Celtic face Ross County tomorrow as Ange Postecoglou’s side look to move three points closer towards the Premiership title. In the three previous meetings between the side, Celtic have won all encounters but these matches have been tough at times – in particular, the last visit to Dingwall.
Celtic 3 Ross County 0
Celtic huffed and puffed but County held firm. It was not until the 64th minute when Cameron Carter-Vickers’ strike deflected and found the net. It was a welcome relief for Ange Postecoglou’s men. This goal opened the game up and allowed two goals from Albian Ajeti to grab a brace in a scoreline that probably flattered Celtic but a result which was deserved.
Ross County 1 Celtic 2
Tony Ralston scored a late goal as Celtic recorded all three points on a pivotal night in The Highlands. Liel Abada and Jack Baldwin had the sides level before Carl Starfelt was harshly sent off for two ‘bookable’ offences. Although with the game looking like ebbing out with the sides sharing the points, Tom Rogic clipped the ball to the back post where Ralston rose highest and netted the ball sparking jubilant scenes.
Celtic 4 Ross County 0
Giorgos Giakoumakis scored a hat-trick with Maeda completing the scoring. County were reduced to ten men in the first half with Ramsey being sent off for a lunge on Tom Rogic.
Celtic opened the scoring through Giakoumakis. Jota danced on the left hand side, showing quick feet and deceiving the Staggies right-back. He found the half yard he needed and clipped an inch-perfect cross to the back post, where Giakoumakis made no mistake.
Seven minutes later, The Greek Internationalist headed the ball goalwards only to see his effort blocked. However, he manage to react quickest and header the rebound into the corner.
The Greek forward was involved in the third, knocking on a Jota corner for Maeda to finish. The Japanese striker, who started at left-wing, stuck his leg out and direct the ball into the net.
Giakoumakis had the opportunity to complete the hat-trick after Don Robertson pointed to the spot following the bouncing ball striking the arm of a Ross County defender. Josip Juranovic selflessly allowed his teammate to complete his scoring and he duly obliged. Sending Laidlaw the wrong way and making it 4-0.