Ross County 1 - 4 Celtic  (League)

Saturday, November 9th, 2013, 12:45 PM at Global Energy Stadium, Dingwall
Attendance: 5,982
Referee: Kevin Clancy
Ross County v Celtic, Nov 9th 2013, Global Energy Stadium, Dingwall
Ross County  Celtic

Goalscorers
Ivan Sproule (68)
Virgil Van Dijk (41)
Virgil Van Dijk (53)
Joe Ledley (70)
Joe Ledley (74)

Starting Eleven
Mark Brown
Mihael Kovacevic
Scott Boyd
Branislav Micic
Brian McLean
Stuart Kettlewell
Rocco Quinn
Richard Brittain
Melvin De Leeuw
Marc Klok
Graham Carey
Fraser Forster
Emilio Izaguirre
Efe Ambrose
Virgil Van Dijk
Nir Biton
Scott Brown
Joe Ledley
Charlie Mulgrew
Darnell Fisher
James Forrest
Teemu Pukki

Bench
Michael Fraser
Ben Gordon
Steven Saunders
Darren Maatsen
Steven Ross
Ivan Sproule
Kevin Luckassen
Anthony Stokes
Amido Balde
Dylan McGeouch
Kris Commons
Lukasz Zaluska
Thomas Rogic
Derk Boerrigter

Substitutions
Ivan Sproule for Marc Klok (67)
Darren Maatsen for Graham Carey (67)
Steven Saunders for Mihael Kovacevic (80)
Anthony Stokes for James Forrest (71)
Thomas Rogic for Nir Biton (80)
Derk Boerrigter for Joe Ledley (85)

Bookings
Stuart Kettlewell (42)
Graham Carey (62)
Mihael Kovacevic (63)
Melvin De Leeuw (71)
Scott Brown (73)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 28 apps -
Branislav Micic 5 apps -
Scott Boyd 231 apps11 goals
Mihael Kovacevic 44 apps -
Brian McLean 11 apps -
Stuart Kettlewell 139 apps9 goals
Graham Carey 11 apps1 goal
Rocco Quinn 78 apps11 goals
Richard Brittain 219 apps46 goals
Marc Klok 1 app (debut) -
Melvin De Leeuw 11 apps2 goals
Steven Saunders (sub) 4 apps -
Darren Maatsen (sub) 7 apps1 goal
Ivan Sproule (sub) 24 apps8 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Marc Klok (20 years 208 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Brown (32 years 262 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 318 days

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Steven Ross (20 years 77 days)
Oldest Player:Ivan Sproule (32 years 272 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 346 days

First Team Debuts
Marc Klok(Signed July 1st, 2013)

Milestones

Celtic consolidated their position at the top of the table with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Ross County at the Global Energy Stadium.

Virgil van Dijk scored his first goals for the league leaders and Joe Ledley netted the other two after Ivan Sproule had halved the advantage.

Celtic dominated the opening period but lacked a cutting edge until Charlie Mulgrew and Emilio Izaguirre linked at the edge of the County penalty area and the latter crossed to the back post where van Dijk (41) cushioned his header in off the woodwork.

And the central defender struck again on 53 minutes when he ghosted into the six-yard box to glance another header into the net from an inswinging Mulgrew corner.

Ross County substitute Ivan Sproule gave the hosts some hope when he rifled home from close range after Fraser Forster did well to keep out Rocco Quinn's deflected shot.

But the Hoops restored the two-goal advantage just two minutes later when Ledley sent Brown the wrong way after the midfielder rose to meet an Izaguirre chip.

The Wales midfielder completed his brace on 73 when he glanced yet another header past Brown, this time from a Darnell Fisher delivery.

Ledley was denied a hat-trick by the post after Brown had got down to parry a powerful Tom Rogic shot.

Brown made an impressive diving save on just eight minutes when van Dijk weaved past a couple of challenges and let fly through the legs of Brian McLean from 25 yards.

Teemu Pukki's link play was impressive from the start of the match, and he laid a weighted pass to Izaguirre to send a first-time cross to the edge of the box for James Forrest to lift the ball over the bar.

And Celtic almost struck a quick second goal before the break when Branislav Micic blocked Ledley's drive on the six-yard line and the rebound fell to Nir Biton 25 yards out, but his low shot was well held by Brown.

Van Dijk and Scott Brown both sent efforts over the bar from outside the penalty area in the early stages of the second half before the Celtic skipper had an angled shot deflected round the post by the County keeper's foot moments before the second goal.

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