Christie rises to the top as Celtic cruise to vic­tory

Evening Times - - SPORT -

RYAN Christie moved to the top of the Celtic scor­ing charts with a first-half dou­ble as the Park­head club cruised to a com­fort­able win over Ross County in Ding­wall.

Tom Rogic and Mikey John­ston both net­ted in the sec­ond-half as the triple tre­ble win­ners recorded their 10th con­sec­u­tive vic­tory in all com­pe­ti­tions.

Christie went close to open­ing the scor­ing for Celtic in the sixth minute af­ter Lewis Mor­gan was brought down by Sean Kelly just out­side the Ross County area.

The Scot­land mid­fielder beat goal­keeper Nathan Baxter with his at­tempt only to be de­nied by the post. But he put the vis­i­tors in front five min­utes later af­ter ref­eree Nick Walsh ruled that Keith Wat­son had kicked Mor­gan at a cor­ner.

Christie’s spot-kick was weak and was eas­ily saved by Baxter, but he pounced on the re­bound and net­ted.

The home team drew level in the 24th minute af­ter Celtic right-back Jeremie Frim­pong bun­dled over Ross Ste­wart.

Tom Rogic failed to deal with a Josh Mullin free-kick into his penalty box and Ste­wart nod­ded be­yond Fraser Forster from a few yards out. But Christie put the away side back in front six min­utes be­fore half-time af­ter get­ting on the end of a Kristof­fer Ajer through ball, tak­ing his tally for the sea­son at club level to 15 and ahead of Edouard in the scor­ing charts.

Cal­lum Mc­Gre­gor struck the post af­ter fir­ing through Wat­son’s legs from the edge of the County penalty box in the 59th minute be­fore the Glas­gow club in­creased their lead eight min­utes later fol­low­ing good work by Mor­gan. Rogic’s shot was de­flected past Baxter off Ste­wart.

Mikey John­ston came on for Rogic and added a fourth shortly af­ter tak­ing to the field. He re­ceived the ball from Greg Tay­lor on the left wing in the 73rd minute, out­sprinted Ricky Fos­ter and fired a pow­er­ful shot be­yond Baxter.

Matthew Lindsay

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