Scottish Premiership
Celtic1Ross County1

Celtic 1-1 Ross County

Leigh Griffiths celebrates his opener
Leigh Griffiths took his goal tally for the season to 38 in a rare moment of quality for Celtic

Celtic stretched their lead at the top of the Premiership to nine points despite a dreary performance against Ross County at a subdued Parkhead.

Leigh Griffiths' 38th goal of the season put the champions ahead.

But Stewart Murdoch's 64th-minute strike from the edge of the box gave Jim McIntyre's team a deserved point.

Sections of the home support unveiled anti-board banners before kick-off and the mood inside the stadium at the end was one of frustration and anger.

There was a brief flurry of boos on the full-time whistle, despite Celtic moving to within four points - three should be sufficient, given their vastly superior goal difference over Aberdeen - of securing a fifth league title in a row.

But there was no sign of a club on the cusp of a party on Sunday. County were the ones who left with smiles. They were alone in that.

'Desperately lacking in atmosphere and edge'

Griffiths scored midway through the opening half when County backed off him in the penalty area, almost inviting him to have a smack at goal. The striker took them up on their offer and promptly rifled his shot high past Scott Fox in the visitors' goal.

It was a rare moment of quality on a day that was low-key and desperately lacking in atmosphere, edge and decent football.

Patrick Roberts almost teed-up Tom Rogic for a second Celtic goal just before the half-hour, but the Australian blew his moment. Then it was County's turn to waste a chance - and a what a good one it was.

Liam Boyce had a prolific first half of the season but has had a barren second half, with only one goal since the turn of the year.

He had a great opportunity to double the 2016 total just before the break but he headed straight at Craig Gordon when anything to the left or right of the goalkeeper would surely have seen him score.

Stewart Murdoch thunders in the equaliser for Ross County against Celtic
Stewart Murdoch's strike from 25 yards brought County a deserved equaliser

Having spurned one good chance, County then failed to make the most of another shortly after the restart, Michael Gardyne volleying over from close-range.

Celtic had a few moments after that. A Griffiths free-kick, a Griffiths shot, a chance for Roberts. There was never really a sense that they had killed County off, though.

Alex Schalk gave them a fright when he went one-on-one with the exposed Charlie Mulgrew and fired just over. The equaliser came soon enough, Murdoch thumping his shot into the same corner of the net that Griffiths had found earlier in the game.

It was a deserved goal for County, an illustration of their mental strength and yet another indication of Celtic's awful vulnerability.

Further examples came in a flow. Nir Bitton earned hollers of scorn when scooping miles over from decent range, then Colin Kazim-Richards missed a glorious chance. The Turkish international has scored one goal in more than seven hours for Celtic - against East Kilbride.

County went close themselves when Schalk thundered in a shot that flew just past Gordon's post.

It ended in stalemate. A great point for the visitors. Another poor day for Celtic.

Line-ups

Celtic

  • 1Gordon
  • 23LustigBooked at 87mins
  • 28Sviatchenko
  • 21MulgrewSubstituted forAmbroseat 90'minutes
  • 63Tierney
  • 6Bitton
  • 8Brown
  • 27Roberts
  • 18RogicSubstituted forMcGregorat 65'minutes
  • 13Kazim-RichardsSubstituted forCommonsat 81'minutes
  • 9Griffiths

Substitutes

  • 4Ambrose
  • 14Armstrong
  • 15Commons
  • 16Mackay-Steven
  • 17Christie
  • 26Bailly
  • 42McGregor

Ross County

  • 1Fox
  • 2Fraser
  • 6Robertson
  • 43Quinn
  • 17FranksSubstituted forDe Vitaat 79'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 7Gardyne
  • 8McShane
  • 36Irvine
  • 18MurdochBooked at 68mins
  • 23SchalkSubstituted forGrahamat 90+2'minutes
  • 10BoyceSubstituted forGoodwillieat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Boyd
  • 9Graham
  • 19Dingwall
  • 21Woods
  • 24De Vita
  • 25Goodwillie
  • 44McLaughlin
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
41,396

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home18
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Celtic 1, Ross County 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celtic 1, Ross County 1.

Attempt blocked. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Brian Graham replaces Alex Schalk.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Efe Ambrose replaces Charlie Mulgrew because of an injury.

Booking

Mikael Lustig (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mikael Lustig (Celtic).

Alex Schalk (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Raffaele De Vita (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nir Bitton (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Raffaele De Vita (Ross County).

Attempt saved. Callum McGregor (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Hand ball by Raffaele De Vita (Ross County).

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

Foul by David Goodwillie (Ross County).

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Kris Commons replaces Colin Kazim-Richards.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Mikael Lustig.

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

Jackson Irvine (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Raffaele De Vita replaces Jonathan Franks.

Attempt missed. Colin Kazim-Richards (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Nir Bitton (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

David Goodwillie (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Colin Kazim-Richards (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jackson Irvine (Ross County).

Attempt missed. David Goodwillie (Ross County) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Nir Bitton (Celtic).

Alex Schalk (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Stewart Murdoch (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Patrick Roberts (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Stewart Murdoch (Ross County).

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Callum McGregor replaces Tomas Rogic.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 1, Ross County 1. Stewart Murdoch (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Charlie Mulgrew.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic34238379265377
2Aberdeen34215856391768
3Hearts34179854342060
4Motherwell34145154249-747
5St Johnstone34137145151046
6Ross County34135164956-744
7Dundee341014105050044
8Inverness CT341110134344-143
9Partick Thistle34118153341-841
10Hamilton34109153956-1739
11Kilmarnock3488183457-2332
12Dundee Utd3466223461-2724
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