Ross County manager bigs up Celtic Park experience

By David Walton

September 9, 2021

Ross County manager Malky Mackay has been bigging up the Celtic Park experience ahead of Saturday’s daunting trip to Glasgow.

Mackay has personal experience of the famous old stadium. He was a Celtic player between 1993 and 1998. However, this weekend he’ll lead his Staggies troops into the heart of the Parkhead couldron.

County look like being lambs to the slaughter this weekend as Ange Postecoglou looks for a reaction to the recent Glasgow derby defeat. However, County will take solace from beating Celtic twice last season – one at Celtic Park in the League

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And as he faces what looks like a near-impossible challenge, Mackay has been bigging up the experience of playing at Celtic Park:

As quoted by the Press and Journal, the County manager said: “We will not have any fans down at Parkhead, but on the flip side of that I want players to want to play at the biggest arenas possible. You are in a cauldron up here. We watch football every night, you are talked about every day and analysed every night.

“You will play in front of 60,000 at Parkhead, and the same sort of attendance at Ibrox. Why would you not want that on your CV? I have had that myself. I have stood in front of that crowd myself and played, and it’s something every player should want to do.

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“Having been at Parkhead and knowing what it’s going to be like, I cannot wait for the weekend. I have spoken to the players about it, they should be walking out that tunnel with their chests out and shoulders back.”

Celtic will look to put on a show at Ross County expense this weekend

This may sound greedy, but Celtic fans will be highly expectant of a feast of goals this weekend. And there are grounds for that level of optimism too.

After all, in their two league games at home so far we’ve racked up 12 goals. Against Hearts in the Premier Sports Cup, the Hoops netted another three. Not to mention the two scored against AZ Alkmaar also.

Celtic are finding goals very easy to come by at home this season. It would take a brave fan to bet against them mauling Ross County on Saturday. Especially given it comes immediately after the derby defeat.

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But the Hoops have to be wary. It’s times like these when you can be caught cold. When you’re most vulnerable. County will take solace from their two wins against the Bhoys last season, albeit Celtic were under previous management.

Celtic will look at this seven-game phase as a real opportunity to press ahead with their ambitions for the season. Slipping up against County just wouldn’t be accepted.

So regardless of whether County are puffing out their chests and looking to make the most of the experience, they’ll be coming up against an angered Celtic side looking to take out some major frustrations on them.

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