Ross County manager Malky Mackay says a save from Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart displayed the ‘fine margins’ of his side’s 3-0 defeat at Parkhead.

County frustrated Celtic in Scottish Premiership action but the home side in Glasgow eventually coasted to victory. Dominic Samuel was denied at point-blank range by Hart at 1-0, Celtic going on to add two more goals to their tally. Ross County are without a win in their opening five league games and face undefeated Hearts next Saturday.

Celtic FC v Ross County FC - Cinch Scottish Premiership

County were beaten by Celtic, (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Mackay said: “I’ve got a sense of disappointment, but we’ve got to get over that. The game plan was working. In the first half we had a couple of chances across their goal that on another day we might be more clinical with. But I’m seeing a group that are beginning to grow and play the way I want them to.

“I’m really disappointed with the deflection, it’s something we can’t legislate for. At that point Celtic were looking frustrated, the crowd were getting frustrated as we were living up to the task we set ourselves. When that went in it relaxed them, but at the same time we broke really well.

“We had the glaring chance when Joe Hart made the point-blank save from Dom. That would have taken it to 1-1. These are the fine margins that you have to execute.”

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