Celtic’s slim title hopes all but ended by shock defeat at Ross County

Celtic’s slim title hopes all but ended by shock defeat at Ross County

Ross County moved out of the Scottish Premiership relegation places after their 2d resolve over Celtic this season all but ended their company’ slim title hopes.

Jordan White’s 71st-minute header hauled County as much as 10th and added to their League Cup resolve in November.

Celtic dominated possession but created exiguous on one other dispiriting evening for Neil Lennon’s reigning champions.

They are left trailing Rangers by 18 aspects with eight video games left.

That diagram Gerrard’s facet would express the title with a attract the Aged Agency recreation on 21 March, ought to they resolve their next two video games.

Nonetheless, they would maybe doubtless perhaps resolve it as rapidly as 6 March, if Celtic lose to Aberdeen next Saturday.

Celtic arrived in Dingwall on make. 5 wins in a row, with 13 scored. In disagreement, County had conceded 11 in their final final 5 and had came all the procedure in which by themselves rooted to the backside of the desk.

The company cleaved out first-half of potentialities, but County did too. Scott Bain had to tip huge a unhealthy Blair Spittal pile-driver against the conclude to put up, and Tony Andreu headed over from the corner.

Celtic had been repeatedly going invent one thing, and when Odsonne Edouard outpaced the defence and became first onto a miskick from Laidlaw, he minimize-again to Ryan Christie who seemed determined to blueprint it 1-0. But the Scotland worldwide blasted over from conclude fluctuate.

Christie headed huge and had a conclude to-put up shot saved and Diego Laxalt – who replaced the injured Grey Taylor – shot over.

But then County sucker-punched them at the assorted discontinue. Harry Paton’s free-kick came all the procedure in which by White, who rose powerfully to head in off an upright in what’s in total a huge moment in County’s fight for survival.

Christie persisted to be Celtic’s most major threat but a jinking speed into the box ended with one other shot over.

Celtic piled on the stress and practically broke County hearts within the final minute, but Laidlaw bought his fingertips to a Mohamed Elyounoussi header.

A late, late Leigh Griffiths free-kick sailed over as County won for the first time against Celtic within the league for eight years, and the 2d time in three months.

Man of the match – Michael Gardyne

Michael Gardyne and Celtic's Tom Rogic
Gardyne (left) became a colossus in midfield for County as they battled to a huge resolve in their fight to beat the tumble

What did we learn?

County receive had a knack this season of producing the finest outcomes against the bigger sides. They’ve won at Easter Road and Celtic Park and hammered Aberdeen at dwelling. And, in their fight to no longer sleep, they’ve produced one other seismic result.

Celtic all too in total tried to play too mighty soccer on a pitch that became unforgiving. Regardless of an huge quantity of the ball, dwelling goalkeeper Laidlaw will receive had busier nights.

What did they are saying?

‘Huge resolve’ for Ross County – John Hughes

Ross County manager John Hughes: “Completely impossible. We knew there would possibly doubtless perhaps be long classes the build we need to no longer receive the ball but we defended for our lives. We rode our luck a exiguous bit bit however the potentialities we gave up had been mistakes of our have doing.

“Tactically we had been issue on all evening. We had been banging on about field-objects for some time so it be surely magnificent to receive one from a free-kick.”

Celtic manager Neil Lennon: “It be a ordinary one. It be one other heart-broken function from a field-half. But I specialize in we performed wisely tonight and did ample to resolve the recreation.

“The function is inexcusable. Our defenders don’t appear to want to defend this season. We offer out the work on the practicing pitch but when the avid gamers don’t assault the ball there isn’t any longer mighty you would maybe doubtless perhaps doubtless also raise out. It be been a operating theme for us this season for regardless of reason.”

‘I am no longer going to answer to any more questions’ – Lennon rues Celtic defeat

What’s next?

Ross County run to St Mirren on Saturday (15: 00 GMT), and at the an identical time Celtic will be at dwelling to Aberdeen.

