CELTIC fired blanks in their frustrating and disappointing afternoon at Livingston a fortnight ago.

It was the first time this season the Hoops firing squad had malfunctioned – and it cost the eight-in-a-row champions top spot in the Premiership for the first time in 2019.

Neil Lennon ordered a response from his players and poor Ross County were in direct line of their reply at Parkhead yesterday when the attack clicked into lethal gear after the turnaround.

The fans had to be satisfied with Mohamed Elyounoussi’s early opening strike in the first 45 minutes as their favourites just could not convert their obvious superiority into the currency of goals.

However, a bewildering nine-minute spell into the second-half saw Odsonne Edouard claim two with Callum McGregor and James Forrest adding others to take the scoreline from 1-0 to 5-0 in an almighty blitz on Ross Laidlaw’s net.

Elyounoussi added the sixth before the end before referee Don Robertson put the Highlanders out of their misery with the final whistle.

Next up, it’s Lazio in the Europa League Group E confrontation at Parkhead on Thursday night.

Let’s hope Edouard and Co will bring their shooting boots with them for this occasion.

CQN‘s crack lensmen were at the demolition of the Dingwall side. Here is the pick of the pics.

WHAM…Odsonne Edouard fires in a left-foot strike.

JOY BHOYS…James Forrest congratulates Edouard after his first goal.

BY THE RIGHT…Mohamed Elyounoussi starts the rout of Ross County with a fine drive.

CHEERS…Boli Bolingoli and James Forrest applaud Mohamed Elyounoussi after his opening goal.

TWO-PRONGED ATTACK…Odsonne Edouard and Boli Bolingoli put the pressure on Marcus Fraser.

FOR MY NEXT TRICK…Elyounoussi on the ball.

WING WONDER…James Forrest races into attack.

SEE YOU LATER…Jeremie Frimpong leaves Michael Gardyne in his slipstream.

WORKING A FLANKER…Frimpong takes on Ross Stewart.

CHEEKY…James Forrest puffs as he prepares to blow away County’s defence.

HEAD BHOY…Christopher Jullien takes to the air.

IN CONTROL…Callum McGregor turns on the style.

OZ-SOME…Tom Rogic makes a welcome start in the league line-up.

GOAL-DEN BHOYS…Callum McGregor and Mohamed Elyounoussi celebrate the midfielder’s strike.

BYE BYE…Vakoun Issouf Bayo leaves a Ross County defender standing.

MINI-HUDDLE…Callum McGregor and Neil Lennon share the joy.


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