Ross County picked up another valuable three points against a struggling Kilmarnock side yesterday and once again they did it after falling behind early, realizing that they were the superior squad, and mounting a ferocious comeback to win the match. It makes for exciting football, but, um, how about a few matches in a row where County get out to an early lead and hold on to it? Or maybe even add to it? Anyway…County remain in fifth place with a five point lead over sixth place Caley Thistle, who they meet in the Highland Derby this weekend. A win sure would be nice, and if that were coupled with a draw or loss by St. Johnstone, County could ease back into fourth place and within shouting distance of Hearts in third place..
Of course, the real story of yesterday’s match was the brace scored by Michael “Midge” Gardyne. With those goals Gardyne moved ahead of Sean Higgins as the club’s all-time leader in the league era. He also now has five goals for the season, one less than he had all of last season and there is still plenty of football to be played in the 2015-2016 season! It’s also worth noting that it was only three years ago when Gardyne returned to his native Dundee to play for United, only to see himself marginalized by manager Jackie McNamara one season and then loaned out to Kilmarnock for a second. Let’s take stock of that situation for a moment: McNamara was fired by Dundee United and is currently in charge of a York City team that could find themselves relegated from league football at the end of the season, Dundee United are ten points adrift at the bottom of the Scottish Premiership, and Kilmarnock are second bottom. I’d say the only one that things worked out for was Gardyne!
The winter transfer window opens tomorrow and if I were Ross County this is what I’d have on my shopping list: a back-up goalkeeper, some cover/depth in the back line, and perhaps an experienced defensive midfielder to bring off the bench to nail down some results when County are up a goal going into the final half our of a match. Speaking of the transfer window…
…guess who has done nothing to improve their squad since the end of the MLS 2015 season? That’s right, the New England Revolution. And, no, sorry, I don’t call giving Chris Tierney a contract extension and then resigning Steve Neumann after no other club wanted him “improvements.” At best those are moves that maintain the status quo. A status quo that saw the club take a step back after appearing in MLS Cup in 2014. The closest thing to any “action” this offseason has been the rumor that the club might take a player or two from Sporting CP, with whom they formed a partnership a few years ago. There are plenty of intriguing players at Sporting- Alberto Acquilani, Ryan Gauld, Brian Ruiz, and Gelson Martins to name only a few. The Revolution, however, seem to have set their sites on former Sporting KC and current Sporting CP midfielder Uri Rossel. Am I wrong to be underwhelmed by this possibility? Rossel has only played 19 first team matches since moving to Portugal in the middle of the 2014 season and he hasn’t played in any this season. Meh.
Happy 73rd Birthday to Sir Alex Ferguson! Everyone outside of Old Trafford hated him, but it was only because they couldn’t beat him.