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Ross County 1-3 Celtic: Champions snatch late win

By Jack HerrallBBC Sport Scotland
Moritz Jenz celebrates his winning goal on his debut

Moritz Jenz rescued Celtic with a late goal on his debut as the Scottish champions delivered an "outstanding" response to being pegged back by impressive Ross County.

Kyogo Furuhashi rewarded the visitors' heavy pressure when he converted Jota's cutback shortly after the interval.

But Alex Iacovitti thundered in a header to equalise and Joe Hart superbly denied County's Owura Edwards.

Jenz glanced home on 84 minutes and Liel Abada's strike made the win safe.

"His overall performance was really good, he's fitting in well and training really well," manager Ange Postecoglou said of defender Jenz, who has signed on loan from Lorient for the season.

"Our response was outstanding. We stuck to our task, played our football, scored another good goal and even then there was no thought of stopping there, we got our third and I'm really pleased with every aspect of our game."

For all their 83% possession in the first half, Celtic failed to find a breakthrough as County provided stout resistance.

Jota's attempt was diverted narrowly wide by Jack Baldwin and Daizen Maeda failed to keep a header low enough to trouble Ross Laidlaw.

Kyogo and Jota combined well on the edge of the box to set up the former for a shot that was saved well by the County goalkeeper.

As the half drew to a close, Celtic's frustration grew as Matt O'Riley had a chance blocked by an exceptional sliding challenge from Baldwin and Maeda forced Laidlaw into a reflex save.

The game burst to life within minutes of the restart as Callum McGregor played a weighted pass to Jota, who took an intelligent touch past a defender before picking out Kyogo in front of goal for a simple finish.

The goal seemed to intensify County's endeavour, as they enjoyed decent attacking possession before Iacovitti bulleted home an Edwards corner just short of the hour.

Celtic toiled in search of a second goal until centre-back Jenz glanced a header home from a terrific Jota cross to send the travelling support wild.

Intricate play on the edge of the area allowed Abada to finish off an impressive attacking move with a curling effort in injury time to guarantee all three points.

Man of the match - Jota

As much as Ross County frustrated the away side, the Portuguese winger recorded three assists and was instrumental in victory

No cause for County concern

Ross County have zero points from a possible six, but they still have more than enough potential to be a surprise package this season.

An impressive attacking display on the opening weekend and a solid defensive performance this afternoon will give Malky Mackay more than enough encouragement as the season gets going.

For Celtic, what a coup Jota's signing is. The winger, who shone on loan last season before returning on a permanent deal this summer, notched three assists in another inspirational display.

A potential downside for Postecoglou will be how frustrated his side were in the opening 45 minutes. 83% possession, 339 passes, 112 in the final third, yet only three shots on target.

The strength in depth of his bench, though, proved crucial with Abada making an impact after his half-time introduction.

What they said

Ross County manager Malky Mackay: "I was really pleased with the game-plan and that the players stuck to it. I don't think Celtic broke us down too many times.

"There's a lot to be looking positively at for us in the coming weeks."

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou: "I'm really happy with the result and the performance. It's a difficult place to come but the players were outstanding at controlling the game and minimising their threats."

What's next?

Ross County are away to St Mirren next Saturday (15:00 BST), while Celtic visit Kilmarnock the following day at noon.

