Ross County want new manager in before Celtic trip

By David Walton

December 21, 2020

Ross County chairman Roy MacGregor has stated that he wants a new manager in before the trip to Celtic Park this week.

County are managerless after the sacking of Stuart Kettlewell on Saturday. Ross County’s 2-0 home defeat to Hamilton led to him being binned with the Staggies sitting four points adrift at the bottom of the Premiership.

Assistant manager Richie Brittain is scheduled to take charge on Wednesday as things stand. But it doesn’t look as though that will be the case as Celtic watch on in the background.

That’s because MacGregor wants a new man in before the Parkhead meeting. Celtic will be looking for revenge for last month’s Betfred Cup exit, but the County chairman still wants something sorted before then.

As quoted by the Ross-shire Journal, MacGregor said: “I think something will happen before that. It is very unusual times and a wee bit more complicated than usual. I have to ensure whoever is coming in is tested. We’re all in bubbles. It is a wee bit more complicated than usual.

“I’m not sure how that will look as we go through this week. But we have four games, Wednesday-Saturday for two weeks, with 20 games to go. That’s a challenge at the best of times, but at least we have half the season to try to put it right – and we need to do that as quickly as possible.

“I’ve just started to work on it now, out of respect for Stuart. I knew this scenario could arise, but I didn’t do anything about it until 9pm last night, when I began the process. I would think we will move very quickly. This is a short-term project, probably.”

Celtic must take advantage of County’s desperate situation

Make no mistake, County are all over the place at the moment. They have three wins out of 18 league games and don’t know what direction they’re going in.

It only makes our Betfred Cup defeat to them look all the more ridiculous. One round later and they were being dumped out in convincing fashion by Livingston. Lightning simply cannot strike twice this Wednesday evening.

In fact, better yet, this is a game where we should be looking to close some of the goal difference. As things stand at the moment, Rangers’ goal difference is 22 goals ahead of ours. Unacceptable really even if we do have three games in hand. A convincing win against County would help us make inroads in that sense.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon and Ross County chairman Roy MacGregor (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group via Getty Images)

Of course, the most important thing is getting the three points. County’s new manager will likely be on a contract to the end of the season if this is short-term. That means they’ll be expecting instant results. A game at Parkhead is no longer a bonus for them, they’ll be fighting for their lives this week.

But they now face a different animal this week (or so we hope). Celtic have three co

nsecutive wins on the bounce and seem to be picking up momentum. We’ve managed to end our Europa campaign on a high note, get back on track in the Premiership, and win last season’s Scottish Cup. Things are hopefully turning around.

Let’s hope the result on Wednesday night at Parkhead reflects that.

In other news, Naismith has put Craig Gordon to shame with his reaction to Celtic’s panenka penalty yesterday.