Scott Bain (N/A)
Good lofted pass early on… ehh… made a good save from a low cross. Not enough information to give a score.
Mikael Lustig (6)
Lost Fraser from a long crossfield pass (his Achilles heel this season it seems) but fortunately, the Ross County player was unable to capitalise. A couple of nice flicks and interplay with Forrest and Brown and a decent clearance late on.
Dedryck Boyata (4)
His game essentially involved being the middleman in passing movements from left to right. Except one time where he sprayed it into the stand instead of to Lustig’s feet. Replaced by Hendry at half-time.
Kristoffer Ajer (7)
Brilliant early slide tackle, though perhaps goes to ground a little too much. Couple of slack passes in the second half, but just as Paul Burrell was Diana’s rock, Ajer is ours.
Callum McGregor (7)
A good performance from McGregor playing left-back. Worked well with Armstrong and was box to box for most of the game. With his ability to deputise for KT, it must pose an interesting question for Rodgers – do I use some of my limited budget trying to convince a player to come and play second fiddle to KT or do I rely on the flexibility of squad members?
Scott Brown (8)
His usual self. Driving forward won the red. His winding up of Ross County beforehand probably laid the groundwork.
Feet Rogic (7)
Fairly quiet game from the Wizard of Oz. Had a couple of nice touches and turns, but struggled to dictate the tempo, perhaps because Armstrong was bawdeep in the tempo. *needle slip on a record* Hawd the bus. Gorgeous goal. Lovely stuff. The goal encouraged the big man and he was unlucky with a couple of delightful eye of a needle passes through to Sinclair and Roberts.
Stuart Armstrong (9)
Today was essentially a YouTube compilation of what Armstrong is best at. He was driving, he was energetic, he was in between the lines and he linked up delightfully with McGregor. Perhaps the best moment was when Tom Boyd said he was ‘loving himself out there.’ A wonderful mind picture, I’m sure you’d agree. Scored a lovely left foot finish at the beginning of the second half and continued to be dynamic. Best Armstrong showing this season and on this basis, the man is now better than the song again.
James Forrest (6)
Showed flashes, but it may be unfortunate for Forrest that his dip in form appears to be happening just as Celtic are getting most players back from injury. Will be interesting to see how he handles the threat of Roberts. Excellent season from Forrest, undoubtedly his best ever for Celtic, but I wonder how much longer it will be before Roberts starts.
Scott Sinclair (6)
Came to life 20 mins in with one of his trademark runs inside on his right foot and then almost got on the scoresheet following a similar corner routine to the one he scored at St Johnstone previously. Won the penalty and shone at times. Perhaps the first few splutters of his engine restarting.
Mousse Dembélé (6)
Bright in the box early on after great wing play from Forrest and also went close with a free kick. Clinical from the penalty spot as always. At times cumbersome on the ball, at times majestic. Not sure he has progressed in the last year.
Jack Hendry (5)
Composed and settled in the back four without having much to do. Defence was rarely troubled by the 11 men of Ross County and versus the 10 men in the second half Hendry wasn’t given much of a chance to impress. Tidy none the less.
Patrick Roberts (5)
Committed players and won fouls, but was unable to get too much of a sniff in the final third. A few olé moments that the fans appreciated.
Leigh Griffiths (4)
Looked desperate to make up for lost time and attempted a couple of misjudged long range efforts, but was lively and unlucky with a cute back heel to set up Roberts near the end.