Celtic 0 - 0 Ross County (League)Saturday, December 27th, 2014, 3:00 PM at Celtic Park, Glasgow
Referee: Crawford Allan
Virgil Van Dijk
Lukasz Zaluska (GK)
McGregor - Stokes (9)
Commons - McGregor (67)
Scepovic - Guidetti (67)
Lewis Toshney for Michael Gardyne (38)
Jake Jervis for Terry Dunfield (89)
Steven Ross for Yoann Arquin (89)
Appearances & Goals To Date
|Antonio Reguero (GK)||8 apps||-|
|Scott Boyd||269 apps||12 goals|
|Paul Quinn||10 apps||2 goals|
|Steven Saunders||16 apps||1 goal|
|Jamie Reckord||7 apps||-|
|Filip Kiss||33 apps||6 goals|
|Terry Dunfield||2 apps||-|
|Martin Woods||9 apps||-|
|Michael Gardyne||224 apps||49 goals|
|Richard Brittain||264 apps||50 goals|
|Yoann Arquin||34 apps||6 goals|
|Lewis Toshney (sub)||8 apps||-|
|Steven Ross (sub)||24 apps||1 goal|
|Jake Jervis (sub)||19 apps||4 goals|
|Youngest Player:||Jamie Reckord (22 years 298 days)|
|Oldest Player:||Terry Dunfield (32 years 318 days)|
|Average Player Age:||28 years 72 days|
|Youngest Player:||Steven Ross (21 years 125 days)|
|Oldest Player:||Mark Brown (33 years 310 days)|
|Average Player Age:||27 years 89 days|
First Team Debuts
Ross County put the shackles on Celtic as they held the champions in Glasgow.
Ronny Deila signalled his attacking intent with Leigh Griffiths, John Guidetti and Anthony Stokes starting, but the latter was an early injury victim for the home side.
The goal avalanche never arrived with County defending resolutely, though Callum McGregor did hit the bar.
And it was the visitors who could have won it late on when Filip Kiss struck the post.
The only solace for Celtic is that Hamilton and Dundee United failed to take advantage with both slipping to defeat.
Jim McIntyre's men fall to the bottom of the table despite gaining a point.
Just before the match started, Ross County were forced into a reshuffle after Graham Carey suffered a back spasm and he was replaced by Michael Gardyne.
As expected, Celtic had the majority of the early possession but they struggled to create chances.
Two free-kicks from Guidetti were the early highlights, the first saved by Antonio Reguero, and the second ruffling the side-netting.
From a Stefan Johansen free-kick Nir Bitton provided a goal-bound header but Reguero batted the ball to safety.
Ross County were virtually non-existent as an attacking force. A Martin Woods snap-shot wide of the target after some slack Celtic defending was the best they could muster.
A cut-back from Adam Matthews then gave Celtic substitute McGregor a great chance but he could not get his shot away.
Griffiths had a crack at goal that looked dangerous but Guidetti attempted to back-heel it into the corner and the ball ended up flashing wide of the post.
Celtic began the second half a little bit flat and County's Lewis Toshney tried an early header, but it was a comfortable save for Craig Gordon.
McGregor then almost broke the deadlock with a chipped effort from the edge of the box, but it came back off the bar with Guidetti failing to finish the rebound.
Celtic were generally labouring to break the visitors down and, with that in mind, Stefan Scepovic and Kris Commons were brought on from the bench to try to liven up the hosts.
However, it was County who almost stole all three points when a shot from Kiss beat Gordon, but agonisingly for the Slovak it cracked back off the post.
Griffiths then fired in a late shot which Reguero did well to save to keep it goalless.