Ross County boss makes data preparation quip ahead of Celtic clash

By Euan Davidson

September 11, 2021

Ross County manager Malky Mackay has joked about locking his new data analyst in a dark room ahead of the Staggies’ visit to Celtic Park.

The Dingwall side’s new boss was quick to integrate new data analysis staff. Not least Enda Barron, who is overseeing the club’s development of analysis and player recruitment.

And with Mackay’s winless side venturing to Parkhead today, he says his new hire has been working overtime. Especially with Celtic having brought in new players at the end of the transfer window.

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Mackay said [Press & Journal]:

“I’ve locked Enda Barron in a darkened room, with his three laptops and his wi-fi. He’s away finding as much information as he can.

“It’s what every club does. There’s a couple of systems out there that everyone uses and you can find any player in the world now and watch them play football.

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“There is no hiding place. Thank God I wasn’t playing in that era or I might not have got a couple of the moves I did.

“We will look at them, absolutely, and learn as much about the strengths and weaknesses of those players as we can on the basis of their last clubs.

“We will look at Celtic as a whole and decide on how we approach it.

“There are new players in the door for them, but new players for us as well.”

Does Ross County boss believe he has a handle on Celtic?

If these are mind games, they’re something new, at least. Saying something that essentially amounts to “ha! We’ve only gone and scouted you!” is a little unusual.

On his first visit to Celtic Park as a manager, the ex-Bhoys defender has got off to a difficult start at Ross County. After overseeing his own summer of dramatic turnover, the Staggies are without a win from their four opening matches.

They also have some injury concerns heading into today’s match. 3 players came off against Aberdeen in their last fixture, with Connor Randall being tested ahead of kick-off.

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Celtic, meanwhile, could hand out debuts to the likes of Liam Scales, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Jota and Giorgos Giakoumakis. With our own injury problems to contend with, Ross County are right to try to get intel on our new signings.

Don’t get it wrong, though, there’s no way Ange Postecoglou and his side won’t be prepared to exorcise one of last season’s demons in the form of Ross County.

Should be a good one!

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