Ross County F.C.: Weekend Preview
Ahead of Ross County F.C.’s important Scottish Premier League match against St. Mirren F.C. tomorrow morning it seems like a good idea to collect all of the random pieces of club-related information floating around at the moment.
- Forward Kurtis Byrne has been sent on loan to Brechin City F.C. through the end of December. Byrne has been on the periphery of the senior side for the last two years and the hope is that he can earn a regular place with the Hedgemen, help them score the goals they need to climb out of the pack in the Second Division, and return to County an improved player. Up until now Byrne is probably best known for scoring the first and last goals of the season in County’s season of promotion last year.
- Proof that this tactic can work can be found in the person of forward Steven Craig. Craig was sent on loan to First Division Partick Thistle F.C. recently and he has 3 goals in 2 matches. The downside is that, at age 31, it’s not likely that Craig will return to Dingwall when his loan is up. Still, he should set himself up well for a move to a new club or a better contract at Firhill.
- Joe Malin, also made available for loan recently, has yet to be picked up.
- Captain Richard Brittain is currently fourth in scoring in the Scottish Premier League. I should probably give you some context for that- he has two goals. Two of County’s three total goals. Let’s hope he gets some help from Colin McMenamin and Gary Glen in the very near future…like tomorrow. Please.
- Derek Riordan has signed for Bristol Rovers F.C. rather than with Ross County. I’m happy about that because, while he’s talent, I think he would have been nothing but trouble. But from Riordan’s perspective I have to ask, what are you thinking? The second to last place team in League Two (or, put another way, in all of League football in England) instead of a middle of the pack club in the SPL? And people wonder about his poor decision making…
Tomorrow’s match is especially important for Ross County as a win will have them right back in the top third of the table and could potentially create an 8 point gap between themselves and last place Dundee F.C.. A loss combined with some unfortunate results elsewhere could reduce that gap to a single point.
GET IN THERE COUNTY!!