Former Ross County striker Steven Craig has claimed that Ross County should go to Celtic Park and “have no fear”.
In Ross County’s official podcast, the 39-year-old claimed that it was a good time to meet the Champions and Quadruple Treble chasers, with standards slipping at Celtic of late.
It is probably the best time to get them just now
I think any dip in form was always going to be highlighted and obviously the last six weeks for Celtic and Neil Lennon’s standard have not been good enough.
The Worcester City striker, whose father Joe played for Celtic, added:
And all, not just Ross County, but the Highland teams do have that in their armour to go down to Glasgow or go down to the central plains and win in there in the latter stage of cup competitions.
So, if I was Stuart Kettlewell or the backroom staff of Ross County, the message would be to go down there and have no fear.
With all due respect to Ross County, who have managed results against us before, we shouldn’t need to worry so much about a side who are missing a significant portion of their first team.
Ross County have an injury list that includes Tom Grivosti’s, Oli Shaw, Connor Randall, Carl Tremarco and Ross Draper.
The Staggies’ youngster Harry Paton demanded more “desire” from his side in Sunday’s cup fixture. It’ll be a youthful team that faces the Champions, who have had their own problems in that department.
Typically rousing stuff
Craig is absolutely right to rally his former colleagues on in-house media. There’s not too much of a story in that aspect, and you’d expect from any ex-player of any team.
However, it’s the nature of the comments that will cause Celtic fans to wonder just how much our stock has fallen in recent weeks. Ross County are a well-run club with excellent supporters, but they’re a team that shouldn’t be giving us too much bother.
Football is a sport that thrives on reactionary comment and speculation. However, there’s every chance Ross County will have a real go at the Bhoys tomorrow.
In a game that shouldn’t have been a big worry for Neil Lennon when he looked at this month’s fixtures, there’s suddenly so much on the line.
The pressure to keep our domestic clean sweep was already there, but with his job potentially in the balance, Lennon has to get Celtic firing. Tomorrow might be his last opportunity to prove a lot of people wrong. For now, at least.