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Apr 24, 2022 at 2.30pm UK at Global Energy Stadium
Ross County
0 - 2
Celtic

Callachan (5'), White (42')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Furuhashi (12'), Jota (87')

Preview: Ross County vs. Celtic - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Scottish Premiership clash between Ross County and Celtic, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Celtic will be hoping to edge closer to the Scottish Premier League title when they face Ross County at the Global Energy Stadium on Sunday.

The Hoops enter the weekend with a six-point advantage over Rangers, while the hosts sit just a point adrift of the European places.


Match preview

Ross County's Alex Iacovitti gestures towards the referee on March 19, 2022© Reuters

Ross County have enjoyed their two-week break before the Championship Group gets off and running this weekend after they booked their spot in the top six with a 1-0 victory over Aberdeen

It seemed as though the Staggies may come up short in their quest for a top-six spot when their meeting with the Dons entered the closing stages with the encounter still goalless.

However, there was to be late drama when Jonny Hayes was penalised for a handball in the box, presenting Joseph Hungbo with the chance to win the game from the spot, which the 22-year-old did with great composure.

With a place in the Championship Group secured, Ross County find themselves in fifth position, with just one point separating them from a Europa Conference League place.

The Staggies will believe that they have every chance of moving into the top four in the final five matches, especially as only Celtic and Rangers have collected more points in 2022 than Sunday's hosts.

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou pictured on April 17, 2022© Reuters

Celtic are closing in the Scottish Premiership title, but they may head into Sunday's contest in a downbeat mood after their dream of completing a treble was ended last weekend by bitter rivals Rangers in the Scottish Cup.

The Hoops managed to grab the opener in the semi-final encounter courtesy of Greg Taylor's effort, but they were pegged back by Scott Arfield, forcing the tie into extra time, which was unfortunately for Celtic decided by a Carl Starfelt own goal.

Although they will be reeling from that defeat, the Hoops can still achieve a domestic double, having already clinched the League Cup.

With another Old Firm meeting scheduled for next weekend, Celtic will be hoping that they can take at least a six-point lead into that encounter, and they will be expecting to do just that with Ange Postecoglu's side currently enjoying a run of five consecutive league victories.

Having scored at least two goals in nine of their previous 10 Scottish Premiership games, Sunday's visitors will believe that they have the firepower to overcome Ross County at the Global Energy Stadium.

Ross County Scottish Premiership form:
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • W

Celtic Scottish Premiership form:
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W

Celtic form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L



Team News

Celtic's Greg Taylor celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on April 17, 2022© Reuters

The hosts are without the injured Ashley Maynard-Brewer, while Josh Sims is a doubt after missing the last six matches.

Kayne Ramsay returns to the squad after serving a two-match suspension, although the Southampton loanee may have to settle for a place among the substitutes.

After coming off the bench to score the winner against Aberdeen, Hungbo could be rewarded with a starting berth for Sunday's contest.

As for Celtic, they are expected to be without Josip Juranovic for at least a couple of weeks after the 26-year-old picked up an injury against Rangers.

With Juranovic unavailable, Anthony Ralston is likely to come in at right-back to feature alongside Cameron Carter-Vickers, Starfelt and Taylor in a back four.

Postecoglu could also make a change in the front three, with Georgios Giakoumakis in line for a recall after the Greece international missed the Scottish Cup semi-final due to a hamstring issue.

Ross County possible starting lineup:
Laidlaw; Randall, Baldwin, Iacovitti, Vokins; Callachan, Tillson; Hungbo, Paton, Charles-Cook; White

Celtic possible starting lineup:
Hart; Ralston, Starfelt, Carter-Vickers, Taylor; Hatate, McGregor, Rogic; Jota, Maeda, Giakoumakis


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We say: Ross County 1-3 Celtic

Although they have won four of their last six games, we think that Ross County will be unable to take anything off a Celtic side that are aiming to clinch a sixth consecutive league victory.



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Draw
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Celtic
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