According to multiple reports from multiple sources over the past two days Ross County F.C. have set their sights on bringing in (at least) two more players before the January transfer window closes.
The first of these is Queen of the South F.C. midfielder Ian McShane- a player that County boss Jim McIntyre should know well as he was the manager of the Doonhamers last season. McShane, a 22 year old from Bellshill (woo!) made his debut for the Dumfries-based club at the age of 18 after moving through their youth system. The book on McShane is that he passes well, has a quick first step, and a high work rate. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of County targeting McShane is that they would be buying him outright rather than taking him on loan or as a free agent- something County rarely does. If that is in fact the case, McIntyre must have made a convincing case for McShane with the “higher-ups” at Victoria Park.
The other player reportedly on County’s radar is Spanish midfielder Rubén Palazuelos, best known to watchers of the Scottish game for his time at Heart of Midlothian F.C. from 2007-2011. The 31 year old native of Santander began his career with his hometown side Racing in 2002, but never made it past the reserves side. He remained in Spain with a series of Segunda B clubs (Lanzarote, Palencia, and Gymnastica- who loaned him out to Aris Thessaloniki for a season) before joining Hearts. From Hearts he moved on to Botev Plovdiv (Bulgaria), FC Honka (Finland), Yeovil Town (England), and, finally, Ermis Aradippou (Cyprus). So take your pick, he’s a “journeyman” or he has “experience.” For what it’s worth, Palazuelos played in the Europa League for Hearts, Honka, and Ermis. It’s also worth nothing that he left both Gymnastica and Ermis after disputes with the clubs.
As I’ve said several times in recent weeks, this is where Ross County is at the moment and these are the players that are available. Hopefully we’ll unearth a gem!