CELTIC were quick to issue a club statement following an angry gathering of fans outside the ground following the shock 2-0 defeat from Ross County at Parkhead yesterday.

A mob descended on the home of the champions to rage at the loss that saw the team ejected from their third competition in three months.

The chance of winning the League Cup for the fifth successive year was ended in the midst of an awful performance against the Highlanders who won their first game since September 19 against Neil Lennon’s side that have tasted success only twice in the past 10 games.

That has brought mounting pressure on everyone at the champions and the most recent loss sparked scenes the club management described as “unacceptable”.

The statement read:

“Everyone at the Club is hugely disappointed by this afternoon’s result, one which has ended our phenomenal run of 35 consecutive cup victories.

“While we sincerely share the huge disappointment of all Celtic supporters, there can be no excuse for some of the violent scenes at Celtic Park this evening. The Club will be investigating these events fully.

“For players and a management team, who have given so much in recent years and have delivered 11 consecutive trophies, to require an escort from Celtic Park while being targeted with missiles, is simply unacceptable.

“While we understand that only a small number of people were involved in this behaviour, some of the actions this evening, which have obviously left our own players shaken, cannot be condoned in any way.”


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