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Adams wants Celtic showing to boost County

Derek Adams has challenged his Ross County players to emulate their performance against league leaders Celtic when they take on bottom club Livingston on Tuesday.

A win would move The Staggies nine points clear of David Martindale's side, having played two games fewer than their midweek hosts.

Despite defeat in Glasgow last time out, County gave a good account of themselves and may well feel aggrieved to have headed home empty handed.

Now faced with an entirely different prospect against a Livingston side winless in 13 league outings, Adams wants to see similar qualities from their Celtic defeat.

“We have got to do much of the same as we did on Saturday,” he said. “We have to create openings and play on the front foot. That’s what we did at Celtic Park.

“We played in a way where we caused Celtic trouble at times and we have got to do that on Tuesday night.”

The County boss handed out four debuts in imposing conditions, as Teddy Jenks, Loick Ayina, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Brandon Khela all made their club bows.

Despite admitting that he would have preferred to introduce them against a team other than Celtic, Adams praised his new recruits and talked up the importance of getting them up to speed.

“When you take in new players to any club it’s about getting them started as quickly as possible,” he said.

“I’d have preferred to start them against a different team but to see the standard it was important to start them and it could have gone one of two ways.

“They had a good understanding of the game and that’s good going forward.”