Celtic denied all three points by County’s Vigurs

Anthony Stokes scored opener for Hoops before Tony Watt goal ruled out for offside

Celtic’s Tony Watt saw his goal ruled out for  offside during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League match against Ross County at the Global Energy Stadium, Dingwall. Photograph: Chris Clark/PA Wire

Celtic’s Tony Watt saw his goal ruled out for offside during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League match against Ross County at the Global Energy Stadium, Dingwall. Photograph: Chris Clark/PA Wire

Sun, May 5, 2013, 14:54

A brilliant finish from Iain Vigurs ensured Ross County took points off Celtic for the third time this season in Sunday’s 1-1 draw but the hosts were also helped by a controversial offside decision.

Vigurs found the top corner from 20 yards following a setpiece four minutes before half-time to cancel out Anthony Stokes’s early opener.

But Celtic should have gone into the break with a deserved lead after Tony Watt was denied a goal by a dubious offside decision.

County recovered from two down to beat Celtic 3-2 in their previous meeting and they again improved as the game progressed but could not get the winner they were pushing for to boost their hopes of a European place.

The draw means they are now four points adrift of third-placed Inverness and Caley Thistle will put County out of the running for a Europa League spot before the final-day Highland derby if they beat Dundee United at home on Saturday.