Celtic celebrated a third successive league title, having been unable to deliver the type of result that has secured the Scottish Premiership.

Ross County must take credit for that, putting on a confident, bullish performance to earn a point.

Melvin de Leeuw fired them into an early lead, with a cool low finish.

Kris Commons knocked in the equaliser but despite spending most of the second half in the County half, Celtic were unable to find a winner.

It wasn't a bad performance by the champions, though it perhaps lacked the spark that might have been evident had there been more riding on the outcome.

Their bright start to the match yielded nothing in the way of goals and Ross County showed a considerably more clinical edge by burying their first opportunity of the afternoon.

Melvin de Leeuw and Graham Carey celebrate Ross County's opener at Celtic Park

De Leeuw and Carey celebrate Ross County's opener at Celtic Park

Graham Carey took advantage of slack play by Celtic inside their own half and the former Celtic player timed his pass to De Leeuw perfectly, allowing the striker to drill a shot low past Fraser Forster.

At this stage County did look like a side for whom the result mattered more, belying their status as a team fighting to avoid a relegation play-off.

But Celtic's front three of Leigh Griffiths, Anthony Stokes and Commons always looked capable of creating problems for the visitors' backline and so it was with the equaliser.

Griffiths was allowed time to line up a long-range shot and when it was spilled by Mark Brown, Commons - as he has been so often this season - was on hand to turn the rebound into the net.

And Griffiths might have given Celtic the lead before the interval, but for a timely challenge from Erik Cikos to divert the striker's shot over the bar.

Liam Henderson scored his first Celtic goal in the victory over Partick Thistle on Wednesday and almost doubled that tally at the outset of the second half.

Stefan Johansen had an age to pick him out at the back post but Henderson's header from a tight angle bounced back off the upright.

Celtic were utterly dominant possession-wise, but County were defending stoutly and offering the odd counter-attack to ensure the home fans' celebrations were kept on hold.

Indeed Carey almost dampened those celebrations further with a typically ambitious and venomous effort from 30 yards. With Forster flying to his right, the keeper would have been relieved to see the ball ricochet off the post.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Celtic

  • 01 Forster
  • 04 Ambrose Emuobo
  • 03 Izaguirre
  • 08 Brown
  • 34 O'Connell (Kayal - 73' )
  • 05 van Dijk
  • 53 Henderson
  • 25 Johansen Booked
  • 28 Griffiths (Pukki - 79' )
  • 15 Commons (Samaras - 67' )
  • 10 Stokes

Substitutes

  • 09 Samaras
  • 17 Balde
  • 20 Pukki
  • 24 Zaluska
  • 31 Herron
  • 33 Kayal
  • 44 Fraser

Ross County

  • 01 Brown
  • 02 Cikos
  • 26 Oikonomou Booked
  • 08 Brittain
  • 05 Boyd Booked
  • 28 Songo'o
  • 07 Kiss
  • 12 Tidser (Gordon - 87' )
  • 27 Arquin (Saunders - 87' )
  • 11 De Leeuw (Slew - 72' )
  • 23 Carey

Substitutes

  • 03 Gordon
  • 10 Quinn
  • 15 Glen
  • 21 McLean
  • 22 Saunders
  • 25 Slew
  • 42 McCarthy
Ref: John Beaton
Att: 49,270

Match Stats

Shots

12 6

On target

5 1

Corners

7 3

Fouls

16 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Celtic 1, Ross County 1.

90:00 +2:59 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Celtic 1, Ross County 1.

90:00 +0:28

Foul by Virgil van Dijk (Celtic).

90:00 +0:28

Scott Boyd (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00

Attempt missed. Evangelos Oikonomou (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

89:17

Attempt saved. Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

86:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Ben Gordon replaces Michael Tidser.

86:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Steven Saunders replaces Yoann Arquin.

86:00 Booking

Booking Stefan Johansen (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

86:00

Michael Tidser (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

85:56

Foul by Stefan Johansen (Celtic).

83:51

Foul by Georgios Samaras (Celtic).

83:51

Scott Boyd (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:06 Booking

Booking Evangelos Oikonomou (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

83:00

Liam Henderson (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:59

Foul by Evangelos Oikonomou (Ross County).

81:35

Graham Carey (Ross County) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

80:38

Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:38

Foul by Yoann Arquin (Ross County).

78:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Teemu Pukki replaces Leigh Griffiths.

78:11

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Beram Kayal.

76:34

Attempt missed. Liam Henderson (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

73:23

Foul by Anthony Stokes (Celtic).

73:23

Richard Brittain (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

72:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Beram Kayal replaces Eoghan O'Connell.

71:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Jordan Slew replaces Melvin De Leeuw.

71:47

Foul by Liam Henderson (Celtic).

71:47

Michael Tidser (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:07

Foul by Georgios Samaras (Celtic).

69:07

Erik Cikos (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:29

Foul by Liam Henderson (Celtic).

68:29

Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Georgios Samaras replaces Kris Commons.

66:14

Attempt missed. Liam Henderson (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

59:04

Foul by Leigh Griffiths (Celtic).

59:04

Erik Cikos (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:39

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Yann Songo'o.

56:47

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Yann Songo'o.

56:24

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Yoann Arquin.

55:34 Booking

Booking Scott Boyd (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

55:26

Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:26

Foul by Scott Boyd (Ross County).

50:41

Foul by Leigh Griffiths (Celtic).

50:41

Yann Songo'o (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

50:26

Liam Henderson (Celtic) hits the right post with a header from the right side of the six yard box.

49:45

Attempt saved. Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

45:43

Attempt missed. Liam Henderson (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

45:31

Attempt blocked. Efe Ambrose (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

45:00

Second Half begins Celtic 1, Ross County 1.

45:00 +2:16 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Celtic 1, Ross County 1.

45:00 +0:26

Eoghan O'Connell (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:26

Foul by Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County).

45:00 +0:14

Attempt saved. Anthony Stokes (Celtic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

44:42

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Erik Cikos.

39:32

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Erik Cikos.

39:22

Attempt blocked. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

39:00

Filip Kiss (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:55

Foul by Stefan Johansen (Celtic).

37:03

Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:03

Foul by Erik Cikos (Ross County).

34:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Celtic 1, Ross County 1. Kris Commons (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

30:55

Foul by Anthony Stokes (Celtic).

30:55

Erik Cikos (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:25

Attempt missed. Graham Carey (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

29:54

Foul by Virgil van Dijk (Celtic).

29:54

Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:45

Foul by Stefan Johansen (Celtic).

27:45

Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:20

Attempt missed. Graham Carey (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

25:29

Foul by Kris Commons (Celtic).

25:29

Richard Brittain (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:39

Foul by Stefan Johansen (Celtic).

23:39

Yann Songo'o (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

23:01

Attempt missed. Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

22:35

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Eoghan O'Connell.

20:46

Attempt saved. Anthony Stokes (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

20:07

Stefan Johansen (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:07

Foul by Yann Songo'o (Ross County).

15:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Celtic 0, Ross County 1. Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

13:47

Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

13:28

Anthony Stokes (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:28

Foul by Michael Tidser (Ross County).

11:03

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

9:42

Foul by Stefan Johansen (Celtic).

9:42

Filip Kiss (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

8:00

Stefan Johansen (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

7:59

Foul by Filip Kiss (Ross County).

6:47

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Scott Boyd.

2:44

Foul by Michael Tidser (Ross County).

2:44

Liam Henderson (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:29

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Yann Songo'o.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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