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. Tricoloured Ribbon on

    Love it.From Free Derry to Belfast,from Downpatrick to Belfast to the Hills of South Derry to Free Derry again then to Donegal of an evening.



    Where would ye get it?



    Answer-in the heart of Clydebank..hehe

  2. By tabjumpability, i mean being logging in here and jumping to a new tab for a link ;-))





  3. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    LT – Nae bother pal, a jist need tae calm doon.



    Blame petec and TCR for the lingo lol



    Brilliant Scoddish accents!



    Calm doon man ffs.






    HH. :-)

  4. *being logging is pish English – meant being logged but u new that ;-))




  5. bournesouprecipe on







    Celtic are very lucky to be able to call on Efe Ambrose , he covers a specific kind of deficiency, and is a fitter Celtic man, faithful through and through.






    We all have favourite Celtic players, we need Celtic fans that defend ‘the Jersey’, whilst the manager gets to select his favourites






    Whipping Bhoys……. Efe Ambrose…… James Forrest…… Emilio Izzaguire






    Imperious Celtic players are hard to find, especially on the ole internet.






    Hail Hail

  6. BSR,



    he covers a specific kind of deficiency, granted, but why arn’t we shoring these deficiencies up? Seems that every season start we have them




  7. TCR,



    sorry dude, they are casualties of war – read a book. Maybe not for then but advanced soldiers none the less ;-))




  8. bournesouprecipe on




    The Hunnites very nearly killed the game here in the lead up to when they expired. It’s a bankrupt diddy league, with Aberdeen as good as it get’s for a challenge, and they’ve bought nothing.




    Ambrose is better value than lustig. Full Stop ( we all have our favorites )




    ‘Stockpiling money’ © The Battered Bunnet I don’t think that’s happening, it get’s consumed, and the big wide empty bit at CP with no one in it , is as compelling, as Peter Lawells personal bonus.





    I prefer to sink my meagre season ticket offering into the theory that we’re pretty well run, and flush in case of the probable introduction of new clubs





    Hail Hail

  9. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Ronny still very much on probation for me.


    Strange selections.


    Domestically,O.K.,but these are testing grounds for the real comp.the only comp.that matters.




    E.G.Kris Commons ,imho,should be a regular starter.Assuming he is fit and ” up for it.”


    Our season continues on Wed.and must continue into the group stages.


    Anything less means that Ronny must jump or be pushed.


    Acceptance would be unacceptable.

  10. BSR,


    no the Hunnites liquidated, the game goes on, Aberdeen better push us or we’ll all get bored League-wise – where’s the money go – we’re at our level, sorry to say that’s Europa League level – with hope – sed before, and again – individual players will be analysed later in season ;-)) unless they’re gay then their boyfriends will hav already done it ;-((





  11. bournesouprecipe on







    They did indeed, but it ‘Scottish’ reality ‘old firm’ every day, banter, lets forget , ‘five way agreement terms’…….they didn’t.






    Celtic will again play in a game that is as straight as a parott’s nose.






    There is no way out, and the Europa League is where we stand, with little chance of winning it, unlike the Seville near miracle






    Hail Hail

  12. Tricoloured Ribbon on

    Lurkin tim,


    not with you @2.55,





    Agree.A lot more yet to convince me.


    We will see.If Griffiths is injured or gets suspended I fear for us.

  13. TCR,



    what, u don’t believe my version of the Government Facts of the time – would say shame on you – but they were assassinated;-(( Is this a Republican test?





  14. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on



    Detach ourselves from football for a moment.


    If it is reasonable to suggest that the C.E.O.of a corporation is ,in significant measure ,responsible for a 12 million pound shortfall in revenue,then his position has to be under review.


    Should that occur in two successive years then his position becomes untenable.


    Where does the buck stop?



    And people complain about the,by comparison,measly salary and/or bonuses that P.L. receives.

  15. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    Not only did they cheat, they actually revelled in it.



    Bizarre it was, normal to ra peepil tho.



    Aye rrrrready…



    Ready for what?



    Fak away aff tae fak yiz watery monkey reprobates yiz.







  16. Tricoloured Ribbon on



    I have no quibble with ye on that one.


    The bookies have Celtic favourites to win away to Qarabag,never mind to win the tie.


    Ronny is still for me under scrutiny.


    In saying that,the fella was robbed blind for a domestic treble in his first season.

  17. Tricoloured Ribbon on 2nd August 2015 3:38 am Lurkin tim, Briefly, Your Government facts?




    see lies ;-)) nobody gets my humour ;-))







    Scratcher or Poker for me

  18. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on





    I have no quibble with ye on that one.


    The bookies have Celtic favourites to win away to Qarabag,never mind to win the tie.


    Ronny is still for me under scrutiny.


    In saying that,the fella was robbed blind for a domestic treble in his first season.





    Robbed.Yes.But we know to expect that.We`ve been observing that all of our lives.


    However,I`m afraid that only the S.P.L.really matters for me.


    Everything else is homage to the S.F.A.and the S.P.L.


    Europe is the only game in town.





    – See more at: http://www.celticquicknews.co.uk/celtic-2-0-ross-county/comment-page-2/#comment-2643555

  19. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    Macjay1 – What has it got to do with Celtic though?



    Everything, sometimes.



    You take a wee bit of time out, and Google – Seamus Duffy Celtic – whenever ya get a wee chance.



    It’s all too easy to forget, easy enough to be selective. Cherry pick what is right, and what’s wrong.



    Sad to wear a Celtic tap, some eejit declared earlier in the week?



    It begins with F and it ends with F.







  20. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    16 roads – Celtic über alles… on 2nd August 2015 4:44 am



    You`ve lost me.


    Googled as you suggested.



    O.K. Now I get it.


    You live it.


    I read about it.


    Fair enough.



    Still does`t allay my concerns about the association.


    Particularly the current association.


    Slainthe yersel.

  21. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Was sitting in the BV with some of the motley crew yesterday when on old cqn bhoy came over and introduced himself, he said Oldtim bought him stories once in Babbities.


    Anyway Pat was a stalwart in the Melbourne CSC and by the magic of the Internet I got him talking to ole 001 bhoy


    Pat will return to oz after a year in cold damp Scotland and start posting again



    Won’t you Pat(wing commander) :-)

  22. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    Macjay1 – Never, ever a bother with you chieftain.


    Just was saying, there are two sides to every story – nothing is ever simply black & white.


    It would be good to have a toast with ye someday, celebrate the CFC.


    We wear the Claddagh.


    We fight for Ireland and for Ireland only, the harp and the shamrock – the green, white & gold.


    Celtic is our team.


    It’s a wonderful life.



  23. Good morning friends from a fairly bright, dry but cloud covered East Kilbride. Ho hum

  24. Morning all.



    Not much of a day weather-wise down here.



    I take it the young lhad Tierney only got a game because Izzaguirre was suspended and Mulgrew injured. I think that games like yesterday should be occasions when we blood promising youngsters. For me, he did enough to be given a run of games, although I don’t think Wednesday should be the next time.

  25. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    16 ROADS – CELTIC ÜBER ALLES… on 2ND AUGUST 2015 8:10 AM




    How generous.


    A credit to you and yours.



    A wee snifter? Who knows?

  26. Serious sources in Azerbijan say that the game in Baku stands under question mark. They were going to change the grass. Thrirty percent of the grass that was delivered is unuseful and they are afraid the referees won’t let play the game.

  27. Morning all from a cold damp South Ayrshire coast.







    No change there then.







    Have a nice Sunday.








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