19 Oct 2008

Celtic still on top

3:33 pm on 19 October 2008

Celtic have extended their lead at the top of the Scottish Premier football League after a hard-fought 2-1 victory away to Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

The Hoops' lead is now three points having played a game more than Old Firm rivals Rangers, whose game against Dundee United was postponed following the death of the Dundee club's chairman Eddie Thompson.

But Celtic manager Gordon Strachan is facing an injury nightmare ahead of his side's midweek Champions League clash with Manchester United.

Marc Crosas and Gary Caldwell both limped out of the Caledonian Thistle fixture with Caldwell requiring stitches to treat a gash to his ankle while Crosas was subbed late with a hamstring problem.

Strachan was already without Andreas Hinkel and strikers Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, Georgios Samaras and New Zealander Chris Killen for the match.

And all four have been ruled out of Wednesday's crucial Group E clash at Old Trafford.

At Rugby Park, Kilmarnock beat Motherwell 1-0, Aberdeen moved off the bottom of the SPL with a 1-0 victory away to Falkirk after losing their previous five league games.

Hamilton lost their fourth successive SPL match as St Mirren left New Douglas Park with a 2-1 win.