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.
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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
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?
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.”
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
with a median of 9.53
Squad number18Player nameKelly
Squad number3Player nameTremarco
Squad number22Player nameTillson
Squad number20Player nameSpittal
Squad number19Player nameLakin
Squad number24Player namePaton
Squad number7Player nameGardyne
Squad number16Player nameIacovitti
Squad number26Player nameWhite
Squad number17Player nameCharles-Cook
Squad number15Player nameWatson
Squad number6Player nameDraper
Squad number23Player nameNaismith
Squad number5Player nameMorris
Squad number1Player nameLaidlaw
Squad number28Player nameAndreu
Squad number57Player nameWelsh
Squad number29Player nameBain
Squad number14Player nameTurnbull
Squad number35Player nameAjer
Squad number16Player nameKenny
Squad number17Player nameChristie
Squad number42Player nameMcGregor
Squad number93Player nameLaxalt
Squad number3Player nameTaylor
Squad number22Player nameEdouard
Squad number18Player nameRogic
Squad number8Player nameBrown
Squad number9Player nameGriffiths
Squad number27Player nameElyounoussi
- 5MorrisSubstituted forWatsonat 42′minutes
- 20SpittalSubstituted forPatonat 60′minutes
- 18KellySubstituted forTillsonat 69′minutesBooked at 90mins
- 7GardyneSubstituted forDraperat 69′minutes
- 28AndreuSubstituted forCharles-Cookat 69′minutes
- 3TaylorSubstituted forLaxaltat 9′minutes
- 18RogicSubstituted forGriffithsat 67′minutes
- 17ChristieSubstituted forElyounoussiat 83′minutes
Match ends, Ross County 1, Celtic 0.
Second Half ends, Ross County 1, Celtic 0.
Strive ignored. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is suitable a exiguous too high from an instantaneous free kick.
Jordan Tillson (Ross County) is proven the yellow card for a atrocious atrocious.
Mohamed Elyounoussi (Celtic) wins a free kick within the attacking half of.
Heinous by Jordan Tillson (Ross County).
Nook, Celtic. Conceded by Ross Laidlaw.
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.
Nook, Celtic. Conceded by Charlie Lakin.
Strive blocked. Callum McGregor (Celtic) correct footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Turnbull.
Heinous by Diego Laxalt (Celtic).
Jordan White (Ross County) wins a free kick on the trusty soar.
Heinous by Diego Laxalt (Celtic).
Jordan White (Ross County) wins a free kick within the defensive half of.
Heinous by Diego Laxalt (Celtic).
Regan Charles-Cook (Ross County) wins a free kick within the defensive half of.
Substitution, Celtic. Mohamed Elyounoussi replaces Ryan Christie.
Strive ignored. Ryan Christie (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is suitable a exiguous too high.
Strive saved. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved within the backside left corner. Assisted by Callum McGregor.
Nook, Celtic. Conceded by Ross Draper.