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Ross County's supporter liaison officer Kenny MacLennan backs young striker Matthew Wright to chance any chance he is given after successful loan with Brora Rangers in Highland League


By Andrew Henderson

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Ross County supporter liaison officer Kenny MacLennan believes Matthew Wright could step up and play a role for the Staggies in the second half of the season.

While County have not struggled in finding the net, very few of their goals have come from strikers, with Jordan White, Dominic Samuel and Alex Samuel having just five goals between them in all competitions.

Meanwhile, Matthew Wright has been out on loan at Brora Rangers and has been one of the most prolific forwards in the Highland League. Now, he has returned to Dingwall with manager Malky Mackay undecided over what lies in store for him in the second half of the campaign.

“We have brought back Matthew Wright and Adam Mackinnon from the Highland League – and at the moment they are going nowhere," Mackay said.

Matthew Wright found the net against Elgin City in pre-season, and was one of the Highland League's leading scorers with Brora Rangers. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Matthew Wright found the net against Elgin City in pre-season, and was one of the Highland League's leading scorers with Brora Rangers. Picture: Ken Macpherson

“The young boys who were at Brora have got big potential, and a big future at the club. We will decide very late in the window whether we do anything with them going back out, or whether they become part of our squad now."

There is obviously a big step up between the Highland League and top flight, but MacLennan sees no reason why Wright could not be given a chance to compete for his place in the side.

“I would be giving these guys a chance,” MacLennan said.

“What’s the problem with having that guy on the bench? Blood him, get him in the team and give him a chance, because you could spend I don’t know how much on trying to get somebody up and it might not work.

“There’s no massive expectations on the boy – he’s young, he’s local. He just has to go and enjoy himself, and he’s the type of guy that would get right in about it.

“The problem with blooding youngsters is the thrive for keeping ourselves in the league and putting that pressure on them. He’s really filled out, so I think he would easily match up against guys in the league, but it’s just taking that risk.

“Sooner or later, somebody is going to have to say we need to give this boy a chance. For me, I would love to see a young local lad getting a chance, I’m all for that.”


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