Last week we discussed how Celtic’s attacking set-piece strategy was to aim for Christopher Jullien, while others attempt to block defenders impeding his run, and what the arrival of Shane Duffy would do for options. An hour into Saturday’s game in Dingwall provided the answer. While Jullien made his customary run to meet a corner kick, Duffy picked his moment to rise and head his opening goal for Celtic.
Before the arrival of Jullien last year, Celtic’s corner kick effectiveness was awful. We are not quite back to the Martin O’Neill era-level, but Chris and Shane have changed our threat level significantly.
Again, Albian Ajeti puts the ball in the net(i), his third goal since arriving last month. We have seen so little of Ajeti that it is difficult to make a proper assessment of him, which makes his goal tally all the more impressive.
It seems incongruous that Vasilis Barkas had his best performance in the purple of Celtic in a game we won by five goals. He made five saves, three of them particularly impressive, and County hit the woodwork twice.
As happy as Neil Lennon will be at the goals and manner of Celtic’s attacking play, he will be concerned we offered up so many chances to a weak Ross County team. The years when Celtic could afford to simply out score the opposition passed long ago, we cannot continue to offer up the chances County and Hamilton have enjoyed this season. You know how this ends if not arrested.