Football - County keen to hold up Hoops

Ross County manager Derek Adams knows Celtic will visit Dingwall in a rush to clinch the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title following their European exit.

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Football - County keen to hold up Hoops

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Derek Adams' Ross County are on a 10-match unbeaten run

Celtic saw their lead at the top of the SPL cut to 16 points following defeat at Motherwell and, if the Lanarkshire side keep winning, will need four victories to begin the celebrations. But Adams' team have their own agenda as they look to tie up top-six qualification and extend their unbeaten run in 2013.

County have put themselves four points clear of the bottom half following a 10-match unbeaten run and Adams is hungry to seal the achievement of a top-half finish in the club's first season in the top flight.

Ahead of Saturday's match, Adams said: "We want to continue the unbeaten run and we have got a tough one to play against Celtic. They have come off a good performance against Juventus in Turin.

"We'll just have to find out which team is going to come to Dingwall on Saturday. They have got undoubted quality throughout their side. They are a team that wants to win the SPL as quickly as possible.

"We want to collect as many points as we can as quickly as possible as well. We have put ourselves in a very good position and we want to stay in the top six. We have got four games to go and tough ones at that.

"We have achieved more than we thought we would at the start of the season. Consolidating in the Premier League was the main focus. We have probably done that now and we have put ourselves in a great position."

County will have the chance to see how far they have come in 2013 against the last team to beat them. The Dingwall side went down 4-0 at Parkhead on December 22.

Adams said: "We had chances early on in the game but you have got to take those chances when they come along. But Celtic were magnificent that day, they passed the ball very well and their movement was exceptional.

"We have had five clean sheets in a row and come Saturday it will be very difficult to have another one because of Celtic's attacking talent. But I'm sure we'll try to win the match and play with the attacking style that we have done for the majority of the season."

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