If ever 90 minutes told the story of a season, it was last night in Dingwall. A miserable team, bottom of the league and who sacked the manager that won at Celtic Park in November, took to the field with a cunning masterplan: put numbers behind the ball and wait for a set piece.
Ross County’s goal was exasperating. Diego Laxalt did not get close enough to Jordan White to impede the striker’s movement, perhaps taking lessons from the lumbering Tom Rogic, who was equally lax at a first half corner that went unpunished. The speed of delivery caught Scott Brown cold as White rose behind him to score the only goal of the game.
Despite Celtic enjoying the vast majority of the ball and territorial advantage, County could consider themselves unlucky not to be ahead at the break, after Spittal’s shot was stopped by Scott Bain pulling off the finest save of the game.
Eduard and Christie both had gilt-edged chances before that to put Celtic ahead but neither troubled the keeper. Both are stalling on a contract offer and will hope prospective employers were busy watching something else on TV last night.
The only consolation is that this wretched league campaign will be over soon. Well done to John Hughes and his County players, never short of endeavour.