Dembele on target as Celtic hammer Ross
THE returning Moussa Dembele scored his first goal of the season as Celtic reaffirmed their domestic dominance with a crushing 4-0 win over Ross County.
Brendan Rodgers’ side were beaten 5-0 at home by Paris St-Germain in their Champions League opener on Tuesday but they were more at ease in this Premiership encounter, with Australia midfielder Tom Rogic driving them ahead in the 13th minute.
Three minutes from the break the 21-year-old French striker Dembele, back for the first time since July after recovering from a hamstring injury, fired in the Hoops’ second before winger James Forrest added two more in the second half to extend the treble winners’ unbeaten domestic run to 55 games.
In doing that, Celtic moved two points clear of second-placed Aberdeen and five points clear of traditional rivals Rangers ahead of the Old Firm clash at Ibrox next week.
The Lions dominated the clash and O’Brien gave them a deserved victory in the 73rd minute when he tucked home a loose ball in the penalty area.
His goal ended a run of six straight clean sheets for Leeds, who finished with 10 men after defender Pontus Jansson went off injured with all three substitutes on the pitch. respectively at the Riverside.
But Boro pegged them back twice courtesy of Lewis Baker’s goal nine minutes before the break and then Ashley Fletcher’s header in the 56th minute and, despite a few other late scares, the hosts sealed all three points thanks to Britt Assombalonga’s diving header on the hour.
The result left Nuno Espirito Santo’s side sitting in the top two in the Sky Bet Championship, while frustrated Forest found themselves reflecting on a second consecutive home defeat.