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Celtic loss means that Hibernian game is massive for Ross County

By Andrew Henderson

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Keith Watson believes Hibernian’s visit to Dingwall tomorrow night is now a massive match – and Ross County will be going all out to win.

Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness.
Ross County(1) v Celtic(4). 01.12.19.
Ross County's Keith Watson heads clear from Celtic's Ryan Christie.
Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness. Ross County(1) v Celtic(4). 01.12.19. Ross County's Keith Watson heads clear from Celtic's Ryan Christie.

A 4–1 defeat against Celtic last Sunday made it nine games without a win for the Staggies, who go up against a resurgent Hibs next.

Former Caley Thistle star Ryan Christie gave Celtic a first-half lead with goals either side of a Ross Stewart strike, before Tom Rogic and Michael Johnston sealed the points in the second.

Watson thinks it will be a different challenge tomorrow night, and says it crucial County can start picking up wins again as soon as possible to restart the season’s momentum.

“We’ve not won in nine, but we have picked up a few decent draws on the way,” the 30-year-old defender said.

“We’re still sitting in a decent position in the table, so I think if the wins start coming – it has been a difficult spell but if we can get that first win we can go on a run again and see where that takes us.

“When we went to Hibs and got a 2-2 draw earlier in the season, we maybe could have gone on and nicked it as well. We were well in the game, and we fancy our chances even though they are on a good run.

“We want to get that win, it’s a good few games now without that, and we want to put that right.”

Watson was at fault for Celtic’s first goal at the weekend, giving away a penalty by chopping down Lewis Morgan.

Nathan Baxter actually managed to save Christie’s spot kick, but the Scotland international was first to the rebound to find the back of the net at the second time of asking.

At 4-1 down, Stewart then had a goal wrongfully disallowed, and although it may not have had much of an impact on the end result Watson thinks there were question marks over both major decisions the referee had to make.

“It is what it is, he’s the referee, he makes the decisions,” Watson conceded.

“The penalty, I gave it away but I thought at the time it was soft.

“I think I did get a touch on him, but I think he was already going down.

“Then big Rossco has scored again, the game is done by then but I don’t see much wrong with it.

“You don’t like to concede goals, but Celtic are a very good side and I thought at times we defended well and had a decent shape about us. We need to try and take positives from the game and prepare for Wednesday.”

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