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Odds & Ends: Weekend Bonus Edition.


The “bonus,” of course, is a quick recap of this morning’s match between Celtic and Ross County!  County’s European hopes were dealt a severe blow yesterday when both results went against them:  Inverness Caledonian Thistle defeated Motherwell and St. Johnstone defeated Dundee United.  The result of this being that County are now a minimum of 3 points away from a potential fourth place finish and 4 points out of third place and a guaranteed spot in Europe.  County can still catch both clubs (ICT and St. Johnstone) as there are 6 points still to play for, but some help from Caley and the Saints would go a long way.

Still, County did not let yesterday’s results could their vision when it came to today’s match against league champions Celtic.  Despite giving away a bad goal inside of five minutes and generally struggling in the first half, County got themselves together and Iain Vigurs scored what was probably his third or fourth “Goal of the Year” strike (sadly, highlights were not yet available when this post went up) to bring the clubs level.  County had the better of the chances in the second half, but just couldn’t finish them off and the match ended 1-1 in front of almost 6000 supporters at Victoria Park Global Energy Stadium.

The point not only brought County t0 50 (with two matches left) in their first season in the Scottish Premier League but also allowed Ross County to boast that in their first season in the top flight they played the champions to an overall draw, finishing 1-2-1 in four matches.  It may or may not be related, but I found it interesting that Celtic manager Neil Lennon could not be bothered to talk to the press following the match, instead sending out assistant Johann Mjallby.  Maybe there was a good reason for this, or maybe Lennon is exactly the petulant little twit that he so often seems to be.

  • Who delivered the halftime pies to the press and officials at County’s match today?  County chairman Roy McGregor, of course.
  • Kilmarnock’s match against Hibernian was abandoned just after halftime today when a supporter suffered an apparent heart attack at pitch side.  The lengthy delay (the only route the ambulance could take was essentially along the side of the pitch) and respect for the situation caused those involved to abandon the match.  This was clearly the right decision and one that was surely influenced by the fact that the father of Kilmarnock’s Liam Kelly died in the stands following a cup match last March. (Sadly, I can no confirm that the support in question has passed away)
  • The New England Revolution and Portland Timbers played to a 0-0 draw on Thursday.  It was tough to watch, but I suppose that even if the Revolution were one of MLS’s best sides (they are decidedly NOT) an away point would be acceptable, so…moving on.
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers, an relegated from the Premier League last year have been relegated from the Championship this year.  This ends a decade of Wolves splitting time between the top two divisions in England.
  • A belated congratulations to Partick Thistle on their return to the SPL- it will be great to have a non-Old Firm club representing the country’s biggest city.  That being said, letting former County striker Steven Craig (who joined on loan in August and signed on permanently in January) go despite the fact that he was the club’s co-leading scorer in all competitions was, to say the least, a bit cold.  Let’s hope Steven lands on his feet- maybe even with an SPL side.

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