Anthony Ralston scored a header in the last minute to help Celtic produce one of the narrow football scores of the midweek action in the Scottish Premiership. Liel Abada scored his fourth goal of the season to put Celtic ahead before Jack Baldwin equalized for the hosts in the 57th minute. Carl Starfelt was shown a second yellow card and his marching orders in the 79th minute. The visitors did not give up and were rewarded in the 97th minute when Ralston rose highest to head home.
Ross County: Maynard-Brewer (7), Clarke (6), Watson (7), Baldwin (8), Vokins (7), Harrison Paton (7), Tillson (6), Hungbo (6), Spittal (6), Charles-Cook (6), Callachan (6).
Subs: Dominic Samuel (6), Burroughs (6).
Celtic: Hart (6), Juranovic (7), Carter-Vickers (6), Starfelt (6), Scales (7), McGregor (7), Bitton (7), Ralston (8), Abada (7), Turnbull (7), Montgomery (6).
Subs: Rogic (6), Moffat (n/a).
Man of the match: Anthony Ralston.
Ross County boss Malky Mackay: “In one sense, that they scored in the seventh minute of added-on time, I don’t know how that happened. I didn’t want to ask the referee anything because that will cause me problems and put me into trouble if I say one more word to him. Seven minutes is interesting. It felt at one point as if we were playing until they scored. Proud that our players enacted the game plan and ran Celtic as close as they did.”
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou: “I’m super proud of them, really happy they got their rewards in the end. They had to put up with a lot of adversity but a testament to spirit and composure and character they kept playing their football and got a deserved winning goal.”
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