Player of the match

JotaJota

with an average of 8.11

Ross County

  1. Squad number16Player nameHarmon
    Average rating

    6.27

  2. Squad number12Player nameJohnson
    Average rating

    6.26

  3. Squad number26Player nameWhite
    Average rating

    6.24

  4. Squad number6Player nameIacovitti
    Average rating

    5.95

  5. Squad number14Player nameLoturi
    Average rating

    5.92

  6. Squad number7Player nameEdwards
    Average rating

    5.90

  7. Squad number1Player nameLaidlaw
    Average rating

    5.75

  8. Squad number22Player nameTillson
    Average rating

    5.72

  9. Squad number3Player namePurrington
    Average rating

    5.70

  10. Squad number24Player namePaton
    Average rating

    5.60

  11. Squad number4Player nameCancola
    Average rating

    5.58

  12. Squad number2Player nameRandall
    Average rating

    5.58

  13. Squad number5Player nameBaldwin
    Average rating

    5.57

  14. Squad number8Player nameCallachan
    Average rating

    5.43

  15. Squad number9Player nameSamuel
    Average rating

    5.41

  16. Squad number19Player nameHiwula-Mayifuila
    Average rating

    5.40

Celtic

  1. Squad number17Player nameJota
    Average rating

    8.11

  2. Squad number6Player nameJenz
    Average rating

    7.58

  3. Squad number11Player nameAbada
    Average rating

    7.53

  4. Squad number8Player nameFuruhashi
    Average rating

    7.53

  5. Squad number20Player nameCarter-Vickers
    Average rating

    7.28

  6. Squad number33Player nameO'Riley
    Average rating

    7.26

  7. Squad number1Player nameHart
    Average rating

    7.23

  8. Squad number42Player nameMcGregor
    Average rating

    7.19

  9. Squad number3Player nameTaylor
    Average rating

    7.13

  10. Squad number88Player nameJuranovic
    Average rating

    7.08

  11. Squad number14Player nameTurnbull
    Average rating

    7.00

  12. Squad number38Player nameMaeda
    Average rating

    6.89

  13. Squad number7Player nameGiakoumakis
    Average rating

    6.82

  14. Squad number13Player nameMooy
    Average rating

    6.53

Line-ups

Ross County

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Laidlaw
  • 2RandallBooked at 68minsSubstituted forJohnsonat 71'minutes
  • 5Baldwin
  • 6Iacovitti
  • 3Purrington
  • 8CallachanBooked at 12mins
  • 4CancolaBooked at 47minsSubstituted forWhiteat 83'minutes
  • 22TillsonBooked at 31mins
  • 9SamuelSubstituted forLoturiat 45'minutes
  • 24PatonSubstituted forEdwardsat 45'minutes
  • 19Hiwula-MayifuilaSubstituted forHarmonat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Edwards
  • 10Dhanda
  • 11Sims
  • 12Johnson
  • 14Loturi
  • 16Harmon
  • 17Olaigbe
  • 26White
  • 31Eastwood

Celtic

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Hart
  • 88Juranovic
  • 20Carter-Vickers
  • 6JenzBooked at 64mins
  • 3Taylor
  • 33O'Riley
  • 42McGregor
  • 14TurnbullSubstituted forGiakoumakisat 72'minutes
  • 17Neves Filipe
  • 8FuruhashiSubstituted forMooyat 85'minutes
  • 38MaedaSubstituted forAbadaat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 4Starfelt
  • 7Giakoumakis
  • 11Abada
  • 13Mooy
  • 16McCarthy
  • 25Bernabei
  • 31Siegrist
  • 49Forrest
  • 56Ralston
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
5,502

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home23%
Away77%
Shots
Home5
Away23
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away12
Fouls
Home10
Away4

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ross County 1, Celtic 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ross County 1, Celtic 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Liel Abada (Celtic).

  4. Post update

    Ben Purrington (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Ross County. Victor Loturi tries a through ball, but Alex Iacovitti is caught offside.

  6. Booking

    Liel Abada (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Ross County 1, Celtic 3. Liel Abada (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jota.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Ross County. Jordan Tillson tries a through ball, but Victor Loturi is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Ross County. Victor Loturi tries a through ball, but Ben Purrington is caught offside.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Celtic. Aaron Mooy replaces Kyogo Furuhashi.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Ross County 1, Celtic 2. Moritz Jenz (Celtic) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Jota with a cross following a corner.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Jack Baldwin.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Jordan White replaces David Cancola.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Liel Abada (Celtic).

  15. Post update

    Ben Purrington (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. George Harmon (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Owura Edwards.

  17. Post update

    Hand ball by Victor Loturi (Ross County).

  18. Post update

    Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Jordan Tillson.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Victor Loturi.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Matt O'Riley (Celtic) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josip Juranovic.

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