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Summary

  1. Brown red carded for late tackle on Boyce
  2. Boyce levels from spot after Schalk 'dive' for penalty
  3. Solo finish from substitute Roberts makes it 2-1
  4. Superb Gardyne header draws County level
  5. Tierney drive from 25 yards put Celtic ahead
  6. Celtic now unbeaten in 40 domestic games this season
  7. County move three points clear of relegation play-off spot

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By Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

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FT: Ross County 2-2 Celtic

I'll leave you with this image of the melee that followed Scott Brown's red card challenge on Liam Boyce.

It sums up the madness of the last few moments in Dingwall.

A valuable point for County but the penalty for the late equaliser was just ridiculous - as was Brown's ugly challenge.

Tune into Sportscene (BBC Two Scotland at 18:00) to see the action.

Enjoy the rest of your Easter Sunday...

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It was a bad challenge - Boyce

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Ross County goal hero Liam Boyce on BBC Sportsound:

"The Celtic players were all crowding round the ball and trying to delay it [the penalty] a bit and put pressure on but I was always thinking about sticking it to the bottom left."

On the red card for Scott Brown...

"I was waiting on the challenge coming, trying to buy us a free kick to take the pressure off. I didn't realise how strong he was coming in and thankfully my leg wasn't planted on the ground.

"It was a bad challenge - he caught me high up on the shin and it's swollen now. But listen, it happens in games. I caught him just before."

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Pundits Steven Thompson and Michael Stewart will be reviewing the weekend action on Sportscene (BBC Two Scotland from 18:00). The last few minutes of today's game will no doubt feature prominently.

They will also be taking a look at Motherwell's third goal yesterday. Did it cross the line? 

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Steven Thompson

Former Scotland striker on BBC Sportsound

"It's the worst dive I've ever seen in all my years watching football. It's an absolute embarrassment

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Pat Bonner

Former Celtic goalkeeper on BBC Sportsound

There was a lack of responsibility from Scott Brown. That was the young Scott Brown, not the experienced player he is today

Penalty a 'horrendous decision' - Rodgers

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers talking to BBC Sportsound

"It's a very disappointing end to a game we dominated throughout.

"We had good control and then the points are taken from us by a horrendous decision. I've seen some bad decisions up here but that's one of the worst.

"Referees have a tough job but I don't know what he was seeing. The linesman needs to help him or else why are they there?

"There's no way Erik Sviatchenko makes any attempt to get the ball."

'I can understand Celtic's anger and disappointment'

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Ross County manager Jim McIntyre talking to BBC Sportsound: 

"Obviously the penalty is the key talking point, followed by Scott Brown's red card.

"Alex is expecting contact and he's on his way down when the defender pulls out. It's not a penalty and I can fully understand Celtic's anger and disappointment.

"The red card is reckless and that's probably down to frustration with the referee. It's not a nice way for the game to end.

"I thought we were better in the second half in terms of laying a glove on Celtic higher up the pitch and we've picked up a great point."

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The TV is showing replay after replay of the penalty incident. It's such a blatant dive from Alex Schalk. The Celtic defender, Erik Sviatchenko, is not even close to him.

It's an appalling blunder from the officials.

Will the SFA take retrospective action against the County forward?

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Brendan Loftus:  Absolute disgrace. The diving player should be suspended himself for bringing the game into disrepute & as far as the ref is concerned, back to lower leagues for him.  

Colm Kilbane: The only way to get rid of diving is for people to put pressure on the diver, not the referee. 

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Brown likely to miss Old Firm semi-final

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This was the wild sliding challenge from Scott Brown that felled Liam Boyce and resulted in a straight red card for the Celtic midfielder.

Perhaps more importantly, the nature of the challenge is likely to deprive the Premiership champions of their captain for Sunday's Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers.

If referee Don Robertson deems the moment of recklessness to be violent conduct, Brown will be unavailable for the Hampden showdown.

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Scott Brown lunges in on Liam Boyce, receiving a straight red card for the tackle

'Five cup finals' to come for County

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Ross County midfielder Michael Gardyne on BBC Sportsound:

"It's a massive point. We need to take confidence from this into the last five games of the season.

"We had a good shape in the first half but we didn't do enough on the ball. In the second half we got more crosses into the box and got our rewards.

"We'll enjoy a wee break and then it's five cup finals. If we play like we did today, we'll be fine."

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It appears Liam Boyce was among a host of players booked in the closing stages and that means he will be suspended for the Highland derby on 28 April.

'Brown's absolutely lunged in'

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Barry Wilson

BBC Scotland at Victoria Park

"It started earlier between Boyce and Brown. Boyce had a little niggle at Brown, who then kicked out. Referee Don Robertson didn’t do anything about the kick-out, and then Brown’s absolutely lunged in from nowhere on Boyce. Robertson had no option but to produce the red card."

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A big point for Ross County, who stay eighth in the table and pull three points away from the play-off place.

Huge controversy surrounding the late penalty.

