Published: 14/09/2007 00:00 - Updated: 30/11/2011 12:08

Feelgood factor will help Scottish game - Campbell

Ross County's Craig Gunn.
Ross County's Craig Gunn.

DICK Campbell believes it is time to be more appreciative of the strengths and qualities evident in Scottish football after the national team's night of sheer heroics in Paris. After years spent struggling to emerge from the doldrums, Scotland's greatest result in modern times will have lifted spirits in every corner of the game north of the border. For Campbell, there are lessons to be learned not only by his own Ross County players but also by those who frequently decry standards in our leagues. Most pertinently, though, Campbell believes the historic triumph against the World Cup finalists underlines the importance of his emphasis on the value of organisation and self-belief. Campbell, still savouring James McFadden's jaw-dropping winner yesterday (Thursday) morning, revealed he had danced with joy along with his County players as they watched the game together. The Ross County manager said, "Everyone at the club is still buzzing and we've just been talking about the game. "As a nation, we tend to be very critical of our football in Scotland, but I think this is simply a fabulous football result. "In some regards, it doesn't matter if Scotland fail to qualify now. With three games to go, we are top of a group containing the World Cup winners and the beaten finalists. That's the bottom line. "However tough the last three games will be, I'm sure France and Italy would rather be in our position. "The feelgood effects of that win filter right down through the Scottish game. Basically, if you are a Scotsman, you will be standing taller today. "I was watching the game with our players and everybody was just jumping with joy. "What that performance tells you is, if you are organised, committed and can play a wee bit, then just about anything is possible." It is easy to picture Campbell, in another life, as a Tartan Army foot soldier and he has always had strong links with Scotland's massed support. But as the dust settled on a truly incredible achievement, Campbell's thoughts came back to earth with a bump this week. County have lost Andy Barrowman, their top scorer with seven goals from nine games, for the important trip to face Raith Rovers at Stark's Park. In what could be a pivotal game, even this early in the season, Campbell would have desired a full range of options for what he admits is a difficult team selection. Campbell said, "Andy Barrowman will definitely miss the Raith game. He's got tonsilitis and that's a major blow because he's been going really well since joining. "We do have our new signings Scott Boyd and Gary Miller available in defence now, so there are decisions to be made. "I usually name the team on a Thursday, but we'll deliberate over the next couple of days, because I'm still unsure as to what team I want to play." Campbell has respect for Raith, a native Fife club he has coached at, but is not one to let reputations worry him. He said, "Raith is a big club and semi full-time, if you like. "They are very positive-minded down there at Kirkcaldy at the moment and there is an expectation this season, although there always is at a club like that. "They fancy themselves to be in or around the top positions come the end of the season and I dare say they will be. "It's not the easiest of places to go and I'd imagine it would be one of our biggest games of the season, purely because they are above us at the top of the league. But names don't mean anything to me. You show respect to all teams, whether it's Albion Rovers or Raith Rovers. "Our aim is to get ourselves up out of this league and we certainly do not want Raith to go seven points clear, so we'll go there to win. "I set out to win every game and I know that if we are organised and play we are as strong as anybody in this league." Raith have four victories and only one defeat to their names so far. County will also be without longer term absentees Hugh Robertson and Tony Bullock. Craig Gunn, who is believed to be the target of a loan offer from his past club Wick Academy, is also sidelined for the trip south.

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