Celtic hand Everton pre-season defeat

July 23, 2006

GLASGOW, July 23 (Reuters) - Scottish champions Celtic edged out Everton 1-0 with a winner from substitute Aiden McGeady in a pre-season friendly on Sunday.

He blasted a brilliant 25-metre shot into the bottom left hand corner after 78 minutes to settle a tight encounter.

Celtic's Polish goalkeeper Artur Boruc produced two fine first-half stops to deny new Everton striker Andy Johnson and the English side's former Rangers midfielder Mikel Arteta also grazed the bar with a free kick.

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard saved Celtic's best first-half effort when he parried a Derek Riordan shot and Kenny Miller failed to convert the rebound.

In the second half Celtic's substitute keeper David Marshall superbly tipped away a rising, angled shot from Simon Davies. Four minutes later, McGeady scored the winner.