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Summary

  1. Tom Rogic gives Celtic the lead
  2. Leigh Griffiths (2) & Nir Bitton add to tally
  3. Tony Dingwall replies for County
  4. Celtic secure fifth straight Premiership win
  5. Celtic stretch lead to six points

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

Thanks for your company today as Celtic re-established their six-point lead at the top of the Premiership while Ross County were drowned in a flood of goals in the Dingwall downpour.

FT: Ross County 1-4 Celtic

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Martin Dowden's impression of the game in his match report from Victoria Park.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila on BBC Radio Scotland

"Ross County had one header and that was a big one, but they did not have many chances in the first half.

"In the second half, they had some more, but we produced a lot as well and scored four beautiful goals.

"Three days after losing in Europe, that is a big one.

"We did our job, scored four goals, nice goals as well, and that is the important thing, so there are positives there."

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre on BBC Radio Scotland

"I think that's the story of the match for me.

"We had our chances and we've not been ruthless while Celtic took theirs.

"That's been the story for the last three or four weeks even when we've been winning.

"The conditions were tricky for both sides, but you have to defend properly and I don't think we did that.

"4-1 was harsh on us, but that's what happens when you don't take your chances."

Tony Dingwall scores for Ross County
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Tony Dingwall scored Ross County's goal against Celtic

BBC Radio Scotland pundit Mark Wilson

"Celtic have a guy bang on form in Griffiths who looks like he'll bang them in every time.

"And James Forrest came out in the second half, was a different player and things started to open up."

BBC Radio Scotland pundit Mark Wilson

"County did okay in the first half and created some chances.

"It took a moment of brilliance from Rogic to break the deadlock."

Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic on BBC Radio Scotland

"It was great. It was obviously important to bounce back.

"We are in this together and it is up to us to turn things around in Europe.

"It is a tough place to come up here.

"It was frustrating in midweek as we did not perform to the level we know we can.

"I'm enjoying my football and being in the side."

FT: Ross County 1-4 Celtic

There was no doubting that Celtic deserved their victory, but County had their chances and showed visiting manager Ronny Deila where his problems lie - as if he did not know.

In European football, opponents will take the kind of opportunities Celtic appear unable to prevent - and that is why they are on the brink of elimination from the Europa League.

FT: Ross County 1-4 Celtic

Celtic stretch their lead over Hearts at the top of the Premiership to six points, while County remain four points behind St Johnstone in fifth.

Ross County 1-4 Celtic

Craig Gordon is there again to prevent County reducing the deficit, the goalkeeper saving from a shot on the turn by Chris Robertson.

Ross County 1-4 Celtic

Substitute Callum McGregor, who replaced Tom Rogic, fires a powerful drive towards the County goal, but goalkeeper Chris Woods parries the ball in the air and gathers.

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Max Baggins-Craig: "What a cracking game this is & what a season start from Griffiths, surely top scorer - only logical outcome."

BBC Radio Scotland pundit Barry Wilson

"Celtic have got their composure back. They lost it for five minutes, but they've got it back now and you fancy them to go on and score again."

Ross County 1-4 Celtic

It is Stuart Armstrong's turn to have a pot shot at the County goal, but his long-range effort is well held by Gary Woods.

Leigh Griffiths celebrates scoring for Celtic
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Leigh Griffiths has scored twice for Celtic in Dingwall

Ross County 1-4 Celtic

There's to be no debut for Carlton Cole as Nadir Ciftci is the one to replace two-goal Leigh Griffiths up front for Celtic.

GOAL

Ross County 1-4 Celtic (Nir Bitton)

Celtic must have killed off the game now as Nir Bitton glances a header at the front post and it loops past goalkeeper Gary Woods.

Martin Dowden

BBC Scotland in Dingwall

"Once again, the Celtic defence looked fragile as they offered remote hope to their hosts. Ronny Deila's side have looked far more threatening in this second half though, with purpose and cutting edge that utterly ripped the County defence apart.

"That's the danger for Jim McIntyre. If he throws caution to the wind, the opposition defence may crack, but the flip side is Celtic could go on and inflict a heavy defeat."

Ross County 1-3 Celtic

It is Tom Rogic's turn to try to add to his tally, but Gary Woods gets down well to hold the Celtic midfielder's drive.

Ross County 1-3 Celtic

Leigh Griffiths is chasing a hat-trick and stings the hands of Gary Woods with thundering drive from 20 yards that the goalkeeper gathers at the second attempt.

