It’s a struggle to watch this Celtic team at the moment. Even when Aberdeen were gubbed on Friday night, Celtic couldn’t fully capitalise. It was a point gained and a point closer to 5 in a row, but what a grim performance.
Celtic are now 9 points clear with 12 to play for. If Celtic had won today they could’ve won the league at Tynecastle. In order for that to happen now, Aberdeen need to lose and Celtic to win. That would put Celtic 12 clear with 9 to play. If both Celtic and Aberdeen win next weekend, Celtic would have the league won on goal difference, just not technically.
Ross County are a bit of a bogey team for Celtic. Celtic grabbed the initiative in the 23rd minute with an excellent strike from none other than Leigh Griffiths. That was goal number 38 for him.
That was all until the 65th minute when Ross County equalised and then Celtic struggled to create anything else to win the game. The Green Brigade being on a silence for the game left a bad atmosphere in the stadium, but quite rightly so. Their banners were spot on today.
Craig Gordon: 6. A fairly quiet afternoon for the keeper, who made a few decent saves. Was worked more once Ross County scored the equaliser.
Kieran Tierney: 7. Again one of the better players on the pitch. Got forward a lot to get crosses into the box. Did his defensive duties as well. Growing more confident with every passing game. This weeks star man.
Erik Sviatchenko: 6. Fairly standard performance after his exploits last weekend. Didn’t have any major problems and kept County’s strikers at bay.
Charlie Mulgrew: 6. Similar to Sviatchenko, did his job and was keen to get forward. Couple of sloppy patches.
Mikael Lustig: 5. What is going on with him at the moment? Seems to be struggling a lot defensively. Got forward with no problem to help out Roberts.
Nir Bitton: 5. Touted as the next big sale to the Premier League at the start of the season. Has virtually been non-existent in midfield. Poor again today and looked uninterested.
Scott Brown: 5. Continues his poor form since returning from injury. His time as captain has come under pressure in recent weeks. Nothing to report here again today.
Tom Rogic: 5.5. A surprisingly quiet afternoon from Rogic, can usually create something out of nothing. Struggled through the game and missed a good chance to double Celtic’s lead.
Colin Kazim-Richards: 6. Held the ball up well and brought others into the game. Got the ‘assist’ for Griffiths goal, although it was only a pass to him, hardly an assist!
Patrick Roberts: 6. One of Roberts poorer performances so far. Was keen to get forward but it was as if he was trying to hard to make up for the horror miss last weekend. Good with the ball but lost possession numerous times.
Leigh Griffiths: 6.5. Took his goal superbly to ease the pressure in the stadium. Great finish. Apart from that there was a severe lack of service into him for him to have anymore impact.
Kris Commons: 3. Only came on with 10 minutes remaining, and received a good response from the fans. Didn’t have enough time to make an impact.
Callum McGregor: 4. He was keen to get the 3 points for Celtic, came on and showed good energy to get forward and get the ball.
“The first half was good but the second half was not. In the end 1-1 was a fair result. We want to have better performances and I’m sure we’ll get them.
The whole view was that before the weekend we needed seven points but we still have a chance to win the title next weekend. There have been a lot of things other than football this week and that affects the players.
We are nine points ahead and Aberdeen lost so it’s not like you can just go and play every team and win. It’s the end of the season, a lot of people are getting tired but we have to stick together, work hard and have fun. We have the quality to get over the line but we want to do it in a good way.”
The latter of these images being an advanced shot summary, via @226blog on Twitter.
Leigh Griffiths goal, https://streamable.com/afr5.