Ross County’s Callum Morris has called on his team to avoid conceding an early goal when they take on Celtic on Sunday night.
The Premiership’s bottom placed club already go into the game as big underdogs. They take on a Celtic team that seems to be getting back to form. Morris feels that the game will be difficult enough without Ross County making the mistake of conceding an early goal. He is concerned that if that happens the players’ confidence could be affected.
“All about the way you start”
“It is all about the way you start the game, I know it’s a cliché, but it’s the same for the start of the second half” he said.
“It is all about that, it’s about making a mark on the game early. Especially when you play the old firm games, if you concede an early goal, or you give the ball away early, it can be demoralising for some boys” Morris stated.
Hopes to frustrate opponents
He hopes that County can frustrate Celtic the longer the game goes on.
“So, if you start off the game well and defend well for the first 5, 10, 15 minutes, and you get a little footing in the game, you can frustrate them a little bit. And that breeds positive energy between the team I think” Morris concluded.
It should be remembered that Ross County have defeated Celtic this season. They achieved a 2-0 Betfred Cup win at Celtic Park back in November. Therefore, the team should have confidence of getting a result against Neil Lennon’s side. However, as Morris states, for that to happen, County will need to avoid a poor start to the game.