Celtic 2-0 Ross County


The champions made a winning start to their road to The Five with a two goal win over Ross County. First half goals, an early penalty from Leigh Griffiths and a Stefan Johansen effort secured the points before Ross County settled into the game.

Virgil van Dijk pinged a ball into the box allowing Leigh Griffiths to turn County defender Davies, who mistimed his challenge and took the legs from Griffiths inside the box. This time the Celtic striker was able to take the kick undisputed before hitting his penalty low and hard. Keeper Scott Fox got his body to the ball but couldn’t keep it out.

James Forrest was recalled from the start and made a powerful run on 17 minutes but his shot was saved. A quick break by County tempted Craig Gordon off his line, in an echo of a similar situation against Qarabag on Wednesday, but County’s Jackson Irvine controlled well and knocked the ball beyond Gordon, who committed to the challenge but only succeeded in felling Irvine.

Scott Brown and Virgil van Dijk managed to get back inside the box, and Irvine was heading wide, so referee Willie Collum only cautioned the Celtic goalkeeper. Gordon redeemed himself a moment later by saving the resultant fee kick.

A fine passing move by Celtic created space inside the box for Gary Mackay-Steven but his shot was weak and Fox saved. van Dijk then made space but could not find the target. The big Dutch defender later dribbled 30 yards but was dispossessed 10 yards out.

Stefan Johansen made it 2-0 on 35 minutes. Ross County were under incessant Celtic pressure and failed to pick up Mackay-Steven inside the box. The Celtic winger feigned to shoot before rolling the ball into the path of Johansen who made no mistake.

Ross County had a better second half but not until Stuart Armstrong rounded Fox and saw his effort cleared off the line. Gordon was forced into a stunning save on 65 minutes when Quinn’s effort from 13 yards. The Celtic keeper flew himself to his left.

Kris Commons then saw his rocket shot from 25 yards touched over. A moment later Armstrong’s audacious chip almost caught the keeper off his line but Fox stretched to deflect. Armstrong continued his search for a goal but his shot from outside the box was deflected wide.

Craig Gordon ended the game by making another fine diving save in added time.

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  1. Just realised my keyboard won’t recognise the number 6 (unless I use the keypad).



    Apple Gnostics are Theosophists, eh!!!!

  2. foghorn leghorn on







    i have never heard so much plop watter in my life






    nae wonder i down sambucas

  3. New article? Paul67 it’s the middle of the night ffs ;-))




    New login takes forever – why not old carry on?




    first team or reserves?





  4. Tricoloured Ribbon on



    That’s my youngest lad just away out the door heading for Belfast then Ibiza.


    I’ll be worried sick until he returns.

  5. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    Sorry fellas lol



    It’s like everything in this life – ye have to adapt,learn,acclimatise and move forward.



    No more standing still, like what the old dead club did – and look what happened to themins.



    Give it time.



    God bless the Celtic of Glasgow.









    HH. :-)

  6. Is 16 Roads happy with his podium, then 2nd, then 3rd, then 4th, then 5th – seems greedy to me ;-))





  7. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    He plays on the left, he plays on the riiiiight…



    Aiden Mcgeady made the old club look… Tripe!!!



    Parfal Celtic, simply parfal.




  8. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    Apologies LT – It’s technology is all it is.



    Ye have to be sharp and quick of the mark.




  9. 16 roads & tCr,



    I must get some some sleep.



    Thank You Both.



    Individually you made me think, collectively, we are emf



    Truth is hardcore and not as strange as anyone, manipulated, can realise Madrid.



    We have a kid joining us.

  10. 16 Roads,



    Ffs don’t apologise for doin what we all would, congrats on the pod ;-))





  11. bournesouprecipe on

    The new software and subsequent site has made CQN look fantastic overall and brought it in line with more ‘modren’( © DBBIA ) forums and Celtic sites while hopefully keeping the same posters.






    Surprised that it lacks some of the basic IT sophistication but sure this will hopefully be rectified in due course






    It could be that we’re not switched on yet, and most of what’s missing will be a breeze for admin, in the meantime…….


    This is a link






    Hail Hail

  12. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    Some critics of that Killie place earlier on today. Never really minded it, for all the time that a spent there – During the MON days, Celtic win, AT scored – both stands running parallel jam packed with Celtic supporters – like this:










  13. Hey, I’ve already copyrighted DBBIA, It can only be used after agreeing a fee with me ;-)) *yawns*





  14. Delaneys Dunky on




    I have a fenian Gallacher from Clydebank sitting next to me. She loves the C in her name. :)

  15. Tricoloured Ribbon on



    Tell her nae Gallachers allowed.


    Gallaghers only.


    The most common name in Donegal stands proud.;-)

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