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Ross County looking to silence Aberdeen's Red Army in Dingwall as Premiership clash heads towards sell-out

By Alasdair Fraser

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STEVEN Ferguson reckons a wall of sound from Aberdeen's Red Army tomorrow can inspire Ross County.

Ross County co-manager Steven Ferguson is expecting a noisy reception from the away end. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Ross County co-manager Steven Ferguson is expecting a noisy reception from the away end. Picture: Ken Macpherson

The large Aberdeen support descending on Dingwall will make it almost like a home atmosphere for the Dons.

County fans will be in the majority in the 6541 sell-out, but traditionally quiet Staggies support will be no match for the barrage of noise emanating from 2000 away fans in the north stand.

Ferguson, though, is convinced his players will thrive on the big occasion despite recent hefty setbacks away to Celtic and at home to Rangers.

The County co-manager said: “We have a very loyal fan-base, but we’re not big in numbers.

“When Celtic, Rangers and Aberdeen come to town, it can very much sound like as home game for these big clubs.

“We don’t expect to out-noise or out-sing these big clubs, but the atmosphere itself whether away supporters or home is one I know the players here relish.

“It is the sort of occasion and atmosphere that can inspire our players to go that extra mile to get the outcome we’re looking for.”

County have extra motivation to succeed where they failed at Pittodrie in a 3–0 defeat in August.

The match was more closely fought than the eventual scoreline would suggest, but Ferguson knows the ability to churn out victories with regularity is a trait of Derek McInnes’s team.

County’s own 6-0 beating by Celtic in Glasgow was thrown into sharp perspective when the Dons were filleted 4-0 by Neil Lennon’s side soon after.

They were also thrashed 5-0 by Rangers. But Ferguson is well-aware that the Dons have bounced back strongly with wins over Kilmarnock and Hamilton to get back into the top four.

He said: “I think it shows just how strong the form of Celtic and Rangers is at the moment when teams like Aberdeen find it really difficult against them.

“Aberdeen, in their own right, have had some really good results recently. They are definitely a team to be reckoned with and definitely one of the big boys coming to Dingwall.

“They have reacted superbly to their Old Firm defeats and I don’t think you would expect anything less from an Aberdeen team.

“Derek McInnes and Tony Docherty have done it consistently over a number of years and know how to win games and know how to weather storms.”

“It is one we’re looking at as a very big challenge, but it is one we embrace.

Iain Vigurs, Don Cowie, Callum Morris and Nathan Baxter remain out.

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