Celtic ease through

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Georgios Samaras

Goals from Georgios Samaras and Scott Brown eased Celtic to a 2-0 win against Inverness in their William Hill Scottish Cup fifth-round tie at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium.

The Greece striker fired high past Jonny Tuffey in the 33rd minute to give the holders the interval lead.

In the 67th minute, after Caley defender David Proctor had conceded a penalty for a foul on Gary Hooper, Parkhead skipper Brown slotted in the spot-kick for his third goal in three games to take the holders into Monday's draw at Hampden.

The game quickly turned into a scrappy affair. Celtic keeper Fraser Forster was called into action for the first time in the 23rd minute when he had to dive smartly down to his right to tip a low drive from Nick Ross round the post.

On the half-hour mark, as Celtic tested the nervy looking Highland defence again, Hooper had a decent effort from the edge of the box saved by Tuffey.

However, the cup holders' opener was only three minutes away with Ross Tokely at fault. The big Inverness stopper stretched a leg out but failed to cut out Kris Commons' through-ball and the Greece striker raced on before firing high past Tuffey from 16 yards, with the ball appearing to take a swerve.

Moments later, a short pass-back from Tokely allowed Hooper to run in on goal but Tuffey blocked his angled shot with his leg and from the rebound the keeper saved again, this time from Joe Ledley before the danger was eventually cleared.

The home side were all over the place but six minutes from the break Tokely headed a Jonny Hayes corner over the bar, passing up on the chance to make amends for earlier indiscretions.

The tie was effectively over when Brown grabbed number two from the spot - the goal again coming as a result of careless Caley defending. When Hooper robbed Proctor on the byline, the Inverness defender chopped him down leaving referee no option but to award a penalty from which the Hoops skipper sent Tuffey the wrong way.

Forrest finished a driving run into the box with a cross-cum-shot which just evaded Hooper at the back post - Celtic's last real chance before they cruised to the final whistle.

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