League-leading Celtic host mid-table Ross County within the Scottish Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
It took a winner within the 97th minute from Anthony Ralston for Celtic to get previous Ross County when the groups met in mid-December. The final gasp saved Celtic inside 4 factors of Rangers on the desk summit, however three months later Bhoys sits in first place with a three-point cushion.
County has recovered from a horrible begin – and not using a win in its first ten league video games – to be sixth, forward of Dundee United with solely a purpose distinction with solely three video games left earlier than the league is break up into two.
Here’s all the things it’s essential to learn about Saturday’s match.
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When is kick off? Saturday 19 March, 15:00 (GMT)Where is the match performed? Celtic ParkTV channel / livestream? Celtic TV (exterior the UK and Ireland)Highlights? SPFL YouTubeJudge? Don Robertson
Liel Abada is predicted to return to motion this weekend / Mark Runnacles / GettyImages
Celtic received collectively a trio of April conferences towards Rangers by sneaking previous Dundee United within the Scottish Cup quarter-final on Monday evening.
Top scorer Liel Abada and colleague Jota have been unnoticed of the squad, however supervisor Ange Postecoglou assured that the pair, who’re affected by sickness and a knock respectively, shall be obtainable for the go to of County this weekend.
Michael Johnston returned from an ankle damage to play from the bench in that cup match however Kyogo Furuhashi and David Turnbull are nonetheless hesitant when coping with a few hamstring accidents.
Malky Mackay’s facet may have loved (or endured) a full fourteen days of preparation for his or her journey to Celtic Park. Austrian midfielder David Cancola has been out with a groin damage since January however returned to coaching, together with defender Keith Watson this week main as much as the match.
Such is the well-filled standing of Mackay’s squad, the previous Cardiff City coach mentioned: “It’s one of the few times I can have a headache over what the bench can look like,” quoted by the Press and Journal. “I may have to ask them to set the bench up to 11.”
Celtic have by no means been overwhelmed by Ross County at residence in Scotland’s top rate and have gained 11 of 14 conferences between the pair at Parkhead.
Ross County solely superior from the Highland League to Scotland’s skilled pyramid in 1994 however claimed a well-known scalp on the expense of the Celtics in 2010, defeating the illustrated Hoops within the Scottish Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 win at Hampden Park.
County additionally managed to dump Celtic out of the League Cup semi-final in 2016, and went on to win the spectacle to safe the primary piece of main silver within the membership’s historical past.
Malkay Mackay has misplaced his two earlier conferences with Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic / Ian MacNicol / GettyImages
The Staggies have gained their final three video games and misplaced simply one in every of their earlier eight video games – a match that started with a 3-3 draw towards Rangers in January.
However, they face the hardest check in Scottish soccer. The Hoops haven’t misplaced at Celtic Park to a different group from north of Hadrian’s Wall since January 2021.
Despite County’s struggling speak of constructing a “statement”, it’s unlikely that the Dingwall outfit will break the Celtics’ year-plus suite.
Prediction: Celtic 2-0 Ross County