On a very slippery pitch in Dingwall, in front of a surprisingly subdued crowd, Celtic moved comfortably into the quarter-finals of the Scottish Communities League Cup at the expense of Ross County.
In truth, right from the start, there always seemed to be a considerable difference between the two sides in terms of quality and Celtic took control from the outset, never allowing County any time on the ball. This continued for the remainder of the match and the result rather flattered the First Division side, as they made few inroads into a very competent Celtic defence.
If the manager was looking for a bit of a boost after the disappointment of Sunday, then he certainly got it in this match. Everybody appeared to be up for the contest and while more attempts on goal might have been expected in view of the possession gained, Neil will have been pleased by the enthusiasm and drive shown right through the side.
Typically, as always happens when one side has so much possession, they tend to become involved in too many passing movements and Celtic could certainly have been accused of this in Dingwall. Still, for a team heavily criticised after the Old Firm tie and now seeking redemption, ‘one step at a time’ is a very well-recognised maxim and the management will be quite pleased that a possible ‘banana-skin’ was overcome and Celtic are in the draw for the next round.