Ross County co-manager Stuart Kettlewell has blasted his players after a poor second half resulted in a 6-0 defeat to Celtic.

The Staggies had managed to limit Celtic to their credit up until half time, although they were trailing 1-0.

Kettlewell’s side were still in the game at half time. (Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

Five second half goals though ensured that Kettlewell’s side were left reeling for their long journey back to the Highlands. Speaking to the club’s Twitter account, Kettlewell has lamented the ‘unacceptable’ nature of this thumping defeat.

He said: “None of us are great losers at the best of times. But to lose by a six-goal margin, quite clearly, is unacceptable. It doesn’t matter where you’re playing or who you’re playing against. From our point of view it’s totally unacceptable.

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“Sadly we’ve let ourselves down dramatically today. You don’t want to be too over the top in our assessment of it just now.

Kettlewell is furious with the manner of Ross County defeat against Celtic. (Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

“We now have to try and strip it apart, see what our shortcomings were, and make sure we rectify them going forward.”

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County didn’t do enough to trouble Celtic, barely laying a glove on them with just a couple of shots on target. Whilst they could’ve accepted a defeat, Ketttlewell clearly isn’t happy with a thumping.

Celtic simply outclassed the Staggies in the second half. They will rue some errors though, with Keith Watson’s attempted clearance leading to the second goal before Liam Fontaine unfortunately put the ball in his own net.

Fontaine put the ball in his own net. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

This must simply be put to one side as a blip in their season. Overall they’ve had a pretty good start to life back in the Premiership, currently sitting sixth after nine games.

They were demolished yesterday by a very good team and the Staggies can’t afford to dwell on it too much.

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