Ross County were ‘dominant’ in the first half against Celtic – but lacked cutting edge to put them to the sword says Staggies boss Stuart Kettlewell.
It was a tough afternoon for the Highland outfit, eventually losing 5-0 to the Premiership champions. Odsonne Edouard scored a penalty after four minutes before Albian Ajeti doubled the Celtic lead.
A tough second half was to follow for Kettlewell, goals from Shane Duffy, Kristoffer Ajer and Patryck Klimala handing Celtic a sizeable victory. Ross County won’t be judged off defeats to the big two from Glasgow, but Kettlewell will still be disappointed with the final scoreline.
The Staggies boss reckons that his side didn’t take a pummeling during this encounter, instead saying they just lacked some sharpness up top to punish Celtic with the chances they created.
“It was a crazy game,” said Kettlewell (BBC). “We were the dominant team in the first half and created the best opportunities by far in open play. We got done by a free-kick and penalty.
“Edouard’s been clever, I don’t know if there’s enough contact to go down the way he does.
“The big differences came in the 18-yard boxes, we didn’t defend well enough. Outwith that, we created so many chances and had to be more ruthless. This was not a battering, I can assure you that is the case.”
Ross County return to action next weekend when they face St Johnstone in Perth. Having started the season in fairly decent fashion, currently sitting fifth, a victory after a run of no wins in five would be very welcome at McDiarmid Park.