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White heads Ross County to a huge three points after narrow victory against Celtic in the Scottish Premiership


By Andrew Henderson

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Ross County 1 (White)

Celtic 0

Ross County moved up to 10th in the Premiership table after beating Celtic thanks to a header from Jordan White with 20 minutes left on the clock.

County have leapfrogged Hamilton and Kilmarnock after other result went their way yesterday, and still hold a game in hand over the latter.

The Staggies showed good intent straight out of the blocks, closing down Celtic's defence deep in their own half.

As ever with a pressing game though, the question becomes how long it can be sustained, and Celtic would go on to dominate the ball for large spells of the first 45 minutes.

Before that though, Jordan White showed that he would be a handful in the air for Kristoffer Ajer and Stephen Welsh by heading a high ball into the path of Tony Andreu.

The French midfielder did get a shot away, but he was denied by Scott Bain, who held on to the effort fairly comfortably.

The visitors suffered an early injury blow, as Greg Taylor was forced off after just eight minutes to be replaced by Diego Laxalt.

County then had the best chance to that point, with White once again rising high to find Andreu.

This time he teed up Blair Spittal though, and the former Partick Thistle man struck the ball low and hard towards goal, forcing Bain into action once again to divert it around the post for a corner.

Towards the end of the first half, Celtic began to find ways through the Staggies' backline.

First they capitalised on an air-kick from Ross Laidlaw, with Odsonne Edouard picking up the loose ball and looking for David Turnbull, who was just denied by a blue shirt.

Edouard produced another ball into the middle with just under 10 minutes of the half left, but though it looked easier for Ryan Christie to score from close range he blazed the ball out of the ground instead.

Callum Morris then picked up an injury to wrap up the first half, being replaced by Keith Watson.

With Celtic seemingly in the ascendancy as 45 minutes approached, County needed to ride the storm out at the start of the second to stay in the game.

Both sides did have shots on goal – albeit with the numbers in Celtic's favour with Blair Spittal's effort being matched by Ryan Christie twice and Diego Laxalt – but neither goalkeeper was particularly troubled.

With 20 minutes left on the clock though, Ross County took the lead thanks to Jordan White.

He found a yard of space free at the back post from Harry Paton's free kick to head into the back of the net – with a little help from the woodwork.

The visitors tried to respond with a renewed urgency, and both Leigh Griffiths and Christie missed the target with shots at goal.

Mo Elyounoussie rose highest to head at goal just as the game went into stoppage time, but Laidlaw dove full stretch to his right to keep the ball out.


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