Not the best game I have seen but with the league won, players injured and 2 academy players starting it probably wasn’t going to be the goal feast we all wanted, Ross County need points remember so they had something to fight for, I think in the end 1-1 was fair but we may have edged it on possession and shots
Celtic started ok and should have took the lead early on with half chances from Stokes and a shot from the edge of the box from Johansen. But with 15 minutes played Scott Brown gave away the ball very cheaply, County pounced, one pass, one shot and 1-0 Ross County, to be fair a good finish but very poor from Brown who wasn’t anywhere near his best today but he was in good company in today’s game
After losing the goal Celtic upped the tempo, on the 20 minute mark Stokes had a shot on the edge of the box but it went right at the keeper, 3 minutes later it could have been 2-0 to County when Melvin De Leeuw screwed his shot over the bar from 6 yards out. A few minutes later Carey missed another chance for County as they had a long spell of possession
Just as it looked like being one of these days up stepped Kris Commons, he wasn’t near superb today but he got his goal. Johansen won the ball brilliantly just in the County half ran 10 yards with it played it to Griffiths who shot and it was flying in the back post, Brown in goal could only parry it down the way and Commons slid in to tie the game 1-1, Celtic had one more shot on goal when Stokes shot right at the keeper, 1-1 at half time and we all hoped for a better 2nd half
The 2nd half was seconds old, we won a corner it was played to the feet of Ambrose 10 yards out, his shot hit a County player and feel at the feet of Henderson but his shot flew high and wide.
Just after the hour mark Commons made way for Samaras who to be fair did nothing, the league is won, the game is over but I wouldn’t take Commons off the park at 1-1 ever, maybe just me. Within 5 minutes of being on the park Samaras gave the ball away or played a stray pass
The highlight for me today was the introduction of Academy centre half Eoghan O Connell, the 18 year old sailed through the game along with 17 year old Liam Henderson who got his 1st goal in the midweek 5-1 championship clinching win away to Partick Thistle.
County came close to getting a 2-1 win when a long Carey shot hit Forster’s right hand post, but Celtic left it late to show any real urgency with Van Dijk playing up-front the last 5 minutes. I really do wonder why Balde wasn’t given a good 20 minutes today ahead of Samaras, a player who doesn’t want to remain at the club, well at this stage anyway
In the end 1-1 was fair, the players walked around the park, most of the fans stayed behind an extra 20 minutes to applaud the side, most players had their kids with them and Griffiths kids spent a good 10 minutes scoring about 20 goals at the Jock Stein end of the park. All in a game we will forget with ease but a game we seen another glimpse of what the Academy is producing
Man of the match – For me Johansen, tons of energy, created the goal and was all over the park
Till next time #HH