Referee Don Robertson is going to be embarrassed when he sees it.

RED CARD

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Ridiculous... Scott Brown is sent off for a horrible lunge on County goalscorer on Liam Boyce.

Does that mean the Celtic captain is suspended for next weekend's Scottish Cup semi final?

'That was an absolute dive'

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Pat Bonner

Former Celtic goalkeeper on BBC Sportsound

"That was an absolute dive, there’s no question. The referee has got that totally, totally wrong and he’s in a good position to see it."

GOAL Ross County 2-2 Celtic

Liam Boyce

The Celtic players are appalled as Alex Schalk takes a dive under pressure from Erik Sviatchenko and Don Robertson points to the spot.

After a long delay, Liam Boyce keeps a cool head and clips the ball in the opposite direction of the diving Craig Gordon.

PENALTY

Ross County 1-2 Celtic

Alex Schalk goes down. No contact whatsoever...

HITS THE WOODWORK

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Stuart Armstrong lines up a free kick from 20 yards. The Celtic midfielder gets it up and over the defensive wall but it cracks off the crossbar, with Scott Fox grasping at fresh air.

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County make that second change, with Christopher Routis on for an absolutely knackered Jim O'Brien.

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Leigh Griffiths pings in a free-kick from near the left corner of the penalty area. It's right at Scott Fox but again the keeper has a wee fumble at it before getting the ball under control.

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Full-back Reghan Tumilty, who has done well on his first County start, is replaced by striker Alex Schalk.

Christopher Routis is also ready to come on for the home side.

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Celtic are slowing things right down, stroking the ball around, with County not chasing with the same level of enthusiasm now.

GOAL Ross County 1-2 Celtic

Patrick Roberts

Does that count as three nutmegs?

Patrick Roberts sticks the ball through the legs of Kenny van der Weg to cut into the box from the right, then his low, angled shot goes through the legs of Marcus Fraser and right through Scott Fox at his near post.

A very poor effort from the keeper...

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Leigh Griffiths lets fly with a dipping shot from the edge of the box and Scott Fox gives the home fans a fright, fumbling before clutching the ball with a relieved puff of the cheeks.

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Celtic are seeing more of the ball again, stretching play from flank to flank, but County are packing men behind the ball and working ever so hard to close their opponents down.

Ouch!

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County are temporarily down to 10 men as a winded Liam Boyce is led off the field after a clattering challenge from Erik Sviatchenko.

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Another change for Celtic. Patrick Roberts on for James Forrest.

Glee for Gardyne

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Michael Gardyne's first goal of the season - a fine header - has given Ross County a real lift. The hosts were not in the game at all before the interval.

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Michael Gardyne headed Ross County level against Celtic

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Celtic are struggling to find any fluency in their passing now, with skipper Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong both guilty of giving the ball away cheaply.

Celtic alter formation

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Some tactical changes from Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers.

Moussa Dembele and Tom Rogic, both returning from injuries, are replaced by Leigh Griffiths and Cristian Gamboa.

Looks like a traditional back four for the visitors now, with Gamboa taking over at right-back.

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Scott Sinclair works a crafty one-two with Moussa Dembele to surge into the County penalty area. Just when you think he's going to pull the trigger, he cuts back and slips, with the hosts able to scramble clear.

Crosses key for County

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Martin Dowden

BBC Sport Scotland at Victoria Park

County started this second half very positively and were rewarded for getting quality crosses in and crucially bodies in there to challenge.

It was a fantastic header from Michael Gardyne, his first goal of the season, but now County might believe the best form of defence is attack. They're causing all sorts of problems now with Andrew Davies also going close.

Results are pressing for County and they're pressing forward.

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Michael Gardyne does well to dig out a cross from near the corner flag on the right. Liam Boyce is well positioned at the near post but County's top scorer has a wild fresh air swipe, allowing Craig Gordon to snaffle the ball up.

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The home fans are finding their voice now as County win a couple of corners in quick succession.

Craig Gordon gathers and Andrew Davies header from the second after an awkward clearance from Jozo Simunovic had given him a scare from the first.

'What a fantastic header!'

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Barry Wilson

BBC Scotland at Victoria Park

"What a header! He’s not known for his heading ability, Michael Gardyne. Ryan Dow and Kenny van der Weg worked the break really well, and it's a great cross from Dow. Ross County have started the second half really positively, they’ve pressed a lot higher up, and it’s just a fantastic header by Gardyne."

GOAL Ross County 1-1 Celtic

Michael Gardyne

Ryan Dow cuts back on to his right foot and delivers a fabulous cross from the left, with Michael Gardyne rising to meet it near the penalty spot and the midfielder's sharp header flies past Craig Gordon to go in off the underside of the crossbar.

A top quality nod.

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The hosts are looking a bit livelier now as they snap into challenges much higher up the park.

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Celtic switch off from a throw-in and Ryan Dow has time and space to pick out a team-mate in the box. However, he can only float a dreadful cross into the arms of Craig Gordon.

KICK-OFF

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And we're off again.