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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

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    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.

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    FT: Ross County 1-4 Celtic

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

  3. 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."

  4. 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."

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    Tony Dingwall scores for Ross County
    Image caption: Tony Dingwall scored Ross County's goal against Celtic
  6. 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."

  7. 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."

  8. 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."

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  13. Get Involved #bbcfootscotland

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

  14. 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."

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    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.

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    Leigh Griffiths celebrates scoring for Celtic
    Image caption: Leigh Griffiths has scored twice for Celtic in Dingwall
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    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.

  18. 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.

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    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."

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    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.

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    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.

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    Ross County 1-3 Celtic

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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."

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    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.

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    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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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."

  35. Rogic roar

    Tom Rogic celebrates giving Celtic the lead
    Image caption: Tom Rogic gave Celtic the lead at Victoria Park
  36. 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."

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    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."

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    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.

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    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.

  40. 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.

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    Ross County 0-0 Celtic

    A bit of slackness and lack of decisiveness in the Celtic defence almost gives County a sight at goal. A quick throw from Richard Foster gives Liam Boyce the chance to drive into the area, where Nir Bitton appears to have it under control but has to rely on goalkeeper Craig Gordon to intervene.

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    Martin Dowden

    BBC Scotland in Dingwall

    "Exactly the start Jim McIntyre was looking for. Fairly comfortable at the back where their organisation and work rate is closing down key areas as Celtic try to penetrate. The visitors are dominating possession and territory, but County will feel they've had the chance of the match when Liam Boyce failed to hit the target with a close-range header."

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    Ross County 0-0 Celtic

    Leigh Griffiths almost makes County pay for failing to clear after a Tom Rogic cross is blocked inside the home penalty area. Fortunately for the Dingwall outfit, the striker's snap shot flashes across the face of goal and wide.

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    Celtic and Ross County players line up for the minute's silence in Dingwall
    Image caption: There was a minute's silence for Remembrance Day in Dingwall
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    Ross County 0-0 Celtic

    Much has been made of Celtic's vulnerability at set-pieces and County midfielder Martin Woods squanders a great chance to expose the Glasgow side again.

    However, despite being unmarked at the back post at a corner, he fluffs his shot from only eight yards.

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    Ross County 0-0 Celtic

    After a pretty even start, County are being pegged back into their own half, with Celtic probing for openings. The visitors have had 70% of possession.

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    Ross County 0-0 Celtic

    It's Tom Rogic's turn to try from distance, but the Celtic midfielder's drive from 18 yards flies a couple of feet over the crossbar. The visitors are inching closer to a breakthrough.

  48. Get Involved #bbcscotfootball

    Christopher Whyte: "'Rangers' being in the top flight doesn't create competition. The entire league set up needs to do it." So far, Ross County have not been swept aside by the leaders in Dingwall.

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    Ross County 0-0 Celtic

    James Forrest is next to try a pot shot from distance, but the Celtic winger drags the ball wide of the far post from the edge of the penalty area.

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    Ross County 0-0 Celtic

    Liam Boyce misses a great chance to put Ross County ahead as the striker is found by a Richard Foster cross. However, the striker heads wide from only eight yards.

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    Ross County 0-0 Celtic

    First shot on goal and Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths screws the ball wide after doing well to make room for himself 25 yards out.

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    Ross County 0-0 Celtic

    The heavens have opened in Dingwall. Will County have to withstand a torrent of Celtic attacks in the pouring rain? So far neither side has seriously threatened.

  53. Get Involved on BBC Scotland Facebook

    Alan Rankin: "Where has Janko disappeared to? I'd rather have him at full back with Lustig in at centre-back, than have Ambrose in the team." Former Manchester United defender Saidy Janko is not even on the bench today.

  54. KICK-OFF

    Sadly there were a few voices disrupting the silence, but most managed to keep maintain the hush before Celtic get the game underway.

  55. Minute of respect

    We are about to have a minute's silence for Remembrance Day.

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    A few minutes from kick-off now and the players are out on the pitch. Response is a bit muted - perhaps the wet conditions have dampened enthusiasm a bit.

  57. Get involved #bbcscotfootball

    Mark Fairfield: "Ronny either needs to change his formation and style of play or walk. Celtic should never play in Scotland with one striker." Then again, would it help if they then had to change their system back to one striker for Europe?

    MBEHAN: "Tierney should be playing and captain today after the Molde game as he was the only one who took responsibility."

