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Manager says Ross County will keep looking for new signings in January transfer window


By Andrew Henderson

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Malky Mackay anticipated Ross County’s search for January reinforcements will continue right until the very end of the transfer window.

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The Staggies boss has already stated he will not sign players for the sake of padding out his squad, but would rather push for players who may be unattainable in reality in the hope they are convinced by the project in Dingwall.

With those players more likely to be in demand, or unavailable because their clubs want to keep hold of them, it could be late into the month before further developments are made at all.

Mackay has already signed defenders Declan Drysdale and Kayne Ramsay on loan in January – in his mind to fill gaps that had appeared in the squad – but he has not ruled out further additions before the deadline next Monday if it becomes possible to bring in an existing target.

“It’s one of those situations where they might have a couple of options,” former Scotland FA performance director Mackay reasoned.

“Unless someone says thanks, but no thanks after we send the offer out – which hasn’t happened – you see how things go right until the death.

“There may be someone who you put an enquiry in for and at that point the club aren’t looking to move them out, but it’s like dominoes – they might get someone in, and then that means they can let out a player you want.

“When we’re talking about reasonably high divisions in England, and someone can have the opportunity to come and play here and some will say ‘no thanks’, others will want to play.

“The big issue we had was our defence with two leaving, so we managed to plug that area. If someone comes in at the last minute, great, but I don’t intend to just stack and rack players for the sake of it. It’s happened before, but I’m not doing it.”

While Mackay is not ruling out players signing for the club, he has confirmed that one player in particular will not be leaving Dingwall this moment – Ross Munro.

“At the moment Ross is our third goalkeeper, and Ross is a terrific young professional who we need here in case one of the other guys goes down, simple as that,” Mackay added.

“He’s immaculate in his training. He’s a top pro, it’s why he travels with us and is around the squad for home and away games. He’s an absolute model young pro.

“Young Logan (Ross) underneath him keeps watching him and looking at what he does, and if Logan is to act like Ross over the next couple of years, he will have a good chance of making it.

“We have no plans to loan out Ross at the moment.”


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