Scottish Premiership
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Celtic 1-1 Ross County

Celtic celebrated a third successive league title, having been unable to deliver the type of result that has secured the Scottish Premiership.

Ross County must take credit for that, putting on a confident, bullish performance to earn a point.

Melvin de Leeuw fired them into an early lead, with a cool low finish.

Kris Commons knocked in the equaliser but despite spending most of the second half in the County half, Celtic were unable to find a winner.

It wasn't a bad performance by the champions, though it perhaps lacked the spark that might have been evident had there been more riding on the outcome.

Their bright start to the match yielded nothing in the way of goals and Ross County showed a considerably more clinical edge by burying their first opportunity of the afternoon.

De Leeuw and Carey celebrate Ross County's opener at Celtic Park

Graham Carey took advantage of slack play by Celtic inside their own half and the former Celtic player timed his pass to De Leeuw perfectly, allowing the striker to drill a shot low past Fraser Forster.

At this stage County did look like a side for whom the result mattered more, belying their status as a team fighting to avoid a relegation play-off.

But Celtic's front three of Leigh Griffiths, Anthony Stokes and Commons always looked capable of creating problems for the visitors' backline and so it was with the equaliser.

Griffiths was allowed time to line up a long-range shot and when it was spilled by Mark Brown, Commons - as he has been so often this season - was on hand to turn the rebound into the net.

And Griffiths might have given Celtic the lead before the interval, but for a timely challenge from Erik Cikos to divert the striker's shot over the bar.

Liam Henderson scored his first Celtic goal in the victory over Partick Thistle on Wednesday and almost doubled that tally at the outset of the second half.

Stefan Johansen had an age to pick him out at the back post but Henderson's header from a tight angle bounced back off the upright.

Celtic were utterly dominant possession-wise, but County were defending stoutly and offering the odd counter-attack to ensure the home fans' celebrations were kept on hold.

Indeed Carey almost dampened those celebrations further with a typically ambitious and venomous effort from 30 yards. With Forster flying to his right, the keeper would have been relieved to see the ball ricochet off the post.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Celtic3227416485
2Aberdeen3118581559
3Motherwell3118310557
4Dundee Utd3215981954
5Inverness CT3114710549
6St Johnstone3213613645
7Hibernian3181013-1134
8Kilmarnock329617-1533
9Ross County328717-1731
10Partick Thistle3261214-1930
11St Mirren327718-2228
12Hearts305619-306
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