Ross County head into this fixture without a win in five across all competitions, drawing with two of the sides below them (St. Johnstone and Hearts), while losing to Livingston and Motherwell in addition to second-tier outfit Ayr Utd in the Scottish Cup.
In fact, they’ve won just twice in 16 matches since late September, losing six of the past 10, and given their encounters with the Old Firm duo over this entire spell have ended in 6-0, 4-0 and 4-1 defeats, it’s hard to give any semblance of hope to the visitors.
The question is then not whether, but how the Hoops deliver the three points, as is so often the case. Neil Lennon’s men have now won 18 of their past 20 fixtures, with the two exceptions away at CFR Cluj in their final Europa League group stage game (having already topped their pool), as well as at home in an Old Firm derby just prior to the turn of the year.
However, both teams have scored in each of their last five matches now, as even bottom-half sides St. Mirren and Kilmarnock, as well as second-tier outfit Partick Thistle got in on the act.
Celtic -2 Handicap
Ross County may not be exactly prolific, but they have registered more goals this season than anyone else down in the bottom half of the table, despite having played a game less than most.
Both teams have now scored in seven of their past 10 league matches, though given 64% of their 22 goals this season have come at Victoria Park, we’d avoid backing both teams to score.
Indeed, across all competitions, Celtic have conceded more than a single strike in just one of 16 fixtures on home turf, against Rangers, while they’ve won to nil in each of their past four hosting Ross County since 2016/17.
The visitors may hold a better scoring record than others down at the bottom, but they also hold the worst defensive record in the division, leaving just three teams across the whole table that have seen more goals per game on average (one of them being Celtic).
Given the hosts’ prolific output, combined with the fact that they’ve triumphed by at least three clear goals in four of five head-to-heads since 2017/18, Celtic appear well worth backing on the handicap.
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