‘Get behind your team’ call issued by Ross County supporter liaison officer
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Ross County’s supporter liaison officer Kenny MacLennan has issued a rallying cry to fans ahead of the new season.
The Staggies were supposed to kick off the 2021/22 campaign last weekend away at Forfar Athletic, only for the match to be cancelled due to Covid-19 cases in Dingwall.
That means the first game of the season feel has transferred to this Sunday’s home match against Dundee.
The occasion will also be marked by the return of fans to the Global Energy Stadium for the first time since December, and in their biggest numbers since the start of the pandemic.
Tickets are on sale for each of County’s home matches in the Premier Sports Cup group stage now, with the club shop open up to 2pm on matchday and tickets priced at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.
County will be hoping that as many fans as possible buy a ticket to make the most of the four-figure attendance they are allowed to host.
MacLennan is one of those eager to get back into the ground, picking it out as one of the things he is looking forward to most.
“I’m looking to having a bit of a buzz and seeing supporters back in the ground,” MacLennan said on the latest episode of the Balls & Whistles podcast.
“That’s got to happen, and whatever form it happens in I want to see it back to being buzzing.
“There were young guys who were starting to take my drum and thump it in the Jailend, and then the season kind of ended and it all went a bit pear-shaped after that with Covid.
“I want to see that back, and I want to see these young guys with a bit of enthusiasm really get things going.”
It is all change at the club since the last time supporters were welcomed through the turnstiles.
Then, defeat to Hamilton proved to be Stuart Kettlewell’s final match in charge.
The John Hughes era has come and gone, with the controversial appointment of Malky Mackay taking centre stage since then.
Mackay could, according to MacLennan, win some fans round if the football is at a high enough level.
MacLennan certainly thinks the atmosphere in the stands can be helped by good performances as much as the other way around, and he has called on all County supporters to back the team from the off.
“It’s got to come from the park as well – it’s a two-way thing,” he reasoned.
“If the supporters see something good happening on the park, it filters through the stands.
“It’s definitely a two-way thing, but as a support, I know things may be different to what some people expected, and yes there have been challenges in the past, but we need to just get behind it now.
“This is our football club, we need it to be in a good place and we need this to be a success.
“The chairman is putting all of his effort into this, so we need to so the same as a support.”