Ross County won’t be sitting in and playing for a draw against Celtic tonight despite their precarious position in the Scottish Premiership.
John Hughes’ side are rooted to the bottom of the table. Every point is crucial in their quest to beat the drop to the Championship.
However, they aren’t planning to frustrate Celtic with ambitionless defending in Dingwall tonight. They’ll be giving it a good go in attack too.
That’s according to veteran defender Carl Tremarco anyway, who recently came back into the County starting eleven.
He’s given an insight into how the home side will play in tonight’s big television match.
As quoted by The Scottish Mail on Sunday (21/02 print edition, ): “We’ve got to try to exert ourselves on the game, otherwise, what’s the point of turning up?
“We know we’ll create chances but, at the minute, it’s about keeping the back door shut. It’s all well and good defending for so long but when you do get that chance, you don’t want end up looking back on it with regret.
“You must stay focused and have the wherewithal to attack at the right times. You can’t just expect to defend all the time and draw 0-0. Your mindset needs to be to take the game to them, but with a good balance.
“There’s no point going gung-ho trying to score and then leave gaps. It’s got to have a structure to it. We need to be disciplined in attack, and especially in defence. We must be really switched on, because Celtic can be devastating on the break.”
Candid comments pre-match from Tremarco there. Lennon is unlikely to be under any illusions when it comes to facing a Hughes side though.
The Staggies boss is a ‘well kent face’ on the Scottish scene and his teams rarely play defensively-minded despite his previous playing position.
The former Celtic defender will be trying to instil his players with a real belief that they can take all three points against his old team.
However, the Bhoys were comfortable 2-0 winners the last time the two sides met. We’ll be hoping for a similar lack of drama with a routine victory tonight.