Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Mulgrew hails Celtic's never-say-die spirit

A late Kris Commons goal denied Ross County

Ross County 1 Celtic 1: Charlie Mulgrew claimed Celtic's self-belief came to the fore on Saturday when they snatched a late draw against Ross County at Victoria Park.

The last gasp comeback comes ahead of Celtic’s Champions League first leg play-off against Helsingborg in Sweden tomorrow night

The Clydesdale Bank Premier League new-boys took the lead just after the interval with a wonderful Richard Brittain free-kick and as the game entered the final seconds of the three added minutes, it looked like the Staggies would hold on for their first league win over the Glasgow giants.

However, Celtic showed their never-say-die spirit when, in a final attack, Kris Commons pounced to tap the ball into the net from close range after County goalkeeper Michael Fraser had spilled a shot from Hoops substitute Tony Watt.

As Neil Lennon's men now turn their attention to Europe, stand-in skipper Mulgrew said: “Maybe a year ago we might have lost that game.

“But we stayed strong and fought to the end and got the point and we were happy with that in the end.

“When you are on the pitch you always believe you will get something and if we had scored earlier we might have went on and won it, but we took a point in the end.

“I think everyone believed and that's why we got the goal.”

County boss Derek Adams was angry that referee Craig Thomson added on three minutes when there were only two substitutes in the second-half and no players required treatment.

Brittain was equally puzzled by the added time but believes the Staggies will survive their first season in the SPL if they keep up the standard set against the champions.

He said: “It is good to put another point on the board, three points after three games is a solid start so onwards to next week.

“If we show the hunger and desire to get on the ball and the bravery — I thought we showed that in spades and that is a credit to ourselves — then we will be fine.”

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