AARON McCarey has revealed how he felt hurt at being dropped by previous Ross County boss Jim McIntyre – and it spurred him on to come back stronger.
For so long the number two stopper, McCarey was given his chance after Scott Fox’s high-profile error in the 3-1 defeat against Rangers.
However, he was afforded just two games between the posts as McIntyre recalled Fox for the 1-0 loss against Hibernian, which ultimately proved to be the former County boss’s last game in charge.
McCarey had a 15-minute cameo at the end of the midweek 0-0 draw with St Johnstone after Fox limped off with a thigh injury that could keep him out for a sustained period of time.
Ex-Wolves man McCarey has earned his chance and said he was motivated by McIntyre axing him from the team so soon after getting his opportunity.
McCarey said: “It was very frustrating but I always respect the manager’s decision. I’m not one for going kicking doors down and being disrespectful towards managers.
“Whether you like it or not you just have to get on with it, knuckle down and go back on the training ground on Monday morning to try to prove a point.
“It hurt me at the time – and it gave me plenty of motivation. It’s just about trying to start again – it’s a clean slate for everyone.”
McCarey said of new boss Coyle: “He’s been brilliant with us since day one. He’s given everybody an opportunity and that’s all we can ask for.”
Since arriving in 2016 McCarey has made just nine appearances for the Staggies and feels he is due an extended run in the side.
Bar him and Fox, County only have development squad keeper Ross Munro available, with Mark Foden on loan to Stirling Albion.
McCarey’s reintroduction to the team came unexpectedly at McDiarmid Park with Fox going down after making a clearance with no other player around him.
McCarey said: “It’s part and parcel of being a goalkeeper in that you’ve got to be ready.
“You never know when you’re going to be called upon. Ninety per cent of the time you’re not going to play, but you always have to be ready, keep yourself tuned in and warm when you’re on the bench. I just had to be ready to do a job for the team.
“It was difficult coming on in those circumstances with Scott being injured. I was just glad to get in.”
McCarey should start in Saturday’s game against Aberdeen at Pittodrie, with County awaiting the results of a scan on Fox’s injury.
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