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Neither Stuart Kettlewell nor Neil Lennon have any injury concerns following the brief international break. Boli Bolingoli is suspended but would have been unlikely to feature in any case, but there is a new addition for the Hoops as they’ve signed Brighton’s Irish centre-back Shane Duffy on a loan deal.
Whereas Celtic enjoyed a comfortable afternoon last time out, strolling to a 3-0 win over rock-bottom Motherwell, a 10-man Ross County went down 1-0 to a second-half strike at Livingston, with manager Stuart Kettlewell livid and receiving his own marching orders after the final whistle.
That latter game lacked any real quality and play was broken up by a number of fouls, while Ross County lacked creativity in their opponent’s half and should struggle to break down Celtic.
Celtic To Win To Nil
The Hoops may only have five clean sheets in 12 league road trips since late October, but only once did they concede more than a single goal over this period, while they won 10 of those matches.
Their output at the other end was tasty too, scoring at least twice in the first 10 fixtures and three or more goals in six of them, though their two trips this season have been lower-scoring affairs as they drew 1-1 with Killie and beat Dundee Utd 1-0.
Ross County only have one player to score two goals or more this term so far, penalty taker Ross Stewart, who is still linked with a move away from the club. Even on home turf, Ross County have won just four of 14 home games since October (W4-D4-L6), while they’ve scored more than once in just three of the last 13.
The head-to-heads are pretty damming. Celtic have won all six clashes with Ross County since 2017/18, racking up 21 goals of their own and conceding just the once. Meanwhile, Ross County also lost without finding the net in all three encounters with Rangers last season at a combined 7-0.
That kind of recent record against the Old Firm duo leaves a lot to be desired, especially as they also suffered an additional 2-0 loss to Celtic in pre-season.
Ross County’s 1-0 defeat away at Livingston was the first time where they’ve drawn a blank this season , but the fixture list has been kind so far and has seen them avoid any of the four teams currently above them in the table.
That certainly leaves the win to nil as a viable option, with Celtic’s prospects of a clean sheet only boosted by the arrival of leader Duffy to shore up the defence.
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