Jack Baldwin says playing likes of Celtic and Rangers tempts players from England to Ross County
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CAPTAIN Jack Baldwin says playing in big games against the likes of the Old Firm draws players up to Ross County.
The Staggies are set to face champions Celtic at the Global Energy Stadium in Dingwall in the second match of the Premiership campaign on Saturday.
Ross County kicked off their league campaign last week with a 2–1 defeat against Hearts in front of a crowd of 18,242 at Tynecastle.
Defender Baldwin, who arrived from Bristol Rovers last season, admitted the prospect of facing the biggest teams in Scotland is a factor in driving players from England to Dingwall and playing for County.
“For us as a group of players, it is why we come to Scotland to play these big games against Celtic, Hearts and Hibernian,” says Baldwin.
Looking forward to the match, he said: “It is a good one to bounce back with and it is another tough test.
“It will be a great test and hopefully we will get something from it.
“They will bring their fans up but we are at home and we will give it a go.”
Looking at the squad, Baldwin says Ross County have shown they have replaced the quality players they lost last season with new additions who are just as good with the potential to be better.
“A large core group of players are still here, but obviously the nature of football means you will lose players and players come in.”
He added: “The lads that have come in compliment us fantastically well.
“They are similar to what we have lost and the quality we have lost has been replaced.
“It is a great group with plenty of talent who are professional and work hard.
“We showed the stuff we can play and we will get better when we understand each other more.”