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Ross County 0-5 Celtic

  • Stokes nets twice as Celtic rout Ross County
  • Champions now six points behind leaders Hamilton
  • County remain bottom of the Premiership table

Anthony Stokes scored a double as Celtic crushed Ross County to get back to winning ways.

The champions were out of sight by the break thanks to goals from John Guidetti, Callum McGregor, Stokes and Jason Denayer.

Stokes doubled his tally with an excellent shot from distance.

The win is a welcome boost for Celtic manager Ronny Deila, after his side lost 1-0 at home to Hamilton last time out in the league.

Rock bottom County went into the game on four points, but had gathered those from their previous two games - a 1-1 draw with Highland rivals Inverness and a 2-1 win over Dundee.

Celtic settled quicker, though, and hit the front with their first sight of goal.

Stokes floated a free-kick into the area and Charlie Mulgrew's deflected header fell perfectly for Guidetti to beat goalkeeper Mark Brown from close range.

Striker John Guidetti celebrates after opening the scoring for Celtic away to Ross County
Striker John Guidetti celebrates after opening the scoring for Celtic away to Ross County

It was soon 2-0 when Johansen drifted a great ball into Guidetti on the right and the Swede's centre was tucked away by McGregor.

Guidetti went close to his second after a sublime reverse pass from Stefan Johansen freed him in the box, but the striker's effort went narrowly wide.

The third soon arrived as the impressive Johansen broke away and slipped in Stokes, who curled the ball beyond Brown from 18 yards.

County boss Jim McIntyre hauled off defender Darren Barr with forward Michael Gardyne sent on, but a seemingly hopeless cause was lost soon after.

Johansen's corner dropped to Mikael Lustig at the back post and after Brown kept out his effort, Denayer poked the rebound into the roof of the net.

Johansen looked certain to grab the goal his first-half display deserved but his shot was cleared off the line by Staggies defender Scott Boyd.

Celtic's Emilio Izaguirre was carried off at the start of the second half after a challenge from Gardyne, with Adam Matthews coming on.

Anthony Stokes makes it 3-0 to Celtic with a fine curling effort from the edge of the box
Anthony Stokes makes it 3-0 to Celtic with a fine curling effort from the edge of the box

And Stokes made it 5-0 with a 20-yard rocket that hit Brown's right-hand post on its way in.

Gardyne offered the hosts hope of a consolation goal with some bright forward play, dragging one effort wide before smacking the ball off Gordon's left-hand post with a fine strike from distance.

McGregor and substitute Stefan Scepovic passed up chances to add goal number six.

The win sets the champions up nicely for their Europa League meeting with Romanians Astra on Thursday.

Line-ups

Ross County

  • 21Brown
  • 25Toshney
  • 5BoydSubstituted forQuinnat 46'minutes
  • 18Frempah
  • 23Carey
  • 8Brittain
  • 31Dunfield
  • 13BarrSubstituted forGardyneat 31'minutes
  • 7Cardle
  • 10Kiss
  • 15ArquinSubstituted forJervisat 46'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Reguero
  • 9Jervis
  • 14Maatsen
  • 16Boyce
  • 17Ross
  • 40Gardyne
  • 43Quinn

Celtic

  • 26Gordon
  • 23LustigSubstituted forBittonat 60'minutes
  • 22Denayer
  • 5van Dijk
  • 3IzaguirreSubstituted forMatthewsat 53'minutes
  • 42McGregor
  • 8Brown
  • 25Johansen
  • 21Mulgrew
  • 10Stokes
  • 9GuidettiSubstituted forScepovicat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Matthews
  • 4Ambrose
  • 6Bitton
  • 12Scepovic
  • 24Zaluska
  • 28Griffiths
  • 32Wakaso
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
5,693

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home5
Away12
Shots on Target
Home0
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away10
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Ross County 0, Celtic 5.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ross County 0, Celtic 5.

Foul by Anthony Stokes (Celtic).

Terry Dunfield (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stefan Scepovic (Celtic).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Paul Quinn replaces Scott Boyd.

Attempt missed. Stefan Scepovic (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Mark Brown.

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

Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Filip Kiss (Ross County).

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Lewis Toshney.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Michael Gardyne.

Anthony Stokes (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lewis Toshney (Ross County).

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Lewis Toshney.

Foul by Callum McGregor (Celtic).

Jake Jervis (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Michael Gardyne (Ross County).

Michael Gardyne (Ross County) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Stefan Scepovic replaces John Guidetti.

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

Joe Cardle (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Stefan Johansen (Celtic).

Attempt missed. Joe Cardle (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Nir Bitton (Celtic).

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

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Scott Boyd.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Nir Bitton replaces Mikael Lustig.

Attempt missed. Filip Kiss (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 0, Celtic 5. Anthony Stokes (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Brown.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Graham Carey.

Attempt missed. Michael Gardyne (Ross County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Michael Gardyne (Ross County).

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Adam Matthews replaces Emilio Izaguirre because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Jake Jervis replaces Yoann Arquin.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hamilton107211951423
2Dundee Utd107121912722
3Inverness CT10622148620
4Kilmarnock10622148620
5Celtic95222071317
6Aberdeen105141615116
7Dundee103431213-113
8Partick Thistle93151313010
9St Johnstone10307714-79
10St Mirren10217816-87
11Motherwell10217618-127
12Ross County10118726-194
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