Goalkeeper says more United changes can help Ross County
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Ross Laidlaw hopes Dundee United continue to prioritise the Scottish Cup – making them slightly easier prey for the Staggies to pounce on this Saturday.
Ahead of the Terrors’ cup quarter final against Aberdeen, United boss Micky Mellon rested a handful of first team regulars against Kilmarnock – and Kyle Lafferty scored a hat trick to make sure all three points stayed in Ayrshire to leapfrog County in the table.
The gamble seemed to pay off when they travelled to Aberdeen in the cup though, turning in an impressive performance to win 3–0 at Pittodrie.
With County’s focus in the last few weeks of the campaign solely on trying to earn Premiership survival, he would not mind one bit if Mellon chooses to keep players fresh for their trip to Hampden next week.
That is especially the case after Lawrence Shankland, Marc McNulty and Nicky Clark showed exactly how potent they can be against the Dons.
“Dundee United are a good team with a lot of good players,” Laidlaw explained.
“Their frontline is one of the best in the country.
“I know they came up from the Championship last year, but they’re a really good Premiership side – they’re probably looking to be a top six team.
“We know it’s going to be difficult going down there, and obviously they’re on a high right now and playing some good stuff.
“Hopefully they will have an eye on the game coming up the week after, and they will make some changes the way they did against Kilmarnock. We’ll see what happens.”
County have received a numbers boost ahead of their trip to Tannadice, as Connor Randall has returned to training earlier than expected, while Carl Tremarco could be in line to return too.