Ross County 0-4 Celtic: Craig Gordon was reckless, says Jim McIntyre

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Craig Gordon was booked for his challenge on Liam Boyce

Jim McIntyre was upset by a "reckless" challenge by goalkeeper Craig Gordon in Ross County's 4-0 defeat by Celtic.

Gordon was booked after colliding with County's Liam Boyce just outside the penalty area as Celtic led 1-0.

"I think it's high, it's reckless," said McIntyre. "If it's an outfield player he might be going off the park."

However, Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers said: "He's jumped and mistimed it. The ball's going away from the goal. It was a good decision by the referee."

McIntyre said the incident was "the second time he's dodged a bullet against us", adding: "He had one last year at Parkhead on Jackson Irvine."

Of the game, McIntyre was pleased with how his side had competed for long spells, Celtic scoring three late goals after their third-minute opener in Dingwall.

"We were well in the game," McIntyre told BBC Scotland. "We made good opportunities to score. Celtic have shown how clinical they can be.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers
Celtic remain unbeaten domestically under Rodgers

"We've certainly done a lot of things right on the night. The players were excellent. We got off to the worst possible start but the reaction to that start was excellent from us.

"The players were brave. We were far more like ourselves. It's been a few weeks since we've created so many chances.

"That level of performance and intensity, if we can produce that on a more regular basis, which I know we can, then the players should take real belief from that."

'A very tough game'

Roberts fired Celtic in front and strikes by Stuart Armstrong, Scott Sinclair and Moussa Dembele rounded off an eighth Premiership win out of nine for Rodgers' side, who went seven points clear at the top.

"It was a great victory, it was a very tough game for us," added Rodgers, who made eight changes to his starting line up. "Ross County are one of the best teams we've played.

"Our attacking play was very strong, defensively we were excellent as well. Give credit to Ross County because they made it a very difficult.

"Good teams start quick and finish strong and we did. We had a real good start to the game.

"Again our fitness comes into the game. Our physicality, the intensity and tempo obviously gets us the goals late on.

"We still need to improve but I'm pleased with the mentality of the players. We showed that collective hunger within the team and we've just got to keep pushing."

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