Ross County co-manager Stuart Kettlewell’s reaction to yesterday’s hammering off Celtic wasn’t one of sympathy for his players.
County looked a sorry side against the Hoops in a tough outing for the Dingwall side at Parkhead. Goals from Mohamed Elyounoussi (x2), Odsonne Edouard (x2), Callum McGregor, and James Forrest put a suitable gloss on the scoreline for the eight-in-a-row champions.
County, meanwhile, offered next to no resistance. The Staggies struggled to break out from the Celtic pressure, and subsequently registered just two shots in total.
Kettlewell spoke to Ross County’s official Twitter account after the game. And it’s fair to say he wasn’t best pleased by the manner of the defeat.
“None of us are great losers at the best of times. But to lose by a six-goal margin, quite clearly, is unacceptable. It doesn’t matter where you’re playing or who you’re playing against. From our point of view it’s totally unacceptable.
“Sadly we’ve let ourselves down dramatically today. You don’t want to be too over the top in our assessment of it just now. We now have to try and strip it apart, see what our shortcomings were, and make sure we rectify them going forward.
“You obviously have professional pride, and that’s been seriously dented today. We have to analyse what went wrong today and make sure that never happens again. We conceded very poor goals from our point of view.”
Wouldn’t have mattered who Celtic were playing yesterday
You can understand the serious frustration from Kettlewell here. He saw his team get opened up by simple through balls and from players not tracking their runners.
However, it was a day where Celtic were just on it. There was too much movement in the final third for the Staggies to deal with. You couldn’t seriously say any other side in Scotland could’ve lived with that yesterday.
The only glaring error from them was the Keith Watson attempted “clearance” for goal number two yesterday. It was a shocking piece of play by the defender, and it gifted us our two-goal margin and lifted Parkhead once again.
But it’s important he doesn’t go too overboard with his team. After all, nobody in Scottish football could’ve gotten a result against us yesterday. Celtic just weren’t in the mood for letting anything go past them.
County have actually had a fine introduction to the Premiership. They have proven quality at this level, and yesterday’s defeat snapped a four-game unbeaten run. To get into sixth position at this stage shows it’s been a positive start.
However, they just ran into the better side yesterday. And in the end, when Celtic are in that form, nobody can stop us up here.