Manager says there is still more to come from Ross County midfielder
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Malky Mackay expects Regan Charles-Cook to play a big role for Ross County this season after an impressive run of performances.
The 24-year-old winger has been the Staggies’ main threat going forward in recent matches, notably scoring their goal away at Aberdeen in a 1–1 draw.
He had shown flashes of promise last season but suffered from rarely playing 90 minutes.
That has certainly not been the case this time around, as ever since he returned from the Gold Cup with Grenada he has been a key part of Mackay’s selections.
Performance levels have taken a step up compared to his first campaign in Dingwall, but the County manager does not think Charles-Cook has reached his peak just yet.
After catching the eye across the opening stretch of Premiership fixtures it could bode well for the club if Mackay is right, so it is up to the winger to keep pushing himself to improve.
“I have been told by some of the staff about times last season when his confidence wasn’t quite what it is just now,” Mackay explained.
“Looking at the boy I’m looking at just now, I said to him a couple of days before the weekend that I think there’s another 30 per cent in him. When I see what I see in training, there is way more to come from him.
“I expect an even better end product from him now. Everyone who has texted me after last weekend has mentioned him asking ‘who’s that?’
“He played against a Croatian international right back who must have been thinking ‘who is playing against me here?’ I don’t think we played him the ball enough, because we saw what he did.
“What is working at the moment seems to be working for him on the pitch as well. He’s a big part of what we are doing, and when he’s doing that against Celtic on Saturday there’s no excuse for him.”