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Quality not quantity is Ross County transfer policy


By Will Clark

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MANAGER Malky Mackay says he will only bring in players to Ross County during the January transfer window if he believes they are better or as good as they have in the squad just now.

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Ross County are now into their winter break in 10th place in the Scottish Premiership after their 2–1 defeat at Hearts on Boxing Day.

Fifteen points from their last 10 games has seen Ross County move out of the relegation zone, a significant improvement in form considering they only had three points before defeating Dundee 5–0 for their first win of the season back in October.

Mackay says he will consider bringing in new personnel during the January transfer window, but will not be looking for players just to make up numbers.

Additionally, he said there might be current players in the squad, not getting regular first team action who could leave the club next month.

“There might be one or two of the fringe squad who want to get their career going so they might move on.

“We might try to see if we can strengthen a couple of positions, if we are going to add, we need to add with quality that is just as good if not better than we’ve got.

“There is no point bringing in squad fillers.”

With Covid-19 having an impact on squad throughout the divisions this season, Mackay has also not ruled out bringing back players on loan in the lower divisions.

“We have young kids out on loan in the Highland League which is the best pathway for them, they should not be filling hampers, they should be playing in the Highland League, we will bring them in January. “

In the meantime, the squad are set to get a chance to go home and spend time with their families during the first part of the break.

They will then return when they will spend time at a camp in Edinburgh to prepare for the resumption of the Premiership on Monday, January 17 with a home tie against Motherwell.

Ross County were due to fly out to Spain during the winter break, but due to the Covid situation, they have switched to a base closer to home.

“We were supposed to go to Spain for a week and had a training camp lined up there,” said Mackay.

“Obviously this happened so we cancelled it, all SPFL chairman cancelled most of the trips. “Soon as they said the games wouldn’t happen, we gave the players a week off with their families then the next week we’ll do something.

“I spoke to people at Oriam about three to four days few days kicking about Edinburgh and 10 days before the first game.”


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