Celtic's Scottish Premiership match with Ross County scheduled for later this month will now kick-off earlier than first planned.

The league clash was originally pencilled in for December 23 with a 7:45pm start time.

The match will still take place on the same day but due to a request by both clubs it will now kick-off at 6pm. 

Hibs' match with Ross County on December 30 has also been brought forward to a 6pm kick-off from an original time of 7:45pm.

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Meanwhile, Celtic manager Neil Lennon has been told his job is safe for the rest of the year.

Lennon has been handed his second public vote of confidence inside a week.

Disgruntlement among the Celtic support further intensified after Celtic drew 1-1 with St Johnstone on Sunday to leave themselves 13 points behind Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers with two games in hand.

But the Celtic board has released another statement making clear its “continuing support for Neil and his backroom team”.

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The statement added: “Whilst it has been suggested that it is time for a change, at this stage in the season the board believes that Neil and his management team are best placed to turn the team’s performances around and lead us on to success.

“The board continues to work closely with Neil and his team to support them as they seek to do so and progress will be reviewed in the new year.”