Ross County player admits "no one can stop" Celtic when they're on form

By David Walton

April 24, 2022

Ross County midfielder Blair Spittal has honestly admitted that “no one can stop” Celtic when they’re on form ahead of today’s meeting between the 2 sides.

County will welcome Ange Postecoglou’s Hoops to Dingwall as we prepare to try and move one step closer to the Premiership title. Victory in the Highlands will take us to within 2 wins of the championship and will also get last weekend’s Scottish Cup exit to Rangers out of our system.

Celtic may as well be 4 points clear heading into today’s game given the massively superior goal difference they have in comparison to Rangers. A goal difference that’s been earned through powerful results and performances.

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And Spittal, who has been one of County’s most productive forward-thinking players this season, has lauded Celtic as he looked ahead to today’s clash.

As quoted by the Press and Journal, Spittal said: “Celtic create multiple problems for you. We struggled against them at Parkhead. When they are on form, no one can stop them, no matter how you play.

“Up here in December, we gave them a really good game. We made it difficult for them. Our pitch is a lot smaller than Celtic Park. We have to make it as small as possible and as uncomfortable as possible for them.

“We will have a game plan to also hurt Celtic by creating problems ourselves.”

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Ross County could be on the receiving end of powerful Celtic performance

Before the Rangers game last weekend, Celtic managed to rip apart St Johnstone in an emphatic 7-0 rout in what would be our final game before the split. It was a big win for the Hoops and one which emphasised just how much stronger we are compared to lesser Premiership sides.

County are in the top 6 on merit and that has to be remembered. If the likes of Regan Charles-Cook and Joseph Hungbo aren’t watched, they could be dangers this afternoon. But at the same time, Celtic can do what they did to St Johnstone against County if they’re in the mood.

That’s effectively what Spittal is trying to say here. That the levels Celtic can reach if they’re willing could make how County perform irrelevant. And that fact should inject some extra strength into the Hoops players today.

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There has been a tiresome media narrative over the last week regarding whether Celtic will crumble. It hasn’t been based on anything other than the fact we lost our Scottish Cup semi-final duel with our rivals. You could say the narrative has been formed through hope more than expectation.

In any case, the opportunity that’s presenting itself to these Celtic players shouldn’t be dismissed. 3 points this afternoon does so much for the football club. Does so much for the title race.

Rangers are praying Celtic drop points today. The psychological hammer blow they’ll receive if the Hoops produce a powerful display could prove telling. It’s time to bounce back, and bounce back with aplomb.

In other news, David Turnbull outlines what’s gone on at Lennoxtown since Celtic Hampden defeat