Celtic v Ross County (Preview)

Ross County have played 6 games so far this season and have won 2 of them. However those 2 wins were in the League Cup Group Stages versus Brora Rangers and Montrose.


They have played 4 league games losing 2 of them and drawing 2 of them.

Their line up for the last 2 games has been 4-2-3-1 with the same 11 players.

- 1 Laidlaw

- 2 Randall, 20 Clarke, 16 Iacovitti and 24 Paton

- 22 Tillson and 4 Cancola

- 17 Charles-Cook, 8 Callachan and 7 Spittal

- 26 White


The only formation change being Tillson and Cancola swapping left pivot for right pivot.


Their average player positions for each game are below.


  • In goals they have Ross Laidlaw who has had 68 appearances for Ross County

  • Right back is Connor Randall who had 23 appearances last season.

  • Right centre back is Harry Clarke a 20 year old who is on loan from Arsenal

  • Left centre back is Alex Iacovitti who has scored 6 goals for Ross County from 48 appearances.

  • Left back is Ben Paton who was signed in August from Blackburn

  • Jordan Tillson is one of the Pivots and he's had 49 appearances for Ross County

  • The other Pivot is David Cancola who is an Austrian player signed from the Czech Republic team Slovan Liberec in July.

  • Regan Charles-Cook plays on the right and he has had 36 appearances and 3 goals for Ross County.

  • Blair Spittal was on loan to Partick Thistle at the end of 2020 and he has played 41 games and scored 7 goals for Ross County in total. He plays on the left however he can switch with Regan Charles-Cook and you can see above both their average positions are in the middle.

  • Ross Callachan plays in the No.10 role and he was signed from Hamilton in the summer. Last year he scored 9 goals from 37 appearances for Hamilton.

  • Up front is Jordan White who was signed from Motherwell in January and he has scored 6 goals from 19 appearances.

Spittal has been their best rated player this season followed by Clarke and then White, Callachan and Laidlaw as joint 3rds.


Most for xG is White with 0.95 then follows Spittal with 0.79 and then Callachan with 0.68.


In regards to us I'm predicting the following line up;

- Hart

- Ralston, Starfelt, Welsh and Juranovic

- Rogic, McGregor and Turnbull

- Abada, Ajeti and Jota


An Ajeti hat-trick, a Jota man of the match performance and eclipsing our 6 goal best by beating Ross County 7-0 will be a good start to this next phase of the season. With McCarthy getting some game time as well.

Match probabilities on Saturday are; - Celtic 87% - St Mirren 2% - A draw 10%


Our highest win probability of the season so far.

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