Ross County can survive in the Scottish Premiership – but only if they reproduce performances similar to the one that had them beat Celtic according to John Hughes.
The Staggies secured a memorable 1-0 win over Celtic in Dingwall, the second time they have beaten the current Premiership champions this season. A Jordan White header sealed the deal for the Staggies as they moved into 10th and above a relegation zone place.
Manager Hughes was thrilled with his players: “I’m delighted with the result I’m delighted for the boys, with their effort, commitment and organisation, and their willingness to put their bodies on the line.
“It was Glasgow Celtic we were playing against. Before the game there had to be an understanding that we couldn’t be wide open. Tactically, we were spot on. The goal was something we have been banging the drum about.
“We have to get the delivery spot on and I’m absolutely delighted Harry Paton’s delivery found big Jordan White peeling around the back. I thought Jordan was different class. He led the line very well.
“At the end we were hanging on, we were getting deeper and deeper, and flinging their bodies on the line. They all played their part. Even the substitutes came on and helped us get over the line.”
Aberdeen, Celtic and Hibs have all been beaten by Hughes’ side since he took the reigns in Dingwall. But victories over those around them have been more elusive and the Ross County manager wants to put that right.
He said: “It has to be like that from now until the end of the season. That’s my frustration, we seem to be all right against the teams in the top half, we have beaten Celtic, Hibernian and Aberdeen. Yet, we come unstuck against teams we need to beat around us.
“But that gives us confidence, momentum and a little bit of belief for the rest of the season to give it a right go. If they give me that effort, commitment and concentration level, I don’t think we will be too far away.
“Don’t get too big for your boots. We’ve got another nine cup finals left this season, but if they give me that, we’ll be okay. They can’t get blasé, they need to come in and show me what they have got if they want to play on Saturday.”
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