4 - 0
Scott Brown (46)
Gary Hooper (53,64)
James Forrest (70)
Efetobore Ambrose Emuobo
Mark Brown .25
Scott Boyd .5
Marc Fitzpatrick .3
Stuart Kettlewell .7
Iain Vigurs .11
Rocco Quinn .12
Ross Tokely .6
Mark Corcoran .15
Paul Lawson .8
Gary Glen .20
James Forrest for Beram Kayal (57)
Tony Watt for Lassad Nouioui (74)
John Herron for Georgios Samaras (82)
Mark Corcoran for Alex Cooper (54)
Paul Lawson for Rocco Quinn (77)
Gary Glen for Stuart Kettlewell (88)
Euan Norris (Referee)
Ross County missed two golden opportunities in a goalless first period and were punished ruthlessly after the break.
Mark Brown saved from a Lassad header and a Charlie Mulgrew shot before also reacting quickly to palm away a header from Hooper.
County began to come to terms with Celtic's narrow set-up, the midfield three and front three all playing in largely central areas, and created a couple of openings of their own, the most threatening of which ended with Rocco Quinn sending a fierce drive from outside the box just over Fraser Forster's bar.
Hooper, playing behind Samaras and Lassad, nonetheless looked Celtic's greatest threat and had two goal-bound shots blocked, first by Mihael Kovacevic and then Marc Fitzpatrick. Kayal, playing as industriously as ever, did bring a decent save out of Brown a few minutes before the break, but Celtic could just as easily have found themselves behind at the interval.
Quinn tamely passed the ball into the arms of Forster with the goal at his mercy and then Alex Cooper fired straight at the goalkeeper.
County were made to regret those misses not two minutes into the second half as Hooper slid the ball through for the onrushing Brown, who, from the angle of the six-yard box, fired under his namesake in the visitors' goal. Six minutes later, Hooper had a goal of his own as he glanced a Lassad cross past the keeper from all of six yards.
The third goal came from a Mulgrew corner, which was headed down by Victor Wanyama and nodded into the net by Hooper once more.
That came in 64 minutes and it was soon followed by a fourth - a wonderful run and finish by the substitute, Forrest, making his first appearance since October with his first goal of the season.
Hooper almost had his hat-trick with five minutes remaining, but his close-range lunge forced the ball against the woodwork.
Shortly afterwards, had a back-flick wound up in the net rather than in the arms of Brown, it would have been a fitting end to a splendid Celtic move.
|Mark Brown (GK)||31||7||-||7||-|
|Paul Lawson (sub)||28||4||-||170||15|
|Mark Corcoran (sub)||32||5||-||71||1|
|Gary Glen (sub)||22||13||1||13||1|
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