In the 23rd round of the Scottish Premier League, championship leader Celtic hosts one of this season's outsiders Ross County. Celtic have a decent 5-point lead over their main rival Rangers and have no plans to slow down, while Ross County have a very slim chance of getting to the upper part of the table, which would allow the team to avoid the relegation round. Here, some of the Celtic vs. Ross County tips will be provided.
Celtic vs. Ross County Preview
As in all recent seasons, Celtic base their game on two principles - European competitions and rivalry with Rangers in the domestic championship. This season, Brendan Rogers' team failed to please the fans with the European Cup in the spring, losing 3rd place in the Champions League group to Rotterdam’s Feyenoord. The main rival for the championship - Rangers - is also unstable this season, and by the 23rd round it is losing by 5 points. After Postecoglou's departure to Tottenham, Rodgers did not radically change the pattern of the game and continues to focus on dominance and vertical pressure, regardless of the opponent and the score on the board. If this approach has not worked in European Competitions, then it has so far justified itself in the domestic championship.
Ross County Preview
Ross County, having fortunately avoided relegation last season in the playoffs by winning Partick Thistle only in the penalty shootout also does not shine this season, coming in penultimate place and having no illusions about their positions at the end of the season. The team is one of the worst in the championship in terms of attacking indicators (0.9 goals per game, the second worst) and has little resources to change the situation. The situation for the guests becomes even more deplorable from statistics - Ross County is historically a convenient opponent for the hosts, in 40 matches played between the teams, the Staggies won only 5 times. Thus, Celtic vs. Ross County odds clearly define the potential outsider in this match.
Betting Tips for Celtic vs. Ross County
Ross County to Score - No
Celtic have the 2nd best defence in the league (15 conceded goals in 22 matches), while Ross County have virtually nothing to offer in attack. Like most teams in the bottom half of the table, guests arrive at Celtic Park with little hope of scoring points. As it was said, the visitors are one of the worst teams in Scotland in terms of attacking metrics, and in the upcoming meeting, the priority will definitely be to protect their own side. William Hill gives 1.57 for this outcome.
1st Half/2nd Half - Celtic/Celtic
Celtic is the undisputed favourite in this match and will certainly try to resolve all questions about the winner as soon as possible. The hosts have good statistics in this regard - Celtic scored first in 9 out of the last 10 matches, won the first half of the last three meetings in a row, and in the second half came out victorious in 4 out of the last 5 matches. This Celtic vs. Ross County prediction is evaluated with William Hill’s odds of 1.74.
Matthew O'Riley to Score at Any Time
Matthew O'Riley is Celtic's top scorer so far this season with 10 goals and is only 3 goals behind championship leader Lawrence Shankland from Hearts. In a situation where the fight for the championship fades into the background, individual indicators play a big role for both players and clubs of the Celtic format. Given the format of the match, O'Riley must have moments to improve his stats and William Hill evaluates it with 2.20.
Always remember to gamble responsibly. These tips serve only as a recommendation, not as a call to action. Always rely on your own judgement.