Ross County defender relishing Celtic visit

By Lewis Laird

August 3, 2022

Ross County defender Jack Baldwin has stated that the Staggies will ‘give it a go’ as they prepare to take on Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic side.

County kicked off the season with a visit to the capital, taking on Hearts and suffered a 2-1 loss in a spirited display at Tynecastle.

Malky Mackay’s side now faces an even tougher test in their opening home game of the season, with Celtic travelling to Dingwall on Saturday.

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The Hoops enjoyed success against Ross County last season, picking up 12 points from the four fixtures the two teams played out in 2021/22.

Ange Postecoglou’s free-flowing attacking side are also coming off the back of a strong start to the new campaign after defeating Aberdeen 2-0 at Celtic Park last Sunday.

However, County vice-captain Jack Baldwin is looking forward to facing the test as he insisted these games are why he came to play in Scotland.

He said [Inverness Courier]: “It is a good one to bounce back with, and it is another tough test. For us as a group of players, it is why we come to Scotland to play these big games against the Old Firm, Hearts and Hibernian.

“It will be a great test, and hopefully, we will get something from it. They will bring their fans up, but we are at home, and we will give it a go.

“The lads that have come in compliment us fantastically well. They are similar to what we have lost and the quality we have lost has been replaced. It is a great group with plenty of talent who are professional and work hard.

“We are only into the first game of the Premiership, but we showed the stuff we can play and we will get better when we understand each other more.”

Another tough test to start the season for Ange Postecoglou’s side

Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic squad have proved to be a formidable opponent for clubs across the country and produced an incredible domestic unbeaten run which helped them to the title last season.

The Bhoys look hungry to continue that form into the new campaign, making the perfect start with a comfortable win over Jim Goodwin’s new-look Aberdeen.

Our two last visits to the highlands weren’t exactly the easiest of games, with Anthony Ralston producing one of the moments of the season last December, leaving it late with our winner on the night.

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Going into Saturday’s game, it should prove to be another tough test to start off the season, and Ross County will certainly be up for it on home turf.

Celtic’s away form played a big part in helping bring the title back to Paradise last campaign, and I am sure Postecoglou and his coaching staff will be keen to see that continue in 2022/23, starting with our trip to Dingwall.

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