Celtic seeking home delight against basement side Ross County

Celtic Manager Ronny Deila
Celtic Manager Ronny Deila

Celtic will look to return to winning ways at Parkhead on Saturday afternoon when they host basement strugglers Ross County.

The 1-2 defeat at Tannadice last weekend is now in the past - and Manager Ronny Delia could scarcely have hand-picked more suitable opponents.

Currently lying 11th in the Premiership with just nine points from 17 games, just one point off the bottom, County suffered a 0-1 home defeat at the hands of Hamilton Accies last weekend.

Celtic swamped the Highlanders 5-0 at Victoria Park in their last clash back in October – but football being football there is no guarantee that today’s clash will be equally straightforward.

The Parkhead men may still have a comfortable four-point lead in the title race – but Delia is taking absolutely nothing for granted.

“There are a lot of games still to play. This club is a huge club with so many talented players so we just have to have the energy to progress and to learn and to want to get better,” he said.

“It’s going to be a tough season - Dundee United, Aberdeen and Inverness are all good teams and they’re our title challengers. They’ve all had some momentum, and just now it’s Aberdeen who are playing well. We just need to prepare well for every game and try to win.

“In terms of the results, it’s been good but I see so much potential here. When I see the possession we have, the way we control games, it’s about turning that possession into goals,” he added.

“The hardest thing in football is to attack. To be defensive – anybody can do that - but if you want to be a successful team you have to attack and that is the hardest part. That’s what we work on every day.” Aleksandar Tonev remains suspended whilst Charlie Mulgrew and Jason Denayer are both injury absentees.

In their last fixture of 2014 Celtic will be determined to see out the old year in style.