Ross County 1
Celtic 4
League (Premiership)

Ross County
1 - 4

League (Premiership)
Saturday, November 9th, 2013
Global Energy Stadium, Dingwall. Att. 5,982
12:45 PM Kick-off

Ivan Sproule (68)
Virgil Van Dijk (41)
Virgil Van Dijk (53)
Joe Ledley (70)
Joe Ledley (74)

Team Managers
Derek Adams
Neil Lennon

Starting Eleven
1. Mark Brown
Brian McLean
Branislav Micic
5. Scott Boyd
Mihael Kovacevic
4. Stuart Kettlewell
23. Graham Carey
10. Rocco Quinn
Richard Brittain
18. Marc Klok
11. Melvin De Leeuw
Fraser Forster
Emilio Izaguirre
Efe Ambrose
Virgil Van Dijk
Nir Biton
Scott Brown
Joe Ledley
Charlie Mulgrew
Darnell Fisher
James Forrest
Teemu Pukki

Michael Fraser
Ben Gordon
Steven Saunders
Steven Ross
14. Darren Maatsen
Ivan Sproule
19. Kevin Luckassen
Anthony Stokes
Amido Balde
Dylan McGeouch
Kris Commons
Lukasz Zaluska
Thomas Rogic
Derk Boerrigter

Ivan Sproule for Marc Klok (67)
Darren Maatsen for Graham Carey (67)
Steven Saunders for Mihael Kovacevic (80)
Anthony Stokes for James Forrest (71)
Thomas Rogic for Nir Biton (80)
Derk Boerrigter for Joe Ledley (85)

Stuart Kettlewell (42)
Graham Carey (62)
Mihael Kovacevic (63)
Melvin De Leeuw (71)
Scott Brown (73)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Kevin Clancy (Referee)

Match Report

Source unknown.

Celtic consolidated their position at the top of the table with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Ross County at the Global Energy Stadium.

Virgil van Dijk scored his first goals for the league leaders and Joe Ledley netted the other two after Ivan Sproule had halved the advantage.

Celtic dominated the opening period but lacked a cutting edge until Charlie Mulgrew and Emilio Izaguirre linked at the edge of the County penalty area and the latter crossed to the back post where van Dijk (41) cushioned his header in off the woodwork.

And the central defender struck again on 53 minutes when he ghosted into the six-yard box to glance another header into the net from an inswinging Mulgrew corner.

Ross County substitute Ivan Sproule gave the hosts some hope when he rifled home from close range after Fraser Forster did well to keep out Rocco Quinn's deflected shot.

But the Hoops restored the two-goal advantage just two minutes later when Ledley sent Brown the wrong way after the midfielder rose to meet an Izaguirre chip.

The Wales midfielder completed his brace on 73 when he glanced yet another header past Brown, this time from a Darnell Fisher delivery.

Ledley was denied a hat-trick by the post after Brown had got down to parry a powerful Tom Rogic shot.

Brown made an impressive diving save on just eight minutes when van Dijk weaved past a couple of challenges and let fly through the legs of Brian McLean from 25 yards.

Teemu Pukki's link play was impressive from the start of the match, and he laid a weighted pass to Izaguirre to send a first-time cross to the edge of the box for James Forrest to lift the ball over the bar.

And Celtic almost struck a quick second goal before the break when Branislav Micic blocked Ledley's drive on the six-yard line and the rebound fell to Nir Biton 25 yards out, but his low shot was well held by Brown.

Van Dijk and Scott Brown both sent efforts over the bar from outside the penalty area in the early stages of the second half before the Celtic skipper had an angled shot deflected round the post by the County keeper's foot moments before the second goal.

Squad Statistics (as at November 9th, 2013)

2013/14 All Time
Mark Brown (GK)32 12 - 28 -
Brian McLean28 11 - 11 -
Mihael Kovacevic25 11 - 44 -
Scott Boyd27 7 - 23111
Branislav Micic23 4 - 5 -
Melvin De Leeuw25 112112
Marc Klok20 1 - 1 -
Richard Brittain30 10421946
Rocco Quinn27 1227811
Graham Carey24 111111
Stuart Kettlewell29 1211399
Steven Saunders (sub)22 4 - 4 -
Darren Maatsen (sub)22 7171
Ivan Sproule (sub)32 102248

League Table (as at November 9th, 2013)

No league table has been added for this season.