Ross County 1-3 Celtic

Celtic replace Stefan Johansen with Gary Mack-Steven as they make a midfield switch.

Ross County 1-3 Celtic

Only a great save from Craig Gordon prevents County from reducing the arrears further, the goalkeeper turning the ball over the crossbar after Alex Schalk and Jackson Irvine combine to head on from a free-kick into the penalty box.

Schalk had come on for fellow striker Liam Boyce moments earlier.

Ross County 1-3 Celtic

By the way, during that flurry of goals and chances, County's Liam Boyce was booked while striker Craig Curran replaced injured midfielder Ian McShane.

Ross County 1-3 Celtic

County had been threatening shortly before that goal, with Michael Gardyne forcing a save from Craig Gordon and then Jackson Irvine and Scott Boyd both firing wide.

Right enough, James Forrest had also flashed a low drive wide at the other end in what has become an thrilling end-to-end encounter.

GOAL

Ross County 1-3 Celtic (Tony Dingwall)

County give themselves a lifeline as they Tony Dingwall strikes in Dingwall. The midfielder pounces as Celtic fair to clear inside their penalty box and the 21-year-old supplies a composed finish from 15 yards.

GOAL

Ross County 0-3 Celtic (Leigh Griffiths)

A nightmare couple of minutes for Scott Boyd as the County defender is left for dead by the pace of James Forrest and the winger finds Leigh Griffiths at the back post.

The Scotland striker is in clinical form and flashes his shot high into the net from 12 yards.

GOAL

Ross County 0-2 Celtic (Leigh Griffiths)

Scott Boyd slips inside the penalty box and Leigh Griffiths makes the County defender pay with curling drive into the far corner of the net from 16 yards.

BBC Radio Scotland pundit Barry Wilson

Ross County 0-1 Celtic

"It's been a really positive start to the second half for Celtic. They are playing the ball about sharply."

Ross County 0-1 Celtic

Leigh Griffiths finds room for himself inside the County penalty box and the Scotland striker's snap shot stings the hands of goalkeeper Gary Woods, who manages to beat the ball away.

Ross County 0-1 Celtic

County immediately threaten and Ian McShane crashes into the advancing Craig Gordon as Liam Boyce sets up the midfielder inside the penalty box. A better touch and the goalkeeper would not have been able to make that block to turn the ball wide.

KICK-OFF

Ross County 0-1 Celtic

County get the second half underway and will be hoping for a bit more action down the Celtic end this half.

Magic Rogic

Tom Rogic has been filling the Kris Commons role in an advanced midfield role just behind striker Leigh Griffiths.

The 22-year-old Australian's fourth goal of the season suggests he could be a potential permanent successor to the former Scotland man, who is now the wrong side of 30 and who recently had a bit of a run-in with the Celtic coaching staff.

BBC Radio Scotland pundit Barry Wilson

"Every time Ross County have put a cross into the box, they've looked dangerous. That has got to be a concern for Celtic. In saying that, I would like County to come out and force Celtic to make mistakes. One great strike and all their good work has been undone."

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Tom Rogic celebrates giving Celtic the lead
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Tom Rogic gave Celtic the lead at Victoria Park

BBC Radio Scotland pundit Mark Wilson

"Celtic have had most possession, but I wouldn't say they have had very much going forward, so I don't know whether you can say they deserve to be ahead. Ross County have adopted similar tactics to Molde and trying to catch Celtic on the break."

Martin Dowden

BBC Scotland in Dingwall

"Perhaps a lesson on the importance of taking your chance against a side like Celtic. Boyce might not get a better one than his close-range effort, but the individual brilliance required to break the home side down was superbly delivered by the left foot of Rogic. County's conundrum is whether they open up slightly or hang in until late on, when they might snatch an equaliser. They remain a threat from set-pieces and will hope the Celtic defence reverts to some of the recent uncertainty they've shown."

HT: Ross County 0-1 Celtic

Celtic probably deserve their lead due to the amount of possession they enjoyed. However, County will rue missing the two best chances before Tom Rogic broke the deadlock.

Ross County 0-1 Celtic

County are rocking and a Stefan Johansen drive skids across the wet surface before being smothered by goalkeeper Gary Woods.

GOAL

Ross County 0-1 Celtic (Tom Rogic)

Tom Rogic said last week he was hoping for a new contract now that he has become more of a regular in the Celtic side and the Australia midfielder makes his case stronger with a thrusting run towards the edge of the County penalty area before delivering a dipping drive into the far corner of the net.