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Celtic restored their six-point lead over Rangers as they produced one of the comfortable football results of the weekend in the Scottish Premiership. Kyogo Furuhashi opened the scoring in the 12th minute before Jota sealed the three points in the 87th minute. It was Furuhashi’s first appearance since suffering an injury in December. It was an important result before the Old Firm Derby next weekend.

Managers Reaction 

Ross County’s Malky Mackay: “It was always going to be a tough game for us, playing the league leaders – and they are a good team. I thought, first half, we stayed in the game; they were pinging it around and I thought we stayed in the game well. I thought, second half, we came into it. I asked them to play a little bit higher and get balls in behind them and try and see what we could do from there. At that point, I thought we did, and I thought in the second half, we ended up having two or three chances and taking the game to them. But it’s a mark of where we have come to; we were playing against a very good team today.”

Celtic’s Ange Postecoglou: “It was a strong performance. We know it’s a difficult place to come and play and they are a hard team to break down. We probably should have put them away in the first half as we had enough opportunities, but to put in a strong performance, which was what we needed today, I thought the boys did well. They were solid defensively and they have some threats. Every chance they get, they’ll get the ball in the box, whether it’s a throw-in or a free-kick and they have got some big boys in there, so we had to deal with that. I thought we handled it really well today.”

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