Michael Gardyne has said that Ross County will be looking to avenge a 6-0 Celtic defeat this weekend.
The Staggies welcome Neil Lennon’s side to Dingwall on Sunday as they look to recapture some form. They haven’t won since a 2-1 away win at Motherwell in September.
Last time out against Celtic it was a 6-0 scoreline in Sunday’s away side’s favour and Gardyne says that County will be out to prove a point against a ‘flying’ Celtic side.
He told the Courier (page 50, 28/11/19): “We have a point to prove – but just to ourselves. I don’t think Ross County will be judged on games against Celtic and Rangers from the Press or the fans but in the dressing room we will always judge ourselves.
“We are the ones who go out on the pitch and to get beaten 5-0 or 6-0 does not sit well with us – even if it is against Celtic or Rangers. We want to go out there and put on a good showing for ourselves and the fans.
“We’re playing Celtic who are flying, in front of a full house on the television. We always say it, but it’s why we won the Championship last season. These are the games we want to play in, these are the players we want to test ourselves against. Against the biggest teams in Scotland, what more do you need to play for?”
Ross County could be doing with points from uphill Celtic task
County currently sit seventh in the table but only three points off the bottom. Results on the Saturday will likely see them slip down the table prior to Sunday’s lunchtime kickoff.
They haven’t won in eight games and against Celtic many will expect that streak to extend to nine. Gardyne at least seems keen for that not to happen.
It’ll be a tough test though and the Staggies will know they’re underdogs against a formidable Hoops side. In the last seven meetings between the two, Celtic have won six times with one draw.
Ross County’s last win over them came at Hampden in 2016 and a repeat of the 3-1 scoreline from that day will be the type of result Stuart Kettlewell and Steve Ferguson are hoping for.