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Goalkeeper says Ross County are in good hands

By Alasdair Fraser

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ROSS Laidlaw believes Ross County are in the best possible hands with Malky Mackay showing “a touch of class” in and around the club.

Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness. Motherwell(1) v Ross County(2). 16.05.21. Ross County 'keeper Ross Laidlaw.
Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness. Motherwell(1) v Ross County(2). 16.05.21. Ross County 'keeper Ross Laidlaw.

The Staggies goalkeeper, who swept up the club player of the year awards last season, has been highly impressed by the new manager’s impact both on and off the training pitch.

Tomorrow’s Premiership opener at home to St Johnstone sees the Dingwall team still short on targeted signings, but Laidlaw insists they won’t fall short in preparation.

“The gaffer has been great since coming here. You can see why he’s managed at the top level,” the 29-year-old said.

“He has a bit of class in the way he conducts himself about the club and a presence about him as well. He knows his stuff and he’s out there on the training pitch every day, really hands on.

“You can speak to him and he’ll pull you in for wee chats about what he wants from you.

“Everything we do in training is geared towards the Saturday. This week it was all about St Johnstone, what the game plan is, and how he wants us to press and set up defensively. It has been really organised and training has been first class.”

Laidlaw, who signed a new deal in the summer, credits his impressive last season to staying injury-free.

Having turned 29 this month, it was his first full season of action after spells in the shadows at Raith Rovers and Hibs.

“I just try to be as consistent as I can. You want to play every week and I think last season was the first in my career where I’ve had a full season playing.

“I’m at a good age nowhere I can go and play week in, week out and that was part of the decision for me in staying here.

“I want to build on last year and progress with the club and finish higher in the league than we did last year. Hopefully my performances can stay at a high level.”

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