John Hughes has confirmed that Ross County duo Connor Randall and Tom Grivosti will miss the rest of the season ahead of a battle with Celtic.

The Staggies host a Celtic side who have returned to form in recent matches, winning five on the spin. This will be County’s first game in a fortnight after last weekend’s fixture with Hibs was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

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Ross County face Celtic this weekend. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

But they have not been helped by injuries ahead of the Celtic visit, as manager Hughes confirmed season-ending blows for the defensive pair: “Tom had an operation on his hamstring, so he will be out for the rest of the season. When you talk football to Grivo, he talks football back to you.

“He understands the games and the tactics, but I have never had him since I came here. But he is a lovely lad and a big miss. Connor Randall has got a back problem and he will be out for the rest of the season. Connor got himself in the team and that back problem that he had before raised its head again.”

 

It’s disappointing for Hughes as two defensive options are taken out. It’s a particular blow for Grivosti, who was hampered by the hamstring injury in November, just seven games into a return following 12 months out with a foot problem.

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Cruel blow. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

A back problem has resurfaced for Randall as he too is set for a lengthy spell on the side lines, another defender in Leo Hjelde also missing on Sunday against his parent club. County are currently bottom of the Scottish Premiership and could be four points adrift from safety when things kick off against Celtic.

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