Neil Lennon started a run of consecutive title wins by Celtic that currently stretches to eight. As he looks to add the hallowed number nine to that sequence, it is abundantly clear that the title challenge is a genuine one for the first time in nearly a decade.
An early trip to the Highlands after the exertions of a Europa League group-winning performance on Thursday night was a potential banana skin. That this Celtic side came through the Dingwall acid test with flying colours is a testament to the character of a squad who have demonstrated untold talent and tenacity on their way to winning three back-to-back trebles.Listen to the latest episode of the award-winning A Celtic State of Mind
But the glitz and the glory are never achieved without games – and victories – like today. The Celtic supporters who made the trip to Victoria Park deserve nothing but credit in a week when some of their acolytes were banned from backing their club against Rennes.
Goals have not been too difficult to come by for Celtic since they last lost a game (the 2-0 horror show against Livingston in October). 30 goals in nine games, with the loss of only five, was the prelude to this afternoon’s encounter.
Characteristically, another four were scored, with just the one reply, as Celtic once again avoided a European hangover as they extended a three-point gap at the top of the table, for a short while at least.
Ryan Christie was again Celtic’s top performer this afternoon and it is no surprise that his sending-off kickstarted our last bad day at the office. Christie has become such an important player for Neil Lennon and his continued fitness will be of astronomical importance as we continue to challenge on four fronts.
Lewis Morgan came in from the cold against Rennes, and deservingly kept his place for our Highland. Morgan didn’t disappoint and may yet be the unexpected success story of this campaign.
Captain Scott Brown was, once again, a driving force for Neil Lennon. I discussed Brown’s leadership recently with Chris Sutton, who spoke of his admiration for a talisman who looks like he could go on well beyond the nine.
Should we get there, of course, and then we’ll be on to the ten…
Paul John Dykes
🍀 A CELTIC STATE OF MIND
⭐️ Man of the Match
🏆 Ross County 1 Celtic 4
1️⃣ Ryan Christie
2️⃣ Lewis Morgan
3️⃣ Greg Taylor