Ross County 1-4 Celtic was the score in another fine afternoon’s work in the Scottish Premiership.
Celtic made it 10 wins-in-a-row with their convincing success in Dingwall. A brace from Ryan Christie sandwiched Ross Stewart’s temporary equaliser for the Staggies. A fine Tom Rogic strike and a Mikey Johnston effort then sealed the victory.
Here, we take a look at our player ratings after picking up yet another three points:
Fraser Forster – 7
Nothing to do for big Fraser in another dominant performance. Unlucky with the goal even if you could question whether he could’ve come out for it. Let down by the referee failing to spot Stewart’s push on Rogic. A solid enough shift.
Jeremie Frimpong – 6
A tough outing for the youngster as he struggled to make his usual attacking impression in the contest. The tightness of the pitch in Dingwall limited his attacking influence. Conceded the foul that led to the County goal after being caught out of position, but always eager to get on the ball and didn’t ever look fazed.
Christopher Jullien – 7
Another positive display from big Jullien. Nothing gets past him these days, and he dealt with the physical threat of Lee Erwin with supreme ease. Showed some good distribution with the ball and tried to be an attacking threat from set-pieces. Did his job with minimal fuss yet again.
Kristoffer Ajer – 8
Superb. Always wants the ball and is becoming an increasingly threatening attacking option. Set up Christie with a sensational, defence-splitting ball. Was never fazed by the physical challenge of Erwin, and once again got us out of some tight situations with his composure.
Greg Taylor – 7
Grew into the game after a quiet start. Sent Mikey Johnston scampering away for goal number four, and always looked to combine with James Forrest down the left. Was in no danger throughout, and showed up well as he continues to build momentum.
Scott Brown – 7
Nothing spectacular from the captain, but another assured display from him. A couple of misplaced passes in the first half went unpunished, but became the reliable figure we know he is as the game wore on. A typical Scott Brown performance.
Callum McGregor – 8
The energy McGregor is showing for the amount of football he’s played is incredible. Once again, he was vibrant in the engine room and pushed Celtic forward. His close ball-control is a joy to watch at times, and played another 80 minutes without looking like he needed a breather. Another match in which he dictated easily.
James Forrest – 6
Quiet from Jimmy. He wasn’t his influential self down the right. Had a couple of crosses after reaching the byline that didn’t find a man. Often played well in tight situations, but just didn’t manage to get any real sight of Nathan Baxter’s goal. Always a willing runner in any case.
Ryan Christie – 9
Another standout display from Christie. When Celtic needed him he was there to find the net on two occasions. His first was a decent finish under pressure after missing the initial penalty-kick. His second, however, was much more easy on the eye. Collecting Ajer’s pass, he buried it with a fine first-time finish. Struck the post with a fine free-kick too.
Tom Rogic – 7
Took his goal well despite it taking a little knick. A fine option going forward as he sprayed passes around all afternoon. Returning to action nicely, and will be delighted to get back on the scoresheet. Still needs to do more to replace Christie as the main number 10.
Lewis Morgan – 6
It’s difficult to give Morgan a much higher rating than this. He provided a fine flick for Rogic’s goal and did win the penalty after being kicked from behind by Keith Watson. Struggled to make a big influence when he was on the ball, but was tidy enough. Did he seize his big chance the way he did on Thursday night? Probably not.
Mikey Johnston (8) Made it two goals in two for him with a terrific solo run and strike beyond Baxter. Had another couple of openings but made the desired impact. Leigh Griffiths (4) Not really enough time to make an impact. Came close to collecting a couple of through balls to get in on goal, but only had the final 10 minutes or so to get on the scoresheet. Looked lively once again. Nir Bitton (4) Looked tidy in the limited time he had on the pitch.