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.