What. A. Day.
Where it not for the bittersweet undertones of it being captain Richard Brittain’s last match for the club it would have been a perfect day and a perfect way to end a topsy-turvy season.
Massive traveling- and Hawaiian shirt-clad- support, a fitting tribute for Brittain in the eighth minute, and a come-from-behind win. Asking for anything more than that would just be greedy. But there actually was a bit more!
The win leap-frogged County over Kilmarnock and into ninth place in the final Premiership table, which seems meaningless until you realize that the league payout for finishing ninth is an extra £45,000. Again, that might not seem like much, but for a club that this year had the lowest average and total wage structure in the Scottish top flight that amount could mean the signing of an extra player, the retention of a current player, part of a transfer fee for a new player, etc.. Kind of a big deal, actually. So, that’s all the County news, let’s take a look at the highlights-
Indeed there is. The club also announced today that midfielder Rocco Quinn had signed on for another year (or two, depending on the source you consult). I can only assume that this had been agreed before he scored the winning goal (Liam Boyce had the first goal) in today’s match! If not, he should renegotiate. I’m glad the club chose to retain Quinn, but if I’m honest I’d rather they had brought Richard Brittain back for another go. Quinn might (might!) have a bit more to offer as a player at this point in his career, but I’d take an aging Brittain and the intangibles that come along with him were it up to me. But it isn’t, so here are the highlights.
There’s even more?
Believe it or not, there is. The rumor mill is heating up and none other than Derek Rae (@RaeComm) has further stoked the fires by tweeting that he has heard that Ross County are coming hard after Queen of the South midfielder Danny Carmichael. The soon-to-be 25 year old has already played almost 200 senior matches for his club and when QOS have met County in recent years the diminutive Doonhamer has been a nightmare for County defenders. So, with his former manager already at Victoria Park and his midfield partner Ian McShane all but certain to join the club, perhaps Carmichael will make the long trip from Dumfries & Galloway to the Highlands?
Now, the highlights. Really.
Stay tuned in a few days for a season recap and some speculation about the close season.
Oh, and did I mention that we’re only 10-12 days away from seeing the 2015-2016 reveal?
So. Much. Fun.