Celtic news – Inverness game off, Stokes sports psychologist visit, Samaras plans unbeaten run

Inverness game off.

Today´s Scottish Cup quarter-final against Inverness Caledonian Thistle has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

The pitch at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium was playable on Saturday despite much of the snow that has afflicted parts of Scotland. However, a precautionary pitch inspection at 8am revealed that heavy rainfall overnight had put paid to any chance of the match taking place.

The fixture will now take place this Tuesday, March 16, and will be screened live on Sky Sports. The Hoops were due to entertain Hibernian in a crucial league game on Wednesday, but that has now been postponed with the Scottish Cup taking priority.

The postponement means Neil Lennon´s side will now have an extra day to prepare for next Sunday´s Co-Operative Insurance Cup Final against Rangers at Hampden Park.

Stokes sports psychologist visit.

Anthony Stokes was in line to lead Celtic´s attack at Inverness, yet despite being the club’s top scorer with 18 goals the 22-year-old striker revealed he has recently sought the help of sports psychologist Dan Abrahams.

The Irish Evening Herald reports that Stokes, who has sat out the last four Old Firm matches, has been consulting Abrahams in an attempt to improve his Celtic career. “The team have played so well against Rangers and won,” said Stokes, “and before one of the Old Firm games I had nine goals in seven games. I was left out and felt disappointed, but the team performed so well that you cannot go knocking on the gaffer’s door – you need to take it on the chin. I speak to Dan about my football as it is something to help me try and focus more.”

Samaras plans unbeaten run.

Georgios Samaras has told Celtic´s official website that he believes the Hoops´ success this season is down to their adaptability.

“It is not just that we play good football,” he said. “In games where we need to be physically strong we can now fight and do that too. The manager has put his stamp on the team and we are working really hard for success.”

The striker hopes his side can build on the back of successive wins over Rangers and Hamilton Academicals and wants this to be the start of an unbeaten run.

“I think the team has been performing really well,” Samaras continued, “and we only really had a bad day at the office against Motherwell. In recent months we have been excellent and are now looking forward to the next few matches, which are really important.”

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