Ross County 0
Celtic 2
League (Premiership)

Ross County
0 - 2

League (Premiership)
Sunday, April 24th, 2022
Global Energy Stadium, Dingwall. Att. 6,698
2:30 PM Kick-off

None. Kyogo Furuhashi (12)
Jota (87)

Team Managers
Malky Mackay
Ange Postecoglou

Starting Eleven
1. Ross Laidlaw
16. Alex Iacovitti
2. Connor Randall
15. Keith Watson
3. Jake Vokins
8. Ross Callachan
7. Blair Spittal
17. Regan Charles-Cook
22. Jordan Tillson
6. Harry Paton
26. Jordan White
15 Joe Hart
3 Greg Taylor
4 Carl Starfelt
20 Cameron Carter-Vickers
56 Anthony Ralston
33 Matt O'Riley
41 Reo Hatate
42 Callum McGregor
8 Kyogo Furuhashi
17 Jota
38 Daizen Maeda

21. Ross Munro
20. Declan Drysdale
19. Kayne Ramsay
18. Jack Burroughs
24. Ben Paton
23. Joseph Hungbo
4. David Cancola
11. Josh Sims
10. Dominic Samuel
5 Liam Scales
7 Georgios Giakoumakis
11 Liel Abada
14 David Turnbull
16 James McCarthy
18 Tomas Rogic
29 Scott Bain
49 James Forrest
57 Stephen Welsh

David Cancola for Harry Paton (70)
Joseph Hungbo for Jordan Tillson (70)
Dominic Samuel for Regan Charles-Cook (88)
Liel Abada for Kyogo Furuhashi (64)
Tomas Rogic for Daizen Maeda (64)
Georgios Giakoumakis for Matt O'Riley (65)
David Turnbull for Reo Hatate (74)
James Forrest for Jota (89)

Ross Callachan (5)
Jordan White (42)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Kevin Clancy (Referee)
Frank Connor & Jonathan Bell (Assistants)
Matthew MacDermid (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Source unknown.

Ross County were defeated 2-0 today by league leaders Celtic at the Global Energy Stadium in the Staggies’ opening post-split fixture.

An early goal from Kyogo Furahashi gave the visitors the lead before Jota sealed the victory with a goal just 3 minutes before full time.

After 12 minutes, Celtic took the lead. Jota delivered a perfectly measured deep cross from the right-hand side into the box and onto the head of Kyogo Furuhashi. Kyogo found space in between County’s 2 centre backs and powered his unopposed connecting header into the bottom right corner.

17 minutes later, Celtic’s goal scorer nearly doubled his tally for the afternoon. Jota was on hand to provide the delivery again, this time on the left hand-side with a clipped left-footed ball from the by-line. Kyogo used an inventive side volley to connect with Jota’s cross, but his attempt was slightly skewed as it struck the crossbar before being cleared.

7 minutes before half time, Celtic should have made it 2. A rasping long-range effort from Matt O’Riley was spilled by Ross Laidlaw and fell into the path of Kyogo just yards from goal. However, the Japanese international’s subsequent follow-up effort was saved by Laidlaw to make up for initial mistake.

In the 43rd minute, Celtic had another opportunity to open up a 2-goal lead. Jota got on the end of a cushioned volley pass from Matt O’Riley before picking out Daizen Maeda with a cross from the right wing. However, Maeda’s volleyed attempt at the near post was flicked over the bar by Ross Laidlaw from close range.

9 minutes after the restart, County almost snatched an equaliser with their first opportunity of the match. Regan Charles-Cook used his trickery to beat Anthony Ralston on the left-hand side before cutting the ball back to Jordan White. The striker dummied the ball, teeing up Harry Paton, who cut back inside and barrelled a left-footed effort at goal. However, Cameron Carter-Vickers put his body on the line to heroically block Paton’s goal-bound effort.

It was evident that the Staggies came out stronger in the second half. After a dominant first half performance from the visitors, Malky Mackay’s side had weathered the storm and soon became the aggressors in the second period.

However, it wasn’t to be for the Staggies as Celtic sealed the victory with a second goal just 3 minutes before full time. Liel Abada received the ball on the right of the box from a throw-in before cutting the ball back for the sliding Giorgios Giakoumakis. The Greek striker’s near post attempt struck the crossbar, but Jota was alert to stab the subsequent rebound in at the back post.

It was disappointing for County to fall to defeat but the result made no difference to Malky Mackay’s side’s league position. A defeat for Motherwell yesterday means that County still occupy the final lucrative European-qualification spot.

**Match report courtesy of Ross County Football Club**.

Squad Statistics (as at April 24th, 2022)

2021/22 All Time
Ross Laidlaw (GK)29 20 - 82 -
Keith Watson32 23 - 1053
Connor Randall26 29 - 46 -
Alex Iacovitti24 304728
Jake Vokins22 19 - 19 -
Ross Callachan28 354354
Harry Paton23 31 - 1014
Jordan Tillson29 31 - 75 -
Regan Charles-Cook25 33136515
Blair Spittal26 3366811
Jordan White30 375509
David Cancola (sub)25 151151
Joseph Hungbo (sub)22 297297
Dominic Samuel (sub)28 281281

League Table (as at April 24th, 2022)

No league table has been added for this season.