    Max Baggins-Craig: "Celtic to be given a tough test by a determined Ross County - they'll struggle to keep Griffiths' quiet tho, he's on fire."

  58. Carlton the debut man?

    Celtic striker Carlton Cole warms up in Dingwall
    Image caption: Carlton Cole is on the bench for Celtic and the former West Ham and England striker could make his debut
  59. Griffiths prize guy

    Ross County will probably view Leigh Griffiths as the main threat in Dingwall today, the in-form Scotland striker who has just been named Scottish Premiership player of the month for October.

  60. Ross County manager Jim McIntyre on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We've lost our captain, so that is a big blow.

    "We've got to be tight and compact and try to create something on the break.

    "We've lost early goals against them in the past and we've got to guard against that.

    "But we are confident going into any game."

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    Ross County manager Jim McIntyre makes two changes, one of them forced.

    Scott Boyd starts in defence in place of captain Andrew Davies, who was stretchered off last weekend with a head knock.

    Ian McShane comes into midfield, with striker Tony Dingwall dropping to the bench, suggesting a more defensive formation is about to be adopted.

    Left-back Jamie Reckord continues on the sidelines along with goalkeeper Scott Fox.

  62. LINE-UPS

    Ross County: Gary Woods, Fraser, Robertson, Boyd, Foster, Martin Woods, Gardyne, Irvine, McShane, Dingwall, Boyce. Subs: Curran, Holden, Franks, Murdoch, Schalk, De Vita, Severn.

    Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Boyata, Ambrose, Izaguirre, Johansen, Bitton, Forrest, Rogic, Armstrong, Griffiths. Subs: Ciftci, Mackay-Steven, Allan, Cole, Bailly, McGregor, Tierney.

    Referee: Kevin Clancy

  63. Celtic manager Ronny Deila on BBC Radio Scotland

    "Kieran is so young and is very tired and has struggled with some cramps.

    "It is better that he can come on if we need him.

    "There is always pressure in this job, but we have to move on and learn from things.

    "We can still go through Europe, win the league and the cups as well.

    "I know we are going to reach our goals in the end.

    "This is one of the most difficult games in the league because they have done very well."

  64. Tierney drops out, Cole could debut from bench

    Celtic are without defender Jozo Simunovic and midfielder Kris Commons following injuries picked up against Molde, while Scotland midfielders Scott Brown and Charlie Mulgrew again miss out through injury.

    Efe Ambrose starts, probably in the hear of the defence, with James Forrest coming into midfield, while Kieran Tierney drops to the bench despite another critically acclaimed performance and Emilio Izaguirre returns at left-back.

    Recent signing Carlton Cole makes his first appearance on the Celtic bench and the former West Ham United and England striker could make his long-awaited debut.

  65. Post update

    For their part, Ross County are looking to keep pace with fourth-placed St Johnstone, who moved four points clear of the Dingwall side after their 2-1 win over Kilmarnock.

    Since drawing 3-3 with Dundee, County have had a sequence of lost-won-lost-won-lost, so will they continue the sequence with another win?

  66. Get Involved

    Ronny Deila was quoted in today's newspapers pointing out that he has had difficult times with his previous clubs, but he stressed that they stuck by him and he eventually led them to success. Meanwhile, Rangers manager Mark Warburton has said that Celtic would benefit in Europe from a better domestic challenge.

    Could Celtic even consider sacking Ronny Deila as manager with his team still having the chance of a domestic treble? Would Rangers help provide that greater domestic challenge should they win promotion from the Championship this season?

    Give me your thoughts on that, today's match or any other burning issues in Scottish football.

    Tweet us #bbcscotfootball or @CliveLindsayBBC, or on the BBC Sport Scotland Facebook page.

  67. Post update

    Celtic's home and away defeats by Molde in the Europa League have interrupted a run of four straight Premiership wins since being held to a 0-0 draw by Hearts.

    Indeed, Ronny Deila's side have gone eight domestic games without defeat since losing to Aberdeen on 12 September and can extend their lead at the top of the table to six points.

  68. Post update

    Despite Celtic's continued domestic dominance, pressure is mounting on manager Ronny Deila after Thursday's 2-1 defeat at home to Molde left the Norwegian's side bottom of Europa League Group A and in danger of failing to qualify for the last 32.

  69. Post update

    Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage as fifth-top Ross County entertain reigning champions and leaders Celtic in the Scottish Premiership.