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Ross County midfielder is delighted to link-up with brother


By Will Clark

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Ross County’s Harry Paton says that playing alongside his brother in Dingwall is the stuff dreams are made of.

Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness. Ross County(2) v Rangers(4). 22.08.21. Ross County's Ben Paton in an early tussle for the ball with Rangers' Ianis Hagi.
Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness. Ross County(2) v Rangers(4). 22.08.21. Ross County's Ben Paton in an early tussle for the ball with Rangers' Ianis Hagi.

He signed for the Staggies in the summer of 2018, but was joined by younger brother Ben earlier this year in July after Ben was released by Blackburn Rovers.

Both players prefer to operate in the middle of the park, but it is the younger Paton who has seen more minutes on the pitch so far this season albeit in a less familiar position at left back.

With County’s injury concerns at full back especially, it may still be a little while before the two get to link up in central midfield.

Though they will undoubtedly have spent hours playing football together growing up, playing on the same team has been rare.

So Harry Paton is looking forward to when the time comes to show what they can do as a tandem.

For the time being though, he is just happy to have his brother alongside him in the Highlands and making a positive impact on games.

“To be able to play with him in the Scottish Premiership is brilliant,” the elder Paton brother explained.

“We have never played in the same team before. We have trained together a lot, but to play at the highest level in Scotland is something we’d never really dreamed of doing.

“We always talked about it, but never dreamed it could have happened in reality. He’s playing a bit too well at left-back, so it might be a while before he’s in midfield!

“It does show he is a quality player. If he can do a job there, it shows that he could do a lot more in his natural midfield position. If we could get together in the middle, then hopefully that chemistry would be really good.

“Ben has come up to visit over the past few years and he really likes it up here. It’s a bit different from where he stayed before, in Manchester.

“This is a lot quieter and outdoorsy, which he loves. He is settling in well.”


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