Season defining stretch for Ross County as they prepare to take on Hamilton, Hearts and St Mirren before league split
Steven Ferguson admits eight matches against the Premiership’s bottom six will define Ross County’s season rather than heroic failure against Rangers.
After a gutsy display was undone by a fortunate deflected goal from Ryan Kent, the Staggies’ remaining task now couldn’t be clearer.
All of their games – three before the Premiership split and five after – fall against teams around them in the league, so stretching a three-point gap on the play-off zone and six-point cushion on bottom side Hearts is now the focus.
Co-manager Ferguson, proud of his players’ efforts in the 1–0 defeat to Rangers, said: “We try to call it how it is. For Ross County to beat, or even draw with Rangers we need an element of luck.
“We never really got it with the goal they scored – there were a couple of wee deflections in there.
“It was a scrappy goal and we needed that wee bit of luck for it to go the other side of the post.
“We know the position we’re in. “We’ve said it since the start of the season that’s where we would be competing.
“We’ve eight games now until the end of the season and we don’t play another top six side.
“We have to credit Rangers for winning on Saturday because there was a lot of pressure on them.
“But as far as Stuart and I are concerned, we couldn’t really ask for any more from our group of players.”
County’s players acted out the management’s gameplan superbly on Saturday, sacrificing possession and territory in Rangers’ third to remain compact in defence.
What impressed most was how they retained the ability to hit Rangers on the break despite that regimented approach.
Ferguson stressed: “There was a huge effort from our group regarding what we put into the game.
“We felt our gameplan was good. We were in the game, from start to finish. “We had good chances, but when you play the top teams you don’t get too many.
“For us to have three really good chances, we need to take one of them.”