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Celtic player ratings: An eight seals top status – but it’s not Moritz Jenz – amid pass marks

Celtic were victorious in Dingwall after a 3-1 win over Ross County.

Kyogo Furuhashi gave Celtic the lead in the 48th minute but Alex Iacovitti levelled with Ross County’s first effort on target 10 minutes later.

Malky Mackay’s side looked like they might frustrate their visitors but Jenz ran in to meet Jota’s inswinging cross and head into the roof of the net from six yards in the 84th minute.

Substitute Liel Abada wrapped up victory in stoppage time when he curled home from 18 yards.

Seemed to be a little unsure of himself at the corner from which Celtic conceded but maybe his concentration had wavered with so little involvement till that point. 6

On-loan Lorient defender Jenz had only been drafted in after Stephen Welsh dropped out through illness on Friday.

The 23-year-old German picked up a booking in a shaky moment in defence but looked assured on the ball and made himself an instant hero with the crucial moment of the game on a ground where Celtic needed an Anthony Ralston winner in the seventh minute of stoppage time last season.

Andrew Smith was in Dingwall and rates the Celtic players’ performances out of ten …

The tight pitch at Dingwall wasn’t conducive to the sort of over-lapping runs that are a key feature of the Croatian right-back’s game but he certainly worked hard enough. 6
A day to remember for the German centre-back thanks to his crashing 84th minute headed goal. It capped a thoroughly decent debut, the player purring through the opening half before a few splutters as he earned a booking in coming under a little more pressure in the second 45. 7
So much were County clamping down at the back, he took matters into his own hands with a mazy run into the box that almost led to a goal. Little to do defensively. 6
Busy throughout, the ease with which he steps inside to play the inverted full-back role helped his attackers pull County players out of position. 7
The crispness and immaculate ball circulation normally a given from the Celtic captain wasn’t always in evidence, but the willing was certainly there. 6
Starting in place of the injured Reo Hatate, he appeared the midfielder most likely to make things happen in curious first half, before giving way to Giorgos Giakoumakis in the 73rd minute as Celtic chased a winning goal. 7
His growing reputation may be preceding him as close attention from opponents meant he couldn’t always get on the ball and play telling passes as his game is built around. 6
Seemed fated not to be for the wide man. Wholly wasteful in sending wide a header that begged to be buried, then was denied superbly by keeper Ross Laidlaw with a neat flick. Had a small injury so no shock didn’t reappear after the interval. 5
A first goal of the season that came with a precise finish to break the deadlock 48 minutes in was the highlight of a display that didn’t see the forward at his fleet-footed best. 7
The winger’s importance to his team seems to be growing by the game. An irrepressible figure, as evidenced by the fact he provided assists for all three Celtic goals. 8

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