Celtic 1 - 1 Ross County

Match info: Scottish Premier at Celtic Park

Date: 29/03/2014 KO: 15:00 Ref: Att: 49,270

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Celtic

Kris Commons 35

1
vs
1

Ross Co

Melvin De Leeuw 16

FT (ht: 1-1)

  • Last Updated: March 29 2014, 18:41 GMT

Neil Lennon cut his Celtic players a break after their belated Scottish Premiership title-winning celebrations fell flat when they were held 1-1 at home by Ross County.

Kris Commons celebrates his Celtic goal
Kris Commons celebrates his Celtic goal

The Parkhead side were looking to put on a show in front of their own supporters after clinching their third successive title with an impressive 5-1 win over Partick Thistle at Firhill on Wednesday night.

However, the Hoops fans were silenced in the 15th minute when Dutch striker Melvin de Leeuw fired the visitors ahead, and although Kris Commons equalised from close range in the 34th minute with his 28th goal of the season, the Dingwall team were worth a point.

The Celtic players came back on to the pitch after the game for a rather peculiar podium photo opportunity - there was no league trophy as it will be presented at a later home game - before walking around to take the applause of the fans, many of whom, however, had gone home.

But Lennon was relaxed about it all, saying: "We were a wee bit flat. I totally understand that. The game was an aside to the celebrations really.

"We had no preparation for this at all and you could probably see that by the way we played, but overall I am not angry or disappointed or anything like that.

"We will play better between now and the end of the season that's for sure.

"When we get the trophy that will be another day of celebration and quite rightly so.

"I think the players made plans for this evening and some of them might have had half a mind on it before the game.

"But they deserve it and we are still looking forward to the remainder of the season, where I am looking for six wins if we can.

"We might change the shape of the team as we go along as well, I will look at different aspects of the way we want to play. I want a bit more vibrancy in the next six games."

Lennon was able to give a debut to 18-year-old defender Eoghan O'Connell while 17-year-old Liam Henderson made his fifth appearance.

The former Celtic skipper said: "Eoghan did very well and grew into the game and got better and better so I was very pleased with his contribution, and Liam as well.

"It was his fifth appearance and he played with great maturity for someone of his age.

"I am excited about the likes of Liam and Eoghan coming through, but I would like to finish the season on a high and we will do that."

A valuable point for Derek Adams' ninth-placed side keeps them three points ahead of St Mirren and one point ahead of Partick in their quest to avoid the relegation play-off spot.

However, the Staggies boss claimed his team should have taken more from the game.

"I thought we were better than Celtic today, that's the way I look at it," he said.

"You've got to be happy coming here and taking a point, it's a difficult place, but you become greedy at times.

"I'd have taken a point before the game, but after it I'm disappointed we haven't come away with three points.

"I thought we played really well, created good chances and were unlucky not to score another goal with Graham Carey's drive off the post.

"Celtic didn't really create much, they had a lot of possession, but I thought we should've won the game."

De Leeuw believes County are hitting form at the right time of the season.

He said: "I think so yes. Everybody is still very fit and we know what we want, which is important.

"It has been a good day for us."


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