Ross Stewart can push on again at Ross County says Stuart Kettlewell
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In the space of two years, Ross Stewart has gone from development project to key player at Ross County.
Looking back at team selections at the start of his first campaign in Dingwall, Stewart was clearly a back-up option, but by the end of the Championship-winning season he was a regular part of the matchday squad.
Even then, it would have been difficult to expect his Premiership bow to go as well as it did.
Stewart scored big goals at the right times, and against top sides too, to race to the top of the club’s scoring charts before Christmas.
One of the big tasks facing County in the transfer window could well be keeping hold of Stewart, and his manager Stuart Kettlewell is well aware of the 23-year-old’s growth on and off the pitch.
“You see a lot of players do well in the Championship but some have been unable to do it in the Premiership,” Kettlewell said.
“Ross proved very quickly that he could mingle in that company and he has just gone from strength to strength.
“Ross has put himself out there, open to criticism by missing chances and misplacing passes but he just keeps comes back again and looking to learn from things.
“I love to work with a person like that every day; that gives you a real chance if somebody works hard and is receptive to your message.”
The desire that Stewart has shown to learn and improve bodes well for his future career trajectory.
Kettlewell believes Stewart’s star can keep rising, saying the triple player of the year winner can get even better next season.
“I believe he will kick on again, if the evidence of the last couple of weeks is anything to go by,” Kettlewell explained.
“We took a bit of a chance on him a couple of years ago, but it is safe to say he has come up trumps to this point. I do see a guy who is improving by the day and long may that continue.”