This club can’t catch a break.
Don’t get me wrong, County aren’t very good this season, but how do you go to the hardest place to play in all of the Scottish Premiership, play the home side to a draw, earn a precious away point…and lose a spot in the league table?
The final score wasn’t a fluke, by the way. Celtic manager Ronny Deila through the kitchen sink at County from the opening whistle, starting Leigh Griffiths, Anthony Stokes and John Guidetti and still, the most “danger” the home side could muster was a Guidetti free kick off the side netting and a ball off the crossbar by midfielder Callum McGregor. Nor was this a case of Celtic doing “everything but putting the ball in the net,” or County goalkeeper Antonio Reguero playing the match of his life (though he was very good), no, County simply played stifling team defense and rendered Celtic punchless.
Did I mention that Graham Carey was a late “scratch” and that Filip Kiss saw what would have been a late match-winner hit the post. In fairness, Kiss’ effort represented about fifty percent of County’s offense on the day, with Martin Woods earlier, well-wide effort, being the other half.
Here are the highlights, such as they are…
So, with the goalkeeping and defending looking pretty solid, the need to pick up a legitimate goal-scorer during the January transfer window becomes that much more glaring. It also means that somebody on the Ross County message board is going to bring up the names of Andy Barrowman’s name (um, no) and Colin McMenamin’s (well, he does have seven goals for Stenny, but no). Maybe Elgin City would part with former County striker Craig Gunn? But seriously, we need a striker. I don’t care who he is, where he’s played, or why he’s available. As long as his name isn’t Derek Riordan. Probably won’t be a Dutch player, will it?
Well, anyway. Let’s end with the new Ross County theme song…