"Such a good team"; Ross County player holds hands up to Celtic quality

By David Walton

April 26, 2022

Ross County midfielder Jordan Tillson has held his hands up to the quality of Celtic after being bossed by the Hoops on Sunday.

Tillson and his County teammates managed to stay in the Premiership clash in Dingwall for long spells at only 1-0 down. However, Jota wrapped things up with 3 minutes remaining after Ange Postecoglou changed things with a big triple-sub midway through the second half.

The Staggies did have their moments in the game. However, they failed to seriously test Joe Hart given the Celtic backline was blocking everything that came into the penalty area.

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And whilst Tillson was proud of the effort his team gave to the match, he was big enough to admit Celtic’s quality simply won out.

As quoted by the Ross-shire Journal, Tillson said: “It’s hard to take, we put a lot of energy into the game. Especially in the second half we really threw a lot of bodies forward and had a good go. It shows where we’ve come from at the start of the season to push Celtic all the way.

“They scored two good goals as well, you have to say, but we had a real good go. You have to hold your hands up sometimes – Celtic are such a good team that sometimes they can play through you. We got it right in the second half though.

“We did what the gaffer wanted to a tee. You have to hold your hands up sometimes – Celtic are such a good team that sometimes they can play through you. We got it right in the second half though.”

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Celtic showed their defensive resilience when they needed to

It can’t be underestimated just how resilient Celtic were at the back when they had to be. County did have some possession in the final third, but they could never find a route beyond the Hoops backline.

Tillson is right to say that County gave it a go and fair play to them. So often away from home we’re still up against 2 defensive banks as teams try to be hard to play against. County did indeed take a more ambitious approach.

From a Celtic perspective, it was anything but the perfect display. Once again we found ourselves missing some big chances to ensure the points were wrapped up sooner. In addition to that, the way the game seemed to flow County’s way at the start of the second half was frustrating.

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But at the end of the day, all that mattered yesterday was the 3 points. It simply isn’t of any real concern how we manage them. Not at this stage of the season. Even if the performances are still a big thing for Ange, they mean little to the supporters at the moment.

It’s promising to hear that Celtic effectively took all County could throw at them and still come out comfortable winners. We were the last team to win in Dingwall heading into Sunday, and that shows exactly how difficult the task actually was.

Another 3 points on Sunday please Celtic. Again, how you get them isn’t of primary importance.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou has created what he’s always wanted within Celtic’s dressing-room