SUBSTITUTE Leigh Griffiths’ scorching second-half free-kick was sufficient to beat Ross County and lengthen Celtic’s personal British unbeaten home document to 64 video games.
The Ladbrokes Premiership leaders had discovered the Staggies tough to interrupt down in Dingwall.
After the hour mark Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers turned to the bench for assist from the Scotland striker, who got here on with Jonny Hayes.
And when Griffiths acquired his alternative from a free-kick in 77 minutes, he curled it trademark type previous Levels keeper Aaron McCarey to present the Hoops a slender win and set them up for the Champions League recreation in opposition to Paris Saint-Germain in France on Wednesday evening.
Left-back Kieran Tierney made his 100th look for Celtic in an unchanged facet with fit-again Griffiths and defender Jozo Simunovic on the bench.
Owen Coyle’s facet have been additionally unchanged and loved a reasonably stress-free first-45 minutes which offered few speaking factors.
Celtic keeper Craig Gordon needed to race out rapidly to thwart Staggies midfielder Michael Gardyne within the opening levels the place the guests practised their passing recreation, in no obvious hurry to get to the County objective.
There have been additionally indicators of slackness within the Hoops play and within the 13th minute, after defender Nir Bitton had conceded possession, wide-man Davis Keillor-Dunn curled a shot over the bar from 20 yards.
The league leaders slowly gained management and within the 23rd minute midfielder Stuart Armstrong performed in fellow midfielder Callum McGregor however he appeared to have the ball nicked away from his toe by Christopher Routis as he set himself to shoot, though the Parkhead participant appealed for a penalty.
Celtic defender Mikael Lustig discovered the side-netting from a McGregor nook in the beginning of the second-half and the Hoops first shot on course got here within the 55th minute from Moussa Dembele which McCarey gathered with ease.
On the different finish, Gordon acquired right down to his right-hand publish to save lots of a 25-yard free-kick from Routis earlier than Rodgers introduced on Griffiths and Hayes on for McGregor and James Forrest.
The Highlanders started to sense there was greater than a draw on supply and broke with growing goal and confidence.
Celtic, for his or her half, couldn’t get out of their slumber.
Nonetheless, when Jim O’Brien was booked for a foul on Armstrong, it gave Griffiths a chance to make his mark that he accepted readily, curling his free-kick excessive previous McCarey.
The objective allowed the treble-winners to loosen up and midfielder Olivier Ntcham, on for Dembele, cracked the publish with a drive from the sting of the field, and Scott Sinclair missed the goal with a very good likelihood earlier than the top, with a County declare for handball in opposition to Dedryck Boyata within the Celtic field ignored.