Over the weekend Ross County lost a close one (0-1) to Hamilton Academical at home in Dingwall. Ugh. County remain in 11th place (relegation playoffs), but more importantly, Motherwell (10th place and safety from relegation) are threatening to open up a gap (five points already) on County. County play their final match of 2014 on December 27 against Celtic, who are smarting form their recent loss to Dundee United and will be looking to take out there frustrations on our beloved club.
Luckily, there is only that one match until the transfer window opens. Ross County were busy beavers during transfer windows when Derek Adams was in charge and more often that not were able to field a better side (and move up the table) in the second half of the season. New-ish boss Jim McIntyre says that County won’t be as busy as they have been in the past (as many as eight players both coming and going from the club), so if they are going for “quality” over “quantity,” might I suggest a front-line goalkeeper and a front-line goal scorer?
Two players who won’t be going anywhere are defender Jamie Reckord and midfielder Tony Dingwall. Reckord, the 22 year old Englishman who joined the club during October has signed on through the end of the season, while local lad Dingwall has signed through the summer of 2017. This is good news for both the players and the club as these two young men appear to have bright futures ahead of them in the game, although Dingwall’s will be on hold for 3-4 weeks with a broken knuckle that’s going to require surgery.
The club is also negotiating to keep Martin Woods and Paul Quinn beyond the January window. Quinn, at least, has made it clear in recent weeks that he would very much like to remain with the club at least through the rest of the season.
As for who won’t survive/shouldn’t survive the January Shuffle in Dingwall, here is my un-iformed opinion on who might be looking for work: Antonio Reguero, Darren Barr (which is tough given that he’s injured), Terry Dunfield, and Darren Maatsen. I’d like to see the club keep Maatsen, but if they aren’t going to play him they might as well see if they can move him along for a little cash. Hopefully Michael Gardyne (above) can be convinced to stay on beyond the end of his loan…maybe permanently?