SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP: SATURDAY 18TH NOVEMBER; ROSS COUNTY 0 CELTIC 1 (GRIFFITHS 78’)
A brilliant free-kick by substitute Leigh Griffiths picked up the points for Celtic in a very poor game in Dingwall, which saw the Bhoys increase our unbeaten domestic run to 64 games.
Celtic played possibly their strongest team, with Brendan Rodgers resisting the idea of making changes, despite the games against PSG and Motherwell in the week ahead.
Gordon played in goals, with the usual back four of Lustig, Boyata, Bitton and Tierney all starting.
Armstrong and Brown were the midfield pair, with the idea that McGregor would join Forrest and Sinclair in supporting the lone striker Dembele.
The first-half was, in a word: poor. Celtic didn’t create a single shot on goal, most of the moves breaking down at the edge of the box against a Ross County side who were very well-drilled by Owen Coyle.
The only incident of note was a challenge on McGregor in the box which could have been given as a penalty.
Onto the second-half, and Celtic started a little brighter, with a Lustig flick into the side-netting then an actual shot on target from Dembele! Which was easily saved.
Brendan Rodgers wasn’t happy though and made changes, and one of them won the day.
The goal came in the 78th minute, Leigh Griffiths curling a beautiful free-kick from around thirty yards out into the corner of the net. A genuinely brilliant goal, and one not befitting of a truly awful match.
GOAL! 1-0 @Leighgriff09 pic.twitter.com/JbmZRFLJ3G— CelticGoals ☘ (@CelticGoals) November 18, 2017
The goal woke Celtic from our slumbers, and fellow sub Ntcham came close with an effort off the post but it was Griffiths who was the match-winner.
Brendan Rodgers will be concerned that so many players were below par today but most of all he’ll be delighted that Celtic managed to play poor and win - which is after all, the sign of Champions.
The win also saw Celtic increase our unbeaten domestic run to 64 games
It’s now onwards to Paris, as Celtic prepare to take on the mighty PSG on Wednesday night.