Ross County boss looks back on 4-0 Celtic hammering; preparing for sold-out Sunday crowd
Ross County manager Malky Mackay has reflected on being ripped apart by Celtic at Parkhead as he admitted he’s expecting a full house on Sunday.
The Hoops will travel to Dingwall this weekend looking to secure another 3 points that will help move us one step closer to Premiership title success.
Celtic know it won’t be an easy encounter given our 97th-minute winner there back in December. However, meetings at Parkhead this season have gone a lot more smoothly. A 3-0 win in September was followed by a 4-0 mauling just last month.
Back then, Mackay stated that the game was effectively ruined by a red card for Kayne Ramsay despite Celtic being 3-0 up at the time [Football Scotland]. However, it appears he’s had a change of heart as he finally admitted that the Hoops were simply too good.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Mackay said: “We’re playing the top team in the country right now – the league leaders. We played them a month ago and they were absolutely on fire and we were down to 10 men. We did okay down there considering the result in the following weeks against St Johnstone they had.
“We’re playing against a really good team, I know that. We’re playing against a team who are now out of the Scottish Cup and their focus will be on winning the league. I know that Ange is going to bring a team here that’s going to test us to the limit. But the last time up here it was a hell of a game and it went to the 97th minute.
“I’m only too aware of the strengths of Celtic and the fact that you’ve got to go into this game with everything you’ve got. It’ll be a great day, it’s a full house here and there’s a lot riding on the game for both teams.”
Malky Mackay finally appreciates Celtic performance
Good to finally hear some positive words from Mackay towards Celtic after spending most of the season complaining about refereeing decisions against the Hoops. He did so after the game in Dingwall back in December too as he launched a jibe at Celtic’s full-time celebrations [The Scotsman].
Given some time has now passed since the 4-0 game last month however, it looks as though the Ross County manager is now able to appreciate just how good Celtic were that day. Even if they had kept 11 men on the park, Ange’s men still would’ve come away with a heavy victory.
We’ll see if Mackay is as gracious with praise this time around if Celtic get the victory on Sunday. It would be nice to hear him acknowledge our quality in the immediate aftermath of a game and not over a month later. Even so, he isn’t wrong in what he says.
Celtic will arrive in Dingwall with a purpose this weekend. They’ll be determined to put the Staggies to the sword and take another big step towards the title, and in doing so remove the Rangers defeat from the forefront of our minds.
The Hoops players would probably have preferred a game before this one to get the momentum going again. However, hopefully there’s a lot of pent-up frustration in this performance and with a bit of luck, it shows on the pitch this weekend.
A full house would certainly make more of an occasion of it than a flat atmosphere would. It may just inspire the Hoops further.