Celtic vs Ross County: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Grey Whitebloom
Celtic have already defeated Ross County home and away this season
Celtic have already defeated Ross County home and away this season / Ian MacNicol/GettyImages

League-leading Celtic host mid-table Ross County in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday afternoon.

It took a 97th-minute winner from Anthony Ralston for Celtic to edge past Ross County when the sides met in mid-December. That last-gasp header kept Celtic within four points of Rangers at the table's summit but, three months on, the Bhoys sit in first place with a three-point cushion.

County have recovered from a dreadful start - winless in their first ten league games - to lie sixth, ahead of Dundee United by goal difference alone with just three matches left before the league is split in two.

Here's all you need to know about Saturday's game.

How to watch Celtic vs Ross County on TV/live stream

When is kick off? Saturday 19 March, 15:00 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Celtic Park
TV channel/live stream? Celtic TV (outside UK & Ireland)
Highlights? SPFL YouTube
Referee? Don Robertson

Celtic team news

Liel Abada
Liel Abada is expected to return to action this weekend / Mark Runnacles/GettyImages

Celtic teed up a trio of April meetings against Rangers by breezing past Dundee United in the Scottish Cup quarter-final on Monday night.

Top scorer Liel Abada and fellow forward Jota were left out of the squad but manager Ange Postecoglou assured that the pair, suffering from illness and a knock respectively, will be available for the visit of County this weekend.

Michael Johnston returned from an ankle injury to feature off the bench in that cup tie but Kyogo Furuhashi and David Turnbull remain doubtful as they nurse a pair of hamstring injuries.

Ross County team news

Malky Mackay's side will have enjoyed (or endured) a full fortnight's preparation for their trip to Celtic Park. Austrian midfielder David Cancola has been out with a groin injury since January but returned to training, along with defender Keith Watson in the week leading up to the match.

Such is the well-stocked status of Mackay's squad, the former Cardiff City manager said: “It’s one of the few times that I might have a headache over what the bench might look like," as quoted by the Press and Journal. "I might have to ask them to put the bench up to 11.”

Celtic vs Ross County head-to-head record

Celtic have never been beaten by Ross County at home in Scotland's top flight, winning 11 of 14 meetings between the pair at Parkhead.

Ross County only advanced from the Highland League to Scotland's professional pyramid in 1994 but claimed a famous scalp at Celtic's expense in 2010, defeating the illustrious Hoops in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup with a 2-0 win at Hampden Park.

County also managed to dump Celtic out of the League Cup semi-finals in 2016, going on to win the showpiece to secure the first piece of major silverware in the club's history.

Celtic vs Ross County score prediction

Malky MacKay, Ange Postecoglou
Malkay Mackay has lost his two previous meetings with Ange Postecoglou's Celtic / Ian MacNicol/GettyImages

The Staggies have won their last three matches, losing just one of their previous eight outings - a run which began with a 3-3 draw against Rangers in January.

However, they face the toughest test in Scottish football. The Hoops haven't lost at Celtic Park to another team from north of Hadrian's Wall since January 2021.

Despite County's fighting talk of making a 'statement', the Dingwall outfit are unlikely to break Celtic's year-plus streak.

Prediction: Celtic 2-0 Ross County