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Dublin: 3°C Wednesday 20 January 2021

Week goes from bad to worse as Celtic lose out to Ross County

The Hoops let a 2-0 lead slip and conceded in late on to suffer defeat at the Global Energy Stadium.

Grant Munro celebrates with team-mates after scoring
Grant Munro celebrates with team-mates after scoring
Image: Craig Halkett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

STRIKES FROM GRANT Munro, Sam Morrow and Stefan Wohlfarth helped Ross County come from behind to beat SPL leaders Celtic 3-2.
The Hoops looked to be coasting to a comfortable win as a stunning strike from Charlie Mulgrew and a Gary Hooper chip had the Parkhead side two goals up at Victoria Park.

The home side made two changes from the line-up that drew the Highland derby at home to Inverness CT last Saturday, with Martin Scott and Stuart Kettlewell replacing Ivan Sproule and the suspended Richard Brittain.

Neil Lennon once again rang the changes from the side that fell to defeat at Juventus, with Efe Ambrose, Rami Gershon, Dylan McGeouch, Miku and Anthony Stokes coming in for Adam Matthews, Emilio Izaguirre, Victor Wanyama, Georgios Samaras and Kris Commons.

With 15 minutes gone, the SPL leaders went into the lead in somewhat bizarre fashion, after Grant Munro headed an Ambrose effort out for a corner, which Mulgrew took and whipped straight over keeper Michael Fraser and into the net.

The pressure continued from the visitors, with Miku making his way through the middle of the Ross County defence, but this time Fraser was on hand in to save easily.

Only six minutes after taking the lead, the Hoops extended their advantage as McGeouch played the ball back to Hooper after making his way down the right and the English striker finished off the move by chipping Fraser for Celtic’s second.

Just after the half-hour mark, Ross County got into the game, as Kelvin Wilson could only clear the ball into the path of Munro and the defender unleashed a strike past Forster and into the back of the net.

And with 10 minutes left in the first half the hosts were level as Iain Vigurs swung a cross in for Morrow and after his first attempt was blocked, the striker made no mistake, firing the ball into the net.

On the stroke of half-time Celtic had a chance to regain the lead, but Stokes failed to make anything of the chance as both teams went in level at the break.

Both sides exchanged free kick efforts in the opening five minutes of the second half – Mulgrew for Celtic, Vigurs for Ross – but on both occasions the players saw their strikes sail wide of goal.

Celtic almost handed their hosts the lead as Ambrose failed to clear properly and that allowed Scott in on goal, but Forster came to the rescue, saving his centre half’s blushes as he came out to collect the ball.

In the final 10 minutes, Ross had a chance to claim all three points as substitute Wohlfarth had an effort at goal, but unfortunately for the side it sailed wide.

As the game entered injury time a defensive lapse from Wilson gave Wohlfarth a chance at redemption, and he duly tucked away the match-winning header to the delight of the home fans.

In other results, St Johnstone wrapped up a 2-0 home win over Kilmarnock, with Murray Davidson and Gregory Tade the goalscorers.

Dundee were denied a win at home by an 83rd-minute equaliser from Inverness’ Billy McKay in a 1-1 result, while Aberdeen and St Mirren were held to home 0-0 draws by Motherwell and Dundee United respectively.

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