Last week Celtic were forced to travel to Fir Park for the third time this season as the post-split SPL fixtures threw up their usual imbalance of home and away fixtures, and this week they have to do it all again as they visit Ross County for the third time still seeking their first win there this campaign.
Neil Lennon’s men snatched a dramatic 1-1 draw at the Global Energy Stadium back in August when Kris Commons equalised with the last kick of the game, before they surrendered a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 there in early March.
And there are other factors which point to another difficult afternoon in the Highlands for the Hoops.
Celtic haven’t won away from home in the league since 9th February, losing three and drawing two of their away trips since then, their poorest run on the road since the very first season of the SPL 15 years ago.
On top of that, Lennon has suggested that he may use the remaining league fixtures to blood his youngsters and fringe players in an attempt to keep his star men fit for the Scottish Cup Final at the end of the month, and also in preparation for a hideously short summer break which will see them kick off their Champions League qualifying campaign just six weeks after the season ends.
So, with an inexperienced Celtic side a likelihood, combined with their poor recent run and their winless record against Ross County in the Highlands, Derek Adams’ side will be confident of making them suffer again on Sunday afternoon.
Add to that the fact that County have lost just once on home soil since mid-September, and they become formidable opponents for any side, least of all a struggling one.
The hosts are 18/5 to take all three points in Dingwall, while the draw is on offer at 13/5.
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The champions are still hot favourites despite their toils, available at an unappealing 13/20 – a price that doesn’t seem to reflect the difficulty of their task.