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  • 5 Quick-Fire Talking Points from Ross County win

    5 Quick-Fire Talking Points from Ross County win

    By: Joe Donnelly on 01 Dec, 2019 14:30

  • ONCE more, Neil Lennon’s Celtic showed little signs of a European hangover by returning to domestic duties with a win. Ross County were on the receiving end of 4-1 defeat this time round, with Ryan Christie (x2), Tom Rogic and Mikey Johnston the scorers.

    Here, we look at five talking points from a confident display and well-earned three points in Dingwall...

    CAPTAIN EVERYWHERE
    He might be 34-years-old, but Scott Brown plays with the energy and enthusiasm of a player 10 years his junior. His passing, vision, movement and directness was second to none from start to finish against Ross County, as was his communication with his peers from back to front. A typically tireless and combative performance from Celtic’s commander-in-chief.  

    CHRISTIE CLEAR
    The form Ryan Christie has showed this side of the year has left us short of superlatives to describe his game. While missing an early penalty – credit to Nathan Baxter for the save – he made no mistake with the follow-up to fire the visitors in front, before going on to double their lead. Now with 15 goals to his name this campaign so far, the 24-year-old attacker has made it clear he keeps his personal targets to himself. As it stands, who knows where that tally will sit come summertime next year.   

    AJER RIGHT
    Alongside his central counterpart Christopher Jullien, Kris Ajer enjoyed a solid afternoon in the heart of the Hoops defence. So often the spare man when the home side sat deep, the Norwegian was able to stride forward in possession to help the Scottish champions in attack – which he did with aplomb to assist Ryan Christie for Celtic’s second of the day.

    INVALUABLE CAL
    When Callum McGregor plays with flair, he’s a joy to watch. But he does so much for Celtic off-the-ball that can sometimes go unnoticed. Be it covering for Scott Brown when he moves further up the pitch, tracking men in defence or pulling players out of position in order to help his colleagues manipulate space in the final third, his less obvious contributions cannot be praised enough. Unlucky not to score with a second-half shot off the post, but a fine performance nevertheless.  

    MAGIC JOHNSTON
    Mikey Johnston returned to action in midweek following injury with a goal against Rennes in the UEFA Europa League. Just one minute after replacing Tom Rogic against Ross County this afternoon, he’d converted again – this time following a wonderful Greg Taylor through-ball, some top-class close control and a mouth-watering finish in front of goal. Back with a bang feels like an understatement. Mikey is flying!

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