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  • Date:29 Mar 2014
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Celtic Park
  • Attendance:49,270
  • Commons (34)
  • De Leeuw (15)
Goal!

Live Commentary

The final whistle goes and the game is over.

92:11 +2.11

The ball is swung over by Liam Henderson.

90:32 +0.32

Free kick taken by Mark Brown.

90:28 +0.28

Unfair challenge on Scott Boyd by Virgil van Dijk results in a free kick.

90:00

Shot by Evangelos Ikonomou cleared the crossbar.

89:17

Header at goal by Virgil van Dijk.

87:05

Evangelos Ikonomou takes the free kick.

86:37

Ben Gordon comes on in place of Michael Tidser.

86:24

Steven Saunders joins the action as a substitute, replacing Yoann Arquin.

85:56

Stefan Johansen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Tidser.

83:59

Free kick taken by Mark Brown.

83:51

Georgios Samaras challenges Scott Boyd unfairly and gives away a free kick.

83:06

Evangelos Ikonomou is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

82:59

Unfair challenge on Liam Henderson by Evangelos Ikonomou results in a free kick.

82:24

Clearance by Virgil van Dijk.

80:43

Free kick taken by Emilio Izaguirre.

80:38

Emilio Izaguirre fouled by Yoann Arquin, the ref awards a free kick.

78:43

Teemu Pukki joins the action as a substitute, replacing Leigh Griffiths.

78:15

Corner taken by Graham Carey from the left by-line.

77:21

Clearance made by Efe Ambrose.

73:28

Evangelos Ikonomou restarts play with the free kick.

73:23

Anthony Stokes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Brittain.

72:37

Beram Kayal joins the action as a substitute, replacing Eoghan O'Connell.

71:56

Melvin De Leeuw goes off and Jordan Slew comes on.

71:47

Liam Henderson challenges Michael Tidser unfairly and gives away a free kick.

69:35

Free kick taken by Mark Brown.

69:07

Georgios Samaras concedes a free kick for a foul on Erik Cikos.

68:35

Evangelos Ikonomou restarts play with the free kick.

68:29

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Melvin De Leeuw by Liam Henderson.

67:19

Clearance by Filip Kiss.

66:28

Georgios Samaras on for Kris Commons.

61:35

Leigh Griffiths crosses the ball.

59:04

Leigh Griffiths gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Erik Cikos.

58:49

Corner from the left by-line taken by Liam Henderson.

56:49

Corner taken by Anthony Stokes from the left by-line.

56:28

Corner from the right by-line taken by Kris Commons.

56:16

Free kick crossed by Kris Commons.

55:26

Leigh Griffiths fouled by Scott Boyd, the ref awards a free kick.

50:53

Scott Boyd restarts play with the free kick.

50:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Leigh Griffiths on Yann Songo'o.

50:26

Header by Liam Henderson hits the post.

47:18

Stefan Johansen delivers the ball.

46:35

Melvin De Leeuw makes a clearance.

The referee starts the second half.

It is the end of the first-half.

45:33 +0.33

Free kick taken by Virgil van Dijk.

45:31

Efe Ambrose takes a shot. Evangelos Ikonomou gets a block in.

45:26 +0.26

Melvin De Leeuw gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Eoghan O'Connell.

45:14 +0.14

Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Mark Brown catches the ball.

44:45

Corner from the left by-line taken by Emilio Izaguirre.

41:55

The ball is delivered by Anthony Stokes.

40:45

Free kick taken by Mark Brown.

39:22

Leigh Griffiths has an effort at goal. Blocked by Erik Cikos.

39:02

Free kick taken by Filip Kiss.

38:55

Stefan Johansen challenges Filip Kiss unfairly and gives away a free kick.

37:07

Emilio Izaguirre takes the free kick.

37:03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leigh Griffiths by Erik Cikos.

35:23

Erik Cikos manages to make a clearance.

31:40

Filip Kiss manages to make a clearance.

