want to be clinical but we scored two goals.

"We want to be a team that wins by one goal, and of course we can do that. If we are not quite finishing the chances and the goalkeeper is having a special day, then we are resilient at the other end and we make sure we win the game by one goal.

"The goal was second phase from a corner, you have to make sure your organisation is good from the initial corner and the second phase and we have to make sure that doesn't happen."

Celtic have announced a £500,000 pre-tax profit for the year up to June 30.

The Parkhead outfit say increased income from player sales are largely the reason for the improved figures, which are compared to losses of almost £4million for the previous 12 months.

The Hoops banked almost £12million after selling defender Virgil van Dijk to Southampton, while the transfers of Teemu Pukki to Brondby and Adam Matthews to Sunderland also generated cash for their coffers.

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