Player of the match

KellyStephen Kelly

with a median of 9.53

Ross County

  1. Squad number18Player nameKelly

  2. Squad number3Player nameTremarco

  3. Squad number22Player nameTillson

  4. Squad number20Player nameSpittal

  5. Squad number19Player nameLakin

  6. Squad number24Player namePaton

  7. Squad number7Player nameGardyne

  8. Squad number16Player nameIacovitti

  9. Squad number26Player nameWhite

  10. Squad number17Player nameCharles-Cook

  11. Squad number15Player nameWatson

  12. Squad number6Player nameDraper

  13. Squad number23Player nameNaismith

  14. Squad number5Player nameMorris

  15. Squad number1Player nameLaidlaw

  16. Squad number28Player nameAndreu


  1. Squad number57Player nameWelsh

  2. Squad number29Player nameBain

  3. Squad number14Player nameTurnbull

  4. Squad number35Player nameAjer

  5. Squad number16Player nameKenny

  6. Squad number17Player nameChristie

  7. Squad number42Player nameMcGregor

  8. Squad number93Player nameLaxalt

  9. Squad number3Player nameTaylor

  10. Squad number22Player nameEdouard

  11. Squad number18Player nameRogic

  12. Squad number8Player nameBrown

  13. Squad number9Player nameGriffiths

  14. Squad number27Player nameElyounoussi


Ross County

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Laidlaw
  • 23Naismith
  • 5MorrisSubstituted forWatsonat 42′minutes
  • 16Iacovitti
  • 3Tremarco
  • 20SpittalSubstituted forPatonat 60′minutes
  • 18KellySubstituted forTillsonat 69′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 19Lakin
  • 7GardyneSubstituted forDraperat 69′minutes
  • 28AndreuSubstituted forCharles-Cookat 69′minutes
  • 26White


  • 6Draper
  • 8Shaw
  • 9Mckay
  • 14Hylton
  • 15Watson
  • 17Charles-Cook
  • 21Hilton
  • 22Tillson
  • 24Paton


Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 29Bain
  • 16Kenny
  • 57Welsh
  • 35Ajer
  • 3TaylorSubstituted forLaxaltat 9′minutes
  • 8Brown
  • 18RogicSubstituted forGriffithsat 67′minutes
  • 14Turnbull
  • 42McGregor
  • 22Edouard
  • 17ChristieSubstituted forElyounoussiat 83′minutes


  • 9Griffiths
  • 10Ajeti
  • 11Klimala
  • 12Soro
  • 27Elyounoussi
  • 52Henderson
  • 56Ralston
  • 65Hazard
  • 93Laxalt

Dwell Text

  1. Match ends, Ross County 1, Celtic 0.

  2. Second Half ends, Ross County 1, Celtic 0.

  3. Strive ignored. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is suitable a exiguous too high from an instantaneous free kick.

  4. Jordan Tillson (Ross County) is proven the yellow card for a atrocious atrocious.

  5. Mohamed Elyounoussi (Celtic) wins a free kick within the attacking half of.

  6. Heinous by Jordan Tillson (Ross County).

  7. Nook, Celtic. Conceded by Ross Laidlaw.

  8. Strive saved. Mohamed Elyounoussi (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is saved within the backside left corner. Assisted by David Turnbull with a inferior.

  9. Nook, Celtic. Conceded by Charlie Lakin.

  10. Strive blocked. Callum McGregor (Celtic) correct footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Turnbull.

  11. Heinous by Diego Laxalt (Celtic).

  12. Jordan White (Ross County) wins a free kick on the trusty soar.

  13. Heinous by Diego Laxalt (Celtic).

  14. Jordan White (Ross County) wins a free kick within the defensive half of.

  15. Heinous by Diego Laxalt (Celtic).

  16. Regan Charles-Cook (Ross County) wins a free kick within the defensive half of.

  17. Substitution, Celtic. Mohamed Elyounoussi replaces Ryan Christie.

  18. Strive ignored. Ryan Christie (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is suitable a exiguous too high.

  19. Strive saved. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved within the backside left corner. Assisted by Callum McGregor.

  20. Nook, Celtic. Conceded by Ross Draper.