Ross County 0 - 5 Celtic  (League)

Saturday, October 18th, 2014, 12:45 PM at Global Energy Stadium, Dingwall
Attendance: 5,693
Referee: Bobby Madden
Ross County v Celtic, Oct 18th 2014, Global Energy Stadium, Dingwall
Ross County  Celtic

Goalscorers
None. John Guidetti (11)
Callum McGregor (14)
Anthony Stokes (30)
Jason Denayer (35)
Anthony Stokes (56)

Starting Eleven
Mark Brown
Darren Barr
Lewis Toshney
Scott Boyd
Ben Frempah
Terry Dunfield
Joe Cardle
Richard Brittain
Filip Kiss
Graham Carey
Yoann Arquin
Craig Gordon
Emilio Izaguirre
Jason Denayer
Virgil Van Dijk
Charlie Mulgrew
Mikael Lustig
Scott Brown
John Guidetti
Anthony Stokes
Stefan Johansen
Callum McGregor

Bench
Antonio Reguero
Paul Quinn
Michael Gardyne
Darren Maatsen
Steven Ross
Jake Jervis
Liam Boyce
Lukasz Zaluska
Adam Matthews
Efe Ambrose
Nir Biton
Stefan Scepovic
Leigh Griffiths
Mubarak Wakaso

Substitutions
Michael Gardyne for Darren Barr (31)
Paul Quinn for Scott Boyd (46)
Jake Jervis for Yoann Arquin (46)
Adam Matthews for Emilio Izaguirre (53)
Nir Biton for Mikael Lustig (60)
Stefan Scepovic for John Guidetti(67)

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 53 apps -
Darren Barr 4 apps -
Scott Boyd 263 apps12 goals
Lewis Toshney 3 apps -
Ben Frempah 8 apps -
Filip Kiss 28 apps6 goals
Graham Carey 49 apps3 goals
Joe Cardle 12 apps -
Richard Brittain 256 apps50 goals
Terry Dunfield 1 app (debut) -
Yoann Arquin 27 apps5 goals
Paul Quinn (sub) -
Michael Gardyne (sub) 216 apps48 goals
Jake Jervis (sub) 10 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ben Frempah (19 years 203 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Brown (33 years 240 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 138 days

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ben Frempah (19 years 203 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Brown (33 years 240 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 305 days

First Team Debuts
Terry Dunfield(Signed October 17th, 2014)
Paul Quinn(Signed October 17th, 2014)

Milestones

The champions were out of sight by the break thanks to goals from John Guidetti, Callum McGregor, Stokes and Jason Denayer.

Stokes doubled his tally with an excellent shot from distance.

The win is a welcome boost for Celtic manager Ronny Deila, after his side lost 1-0 at home to Hamilton last time out in the league.

Rock bottom County went into the game on four points, but had gathered those from their previous two games - a 1-1 draw with Highland rivals Inverness and a 2-1 win over Dundee.

Celtic settled quicker, though, and hit the front with their first sight of goal.

Anthony Stokes floated a free-kick into the area and Charlie Mulgrew's deflected header fell perfectly for striker John Guidetti to beat goalkeeper Mark Brown from close range.

It was soon 2-0 when Stefan Johansen drifted a great ball into Guidetti on the right and the Swede's centre was tucked away by Callum McGregor.

Guidetti went close to his second after a sublime reverse pass from Stefan Johansen freed him in the box, but the striker's effort went narrowly wide.

The third soon arrived as the impressive Johansen broke away and slipped in Stokes, who curled the ball beyond Brown from 18 yards.

County boss Jim McIntyre replaced defender Darren Barr with forward Michael Gardyne sent on, but a seemingly hopeless cause was lost soon after.

Johansen's corner dropped to Mikael Lustig at the back post and after Mark Brown kept out his effort, Jason Denayer poked the rebound into the roof of the net.

Johansen looked certain to grab the goal his first-half display deserved but his shot was cleared off the line by Staggies defender Scott Boyd.

Celtic's Emilio Izaguirre was carried off at the start of the second half after a challenge from Gardyne, with Adam Matthews coming on.

Anthony Stokes makes it 3-0 to Celtic with a fine curling effort from the edge of the box

And Stokes made it 5-0 with a 20-yard rocket that hit Brown's right-hand post on its way in.

Gardyne offered the hosts hope of a consolation goal with some bright forward play, dragging one effort wide before smacking the ball off Gordon's left-hand post with a fine strike from 25 yards.

Callum McGregor and substitute Stefan Scepovic passed up chances to add goal number six.

The win sets the champions up nicely for their Europa League meeting with Romanians Astra on Thursday.

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