31:02

Free kick taken by Yann Songo'o.

30:55

Erik Cikos fouled by Anthony Stokes, the ref awards a free kick.

30:25

Graham Carey takes the free kick.

29:54

Virgil van Dijk concedes a free kick for a foul on Melvin De Leeuw.

28:20

Clearance made by Virgil van Dijk.

28:12

Free kick taken by Graham Carey.

27:45

Stefan Johansen challenges Melvin De Leeuw unfairly and gives away a free kick.

27:14

Clearance by Yann Songo'o.

26:13

Liam Henderson manages to make a clearance.

25:46

Yann Songo'o restarts play with the free kick.

25:29

Foul by Kris Commons on Richard Brittain, free kick awarded.

24:51

The ball is delivered by Liam Henderson.

23:39

Stefan Johansen challenges Yann Songo'o unfairly and gives away a free kick.

22:48

Corner from the right by-line taken by Graham Carey.

21:59

Clearance made by Virgil van Dijk.

20:44

Free kick taken by Anthony Stokes.

20:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Yann Songo'o on Stefan Johansen.

17:21

Virgil van Dijk manages to make a clearance.

15:09

Graham Carey crosses the ball.

13:34

Scott Brown takes the free kick.

13:28

Michael Tidser concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Stokes.

11:16

Corner taken by Graham Carey.

10:00

Yann Songo'o restarts play with the free kick.

9:42

Stefan Johansen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Filip Kiss.

8:11

Liam Henderson crosses the ball in from the free kick.

7:59

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stefan Johansen by Filip Kiss.

7:04

Clearance made by Yoann Arquin.

6:50

Corner taken by Kris Commons from the right by-line.

5:57

Richard Brittain manages to make a clearance.

2:57

Kris Commons restarts play with the free kick.

2:44

Michael Tidser concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Henderson.

2:04

Mark Brown makes a clearance.

1:39

Corner from the left by-line taken by Liam Henderson.

0:58

Emilio Izaguirre sends in a cross.

The referee gets the game started.

Match Preview

Lennon has eyes on world stage Neil Lennon will cast an eye on the World Cup in Brazil this summer in an attempt to find another gem like Emilio Izaguirre to bolster his Celtic team for next season. The 27-year-old Honduras left-back was signed from Motagua in his homeland in the wake of his displays at the World Cup in South Africa four years ago and has developed into an integral part of the Hoops' side. After Celtic clinched their third successive title with a 5-1 win over Partick Thistle at Firhill on Wednesday night, Lennon turned his attention to next season and what he will have to do to replenish his squad. The Northern Irishman admitted that "it is looking more and more likely" that Greece forward Georgios Samaras, who is out of contract at the end of the season "will be playing his football elsewhere," and there is speculation about the future of Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk and keeper Fraser Forster. However, Lennon knows where he might find replacements. Ahead of the visit of Ross County on Saturday, he said: "We watched Emilio at the World Cup in 2010, particularly against Spain and he played very well against Navas. "Obviously we decided to take him in and he has proved to be a very good buy for us. "So there is no question that the World Cup may come to our advantage but I am sure 100 per cent of all the managers will be saying the same thing. "I would like to go. The last one I went to, France 1998, the opening game of the World Cup was between Scotland and Brazil, so even though it is the other side of the world I may look at the opportunity of going at some stage to do some scouting." The former Celtic skipper is aware that his side's championship win, in the absence of traditional rivals Rangers who are making their way up through the leagues after falling into administration and liquidation, did not elicit widespread praise, particularly from south of the border. However, Lennon used an Andy Murray analogy to insist the Parkhead club's achievement should not be talked down. "Probably the overview isn't great because Rangers aren't here," he said. "That is a realism and there is nothing we can do about that. "But I don't like the word devalued or anything like that. "When Andy Murray won Wimbledon there was no Rafael Nadal so does that mean his Wimbledon title is devalued because the best player in the world wasn't at it? No, it doesn't. "Nor should it mean the same with the titles we win. "I think because we are the dominant team that what is overlooked is that we have some very good players here. "And every season throws up different challenges. "This year we sold some very good players and it was a challenge to replace them and I have not finished trying to do that. "But some of the players who have come in have definitely improved, particularly the second-half of the season." Adam Matthews is out for Celtic. The Wales defender sustained a hamstring injury on Wednesday night as the Hoops wrapped up the title, as did midfielder Charlie Mulgrew, who is doubtful. Graham Carey is looking to put a dampener on Celtic's title celebrations. A huge home crowd turn out in expected on Saturday to show their appreciation against a Staggies side who are in ninth place and battling to stay away from the relegation play-off spot. Carey, 24, who started his career at Celtic, is relishing the return to his former stomping ground and is keen to upset the odds. "These are the kind of games you want to play in," he said. "It will be a full house. "They scored five goals on Wednesday night so you can't really play with much more freedom but the shackles will be off them "They will be focused on the game. You can't play for Celtic if you can't focus on games like this. "They won't want to be losing on the day that the fans will come out. "They are going to get chances so we will need a bit of luck but hopefully we can get something from the game." Celtic hammered County 4-1 in Dingwall in November but Carey preferred to look back to the opening game of the season at Celtic Park when Derek Adams' men put up a much better show, despite going down 2-1 after taking an early lead through Darren Maatsen. The former Republic of Ireland Under-21 player, who joined the Staggies from St Mirren last summer, said: "We need to remember the game we played at Celtic Park when we were unlucky not to get something out of the match. "We need to take confidence from that. "We held on well but it was a set-piece that let us down." County boss Adams has an unchanged squad for the contest at Celtic Park.

