After taking on the worst of the Scottish Premiership in four of the last five matchups, a visit from 6th place Ross County was supposed to provide a much different challenge to the Celtic.
Instead, Celtic rose to the occasion for a 2-0 win ahead of a weekend clash with Sevco. That and a 1-1 tie between that other club in Glasgow and St. Johnstone and the Hoops are clear by a full 16 points at the top of the table.
The Bhoys moved even closer to the inevitable Scottish Premiership title with its 14th straight victory and an unbeaten streak of 19 matches on the season so far.
On this occasion, Celtic struggled to find its footing early on. Ross County took to the attack in the first few minutes of the match, however, after getting the game going up the wings Celtic settled things down and took it to the Staggies.
After multiple opportunities foiled in the first half, Celtic finally found the back of the Ross County net thanks to an amazing long range strike from one of the most unlikely of scorers — central defender Eric Sviatchenko.
With the team struggling to find the touch in the final third, Sviatchenko stepped in to a scorcher from about 35 yards out and it caught the Ross County keeper completely off foot in the 38th minute.
The game was shut close as Stuart Armstrong stuck one in to the back of the net in stoppage time of the first half.
Ross County couldn’t muster much in the way of a true challenge to Celtic in the second half and the Bhoys finished off the Staggies with some good defending and plenty of chances that could’ve gone in the second half.
It was an important result for Celtic given the match that is coming up on New Year’s Eve against Sevco. A win there and the Bhoys are on the trot for 15 straight matches, something that isn’t out of the realistic thought given results to date in the Scottish Premiership.
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