Ross County 0
Celtic 5
League (Premiership)

Ross County
0 - 5

League (Premiership)
Saturday, October 18th, 2014
Global Energy Stadium, Dingwall. Att. 5,693
12:45 PM Kick-off

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

Team Managers
Jim McIntyre
Ronny Deila

Starting Eleven
21. Mark Brown
5. Scott Boyd
Lewis Toshney
18. Ben Frempah
13. Darren Barr
7. Joe Cardle
Richard Brittain
Terry Dunfield
10. Filip Kiss
23. Graham Carey
15. 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

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

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)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Bobby Madden (Referee)

Match Report

Source unknown.

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.

Squad Statistics (as at October 18th, 2014)

2014/15 All Time
Mark Brown (GK)33 7 - 53 -
Ben Frempah19 8 - 8 -
Lewis Toshney22 3 - 3 -
Scott Boyd28 10 - 26312
Darren Barr29 4 - 4 -
Joe Cardle27 12 - 12 -
Graham Carey25 11 - 493
Filip Kiss24 11 - 286
Terry Dunfield32 1 - 1 -
Richard Brittain31 11 - 25650
Yoann Arquin26 111275
Paul Quinn (sub)29 1 - 1 -
Michael Gardyne (sub)28 5121648
Jake Jervis (sub)23 102102

League Table (as at October 18th, 2014)

No league table has been added for this season.