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Ian McShane & All The Other Ross County News

Huh.  Not what I expected him to look like.

Huh. Not what I expected him to look like.

Ross County F.C. announced today that they have agreed on a transfer fee with Championship side Queen of the South F.C.- who were recently bounced from the promotion playoffs- for midfielder Ian McShane (above?).  McShane is currently on holiday and will negotiate personal terms with the club upon his return.  McShane  has been a target of manager Jim McIntyre- who was the Doonhamer’s manager prior to joining Ross County- since his arrival in Dingwall.  A bid was made for McShane during the transfer window, but with QOS still harboring hope of promotion to the Premiership, it was rejected.  Though only 22, the native of Bellshill(!) has already made well over 100 senior appearances for the club and is one of the most well-regarded young players in Scotland.  The fact that County were willing to hand over a transfer fee- something they almost never do- for McShane suggests to me that McIntyre expects the young man to walk right into the starting eleven.

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The club also announced today that they have reached an agreement with Raffaele De Vita (above) two spend two more seasons at Victoria Park.  The 27 year old Roman joined the club as a free agent during the January transfer window and made an immediate impact for the Staggies.  In the end he played 11 matches, scored 3 goals, and set up countless others for Liam Boyce, Michael Gardyne, and Craig Curran.  De Vita’s efforts were recognized in March when he was named the SPFL “Player of the Month.”  New signing Brian Graham should be thrilled with this news as he will have to do little more next season that get himself into the mixer and wait for De Vita to hit him in the head with an inch-perfect cross.

The Other News…

  • County striker Liam Boyce has been called up for Northern Ireland’s friendly against Qatar.  Should he play he will earn his first cap since earning four caps for his country in 2011.
  • The club has offered midfielder Martin Woods a new contract- length and terms have not been disclosed.
  • The has made it known to Celtic that they would like to retain the services of Jackson Irvine, be it on loan again or on a more permanent basis.
  • Defender Darren Barr has been released by the club.  Barr signed with the club last September but suffered his second major knee injury on November 3 in a 1-0 loss to Aberdeen, ruling him out for the rest of the season.
  • Ross County’s appeal of Filip Kiss’ red card during last weekend’s match against Hamilton has been overturned by a Scottish F.A. tribunal, making him eligible for the season’s final match against Kilmarnock.

Is it just me or is the 2015-2016 squad already looking pretty good?!

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