Formation:433Manager: Neil Lennon

Celtic

Formation: 442Manager: Derek Adams

Ross County

  • Fraser Forster
  • Efe Ambrose
  • Eoghan O'Connell
  • Virgil van Dijk
  • Emilio Izaguirre
  • Liam Henderson
  • Scott Brown
  • Stefan Johansen
  • Kris Commons
  • Leigh Griffiths
  • Anthony Stokes
  • SUBS
  • Georgios Samaras
  • Amido Balde
  • Teemu Pukki
  • Lukasz Zaluska
  • John Herron
  • Beram Kayal
  • Marcus Fraser

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Match Report

Form Guide

    WLWWWW
  • Celtic
  • VS
  • Ross County
  • WLDWLD

Last Meetings

  • Ross County
  • 1 - 4
  • Celtic
  • 09/11/2013
  • Celtic
  • 2 - 1
  • Ross County
  • 03/08/2013
  • Ross County
  • 1 - 1
  • Celtic
  • 05/05/2013
  • Ross County
  • 3 - 2
  • Celtic
  • 09/03/2013
  • Celtic
  • 4 - 0
  • Ross County
  • 22/12/2012
  • Ross County
  • 1 - 1
  • Celtic
  • 18/08/2012

Top Scorers

Celtic

  • K Commons 18
  • A Stokes 13
  • C Mulgrew 6
  • L Griffiths 5
  • T Pukki 5
  • G Samaras 4
  • J Forrest 4
  • V van Dijk 4
  • A Balde 3
  • S Johansen 2
  • D Boerrigter 1
  • E Ambrose 1
  • A Matthews 1
  • L Henderson 1

Ross County

  • M De Leeuw 7
  • R Brittain 5
  • F Kiss 4
  • G Carey 3
  • Y Arquin 3
  • Y Songo'o 3
  • S Kettlewell 2
  • R Quinn 2
  • S Boyd 1
  • B Gordon 1
  • S Saunders 1
  • A Cooper 1
  • D Maatsen 1

Goals

Celtic

    • Total goals 94
    • Goals per game 79
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 6 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 8 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 7 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 9 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 10 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 8 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 21 (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Ross County

    • Total goals 51
    • Goals per game 36
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 8 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) 6 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 7 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 6 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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