Ross County manager John Hughes says Sunday’s memorable 1-0 win over Celtic will only count for something if they go on and build from it.
A Jordan White header was enough to seal a victory over Celtic, which has brought an end to Neil Lennon’s second stint at Parkhead. But for the Staggies, it moved them out the Scottish Premiership’s relegation zone.
Another huge match comes this weekend away to St Mirren and Hughes says Ross County must keep level-headed: “It was certainly a good result that’s brought a spring to our step. But we need to keep our feet on the ground. One or two of them have been arguing in the five-a-side training games which shows me the Celtic game is forgotten about.
“That’s good. We beat Celtic in the cup and we hoped it was the same, but it has to give us confidence and momentum towards the end of the season. Beating Celtic was a bonus but it means nothing if we don’t do the business against St Mirren.
“They have set themselves a standard and they can’t drop below that. I am really pleased for a couple of the guys that came in, Michael Gardyne and Blair Spittal coming in and doing their part. We’re in a good place.”
Sunday’s game also brought about the cut-throat nature of football as Lennon departed Celtic in the wake of another shock loss in a disappointing season. Hughes says it’s not the Dingwall defeat that’s cost him his job.
It just proves the nature of football management: “He’s had wonderful success but that’s the business we are in. I think he conducts himself very well and he will be a big miss for Scottish football. I think it’s been the season, I have been there as a player, when players can’t handle the pressure.
“My heart goes out to Lenny. I pay tribute to his accomplishments and success he has had at Celtic, as a player and a manager. As a fellow manager I can only sympathise with him and I wish him all the best.”
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