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Glasgow Celtic lost their top spot to their rivals Rangers as they first stumbled to a draw in Edinburgh against Hibernians and then went on to lose in Livingston just before the international break. Meanwhile Rangers took the spoils by beating Aberdeen and Hamilton 5-0 each. It is only fitting, that the Rangers returned the favor on Sunday, also in Edinburgh, facing the other local outfit Hearts. The Glasgow duo stand now side by side on top of Scottish Premiership with 22 points in nine games and the same goal difference of +21. Celtic takes the top spot with one more goal scored and a victory over their arch-rivals.
Saturday’s game against Ross County had the makings of a bounce-back game for Celtic, as they returned from the international break fully fit and motivated to capture the number one spot usurped by Rangers. The visiting Ross County was able to keep the game all even for the first half, but it was an utter domination by the Celtic side, as we have witnessed many times this season. The first half saw 21 efforts and seven shots on goal by the Celtic, while the visitors couldn’t bother Fraser Forster once. Nevertheless it was only 1-0 after the half, with Mohamed Elyounoussi taking Celtic ahead already on the 4th minute.
Celtic wasn’t too disheartened by the lack of goals and kept on mauling their opponent right from the whistle in the second half. First it was Odsonne Edouard to make it 2-0 on 46th minute and then the young Frenchman assisted on Callum McGregor’s 3-0 goal only three minutes later. While Ross County managed to get a shot on goal, saved firmly by Fraser, Celtic pulled back a bit and only shot seven time on goal – scoring with four. Fourth goal was marked down as an own goal by Ross County’s Liam Fontaine, while James Forrest and Elyounoussi’s second secured the impressive 6-0 victory over fifth placed Ross County.
The bounce back was expected and left Celtic boss Neil Lennon satisfied, as he referred the game as the “most complete” performance he had seen while in charge of the Glasgow giants. Celtic is back on top and Rangers are right there with them, but it seems that the title is – once again – for Celtic to lose.