ST MIRREN and Ross County both failed to lay a glove on the Old Firm in their Premiership encounters last night.
The Paisley side held the champions in the first-half, but a quick one-two after the turnaround from Mohamed Elyounoussi and James Forrest handed Celtic a 2-0 triumph at Parkhead.
In Dingwall, the Highlanders hardly got off the ground as they trailed 3-0 at half-time following a double from Ryan Jack and an opener from Alfredo Morelos. The Colombian struck again in the second-half to take his goal tally this season to 18.
Saint boss Jim Goodwin was philosophical after the defeat in the east end of Glasgow and, speaking to the Daily Record, admitted: “The boys, in terms of being disciplined and hard to beat, have been excellent. We’ve had plaudits for that and we won’t be judged on this. No-one expects you to pick up anything.
“I genuinely felt we could take a point before the game and it would have been a massive one given the levels Celtic have been at, so to be in the game as long as we were was pleasing.”
Stuart Kettlewell acknowledged County couldn’t get close to their opponents after Morelos had opened the scoring in 20 minutes.
The Highland side’s co-manager, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “It was a game in which we were worlds apart. We weren’t able to compete other than the first 15 minutes.
“We set out with a different game-plan which we felt was working well. Then we got a moment of adversity and conceded a tap-in at the back post and didn’t react in the correct manner.
“We were passive and poor in possession. Rangers got up a great head of steam, but we were the architects of our own downfall.
“We always say we won’t be judged against Rangers and Celtic, but we didn’t give a good account of ourselves for how we can compete in these games.
“We need to find a foothold in the game against a team firing on all cylinders.
“You could see in the last five minutes of the first half things could have spiralled out of control.
“I’m not going to sit and lie – it could have been more than four.”