Ross County sack manager Stuart Kettlewell ahead of Celtic clash

By John McGinley

December 19, 2020

Scottish Premiership outfit Ross County have sacked Stuart Kettlewell just days prior to facing Celtic in the top-flight.

The Staggies travel to Celtic Park on Wednesday 23rd December in an attempt to do the unthinkable and win at the venue twice in less than a month.

Kettlewell has been in charge of County since June, but was ‘co-manager’ between 2018 and his solo appointment.

The Highlanders sit four points adrift of Hamilton after a 2-0 defeat to Accies this afternoon.

Now in 12th place, rooted to the bottom of the table, Ross County have made the ruthless decision.

A statement on Twitter said: “Ross County FC can confirm that Stuart Kettlewell has been relieved of his duties as Manager.

“Stuart was an ideal appointment for the club given his history and association with the club and we will support Stuart in the coming weeks.”

It comes just a few weeks after they stunned Neil Lennon and Celtic in the Scottish League Cup.

With hindsight, that looks like an even worse result for the Bhoys.

County have since gone on to record four successive defeats against Rangers, Aberdeen, Livingston and Hamilton.

Former Ross County manager Stuart Kettlewell won’t be at Celtic Park / (Photo by Bruce White/SNS Group via Getty Images)

They’ve been awful, yet we allowed them to pick up a famous cup shock. The only other teams they’ve beaten since September are Montrose, Arbroath, Elgin and Stirling Albion.

County have not yet made it clear who will be in charge going forward, nor who will be caretaker in the dugout for the visit to Celtic Park.

In other news, 6 Celtic players have uncertain futures and the club have big decisions to make.