Celtic 0 - 0 Ross County (League)

Saturday, December 27th, 2014, 3:00 PM at Celtic Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 45,798
Referee: Crawford Allan
Celtic v Ross County, Dec 27th 2014, Celtic Park, Glasgow
Celtic Ross County 

Goalscorers
None. None.

Starting Eleven
Craig Gordon
Virgil Van Dijk
Efe Ambrose
Emilio Izaguirre
Adam Matthews
Leigh Griffiths
Anthony Stokes
Stefan Johansen
Nir Bitton
Scott Brown
John Guidetti
Antonio Reguero
Paul Quinn
Jamie Reckord
Scott Boyd
Steven Saunders
Michael Gardyne
Terry Dunfield
Martin Woods
Richard Brittain
Filip Kiss
Yoann Arquin

Bench
Callum Mcgregor
Kris Commons
Stefan Scepovic
Liam Henderson
Eoghan O'Connell
Kieran Tierney
Lukasz Zaluska (GK)
Mark Brown
Lewis Toshney
Joe Cardle
Darren Maatsen
Steven Ross
Jake Jervis

Substitutions
McGregor - Stokes (9)
Commons - McGregor (67)
Scepovic - Guidetti (67)
Lewis Toshney for Michael Gardyne (38)
Jake Jervis for Terry Dunfield (89)
Steven Ross for Yoann Arquin (89)

Bookings
Izaguirre Antonio Reguero
Steven Saunders
Terry Dunfield
Filip Kiss

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Antonio Reguero (GK) 8 apps -
Paul Quinn 10 apps2 goals
Steven Saunders 16 apps1 goal
Jamie Reckord 7 apps -
Scott Boyd 269 apps12 goals
Michael Gardyne 224 apps49 goals
Richard Brittain 264 apps50 goals
Filip Kiss 33 apps6 goals
Terry Dunfield 2 apps -
Martin Woods 9 apps -
Yoann Arquin 34 apps6 goals
Lewis Toshney (sub) 8 apps -
Steven Ross (sub) 24 apps1 goal
Jake Jervis (sub) 19 apps4 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jamie Reckord (22 years 298 days)
Oldest Player:Terry Dunfield (32 years 318 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 72 days

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Steven Ross (21 years 125 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Brown (33 years 310 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 89 days

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Ross County put the shackles on Celtic as they held the champions in Glasgow.

Ronny Deila signalled his attacking intent with Leigh Griffiths, John Guidetti and Anthony Stokes starting, but the latter was an early injury victim for the home side.

The goal avalanche never arrived with County defending resolutely, though Callum McGregor did hit the bar.

And it was the visitors who could have won it late on when Filip Kiss struck the post.

The only solace for Celtic is that Hamilton and Dundee United failed to take advantage with both slipping to defeat.

Jim McIntyre's men fall to the bottom of the table despite gaining a point.

Just before the match started, Ross County were forced into a reshuffle after Graham Carey suffered a back spasm and he was replaced by Michael Gardyne.

As expected, Celtic had the majority of the early possession but they struggled to create chances.

Two free-kicks from Guidetti were the early highlights, the first saved by Antonio Reguero, and the second ruffling the side-netting.

From a Stefan Johansen free-kick Nir Bitton provided a goal-bound header but Reguero batted the ball to safety.

Ross County were virtually non-existent as an attacking force. A Martin Woods snap-shot wide of the target after some slack Celtic defending was the best they could muster.

A cut-back from Adam Matthews then gave Celtic substitute McGregor a great chance but he could not get his shot away.

Griffiths had a crack at goal that looked dangerous but Guidetti attempted to back-heel it into the corner and the ball ended up flashing wide of the post.

Celtic began the second half a little bit flat and County's Lewis Toshney tried an early header, but it was a comfortable save for Craig Gordon.

McGregor then almost broke the deadlock with a chipped effort from the edge of the box, but it came back off the bar with Guidetti failing to finish the rebound.

Celtic were generally labouring to break the visitors down and, with that in mind, Stefan Scepovic and Kris Commons were brought on from the bench to try to liven up the hosts.

However, it was County who almost stole all three points when a shot from Kiss beat Gordon, but agonisingly for the Slovak it cracked back off the post.

Griffiths then fired in a late shot which Reguero did well to save to keep it goalless.

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