I have supported Ross County F.C. for the better part of two decades now and I can probably count on one hand the number of missteps the club has made during that time. I think it is because they “get it right” so often that when they don’t, the impact is jarring.
Today County formally cut ties with defender Scott Boyd, who had been on a season-long loan with Kilmarnock F.C. since the end of August, but the problems began last season when Boyd was not only dropped from the team, but it appeared, not even welcome to continue training with the club. More often than not he was seen training on his own rather than with his teammates. What happened behind the scenes between Boyd and manager Jim McIntyre to cause this situation will probably never be known. It could have been something as simple as McIntyre not feeling Boyd was a good fit for the team he was creating, or it could have been something more. Whatever it was, it could have- it should have- been handled much, much better. At some point, some one- and here I look in the direction of the usually infallible chairman Roy McGregor- should have stepped in and found a better way. In the recent past “soft landings” have been arranged for many of Boyd’s long-time teammates- Stuart Kettlewell comes to mind- and surely something of the sort could have been arranged for Boyd.
There is nothing in Boyd’s play or behavior (on or off the pitch) in 10 seasons and a club record 306 senior appearances with Ross County to suggest that the fault was his. Boyd was a player who just, got on with it. If dropped from the starting side he simply worked his way back into it, there was no carping to the press or acting sullenly on the bench. He was- and is- a professional in every sense of the word. Even after being loaned out (presumably against his will) during what should have been his testimonial season at Victoria Park and now officially no longer a part of Ross County, there has not been a cross word for an individual or the club.
I know that the Ross County supporters went out of their way to show their appreciation for Boyd at the recent away match against Kilmarnock- you could see from the pictures many took with Boyd just how touched and delighted he was by the display- and I know that there will be a testimonial match for him in March, and who knows, we may see him at Plymouth Argyle next season if they are in need of another former Staggie.
Whatever happens, each and every County supporter knows that the Ginger Pele was, from the first day to the last of his career in Dingwall, the very definition of a “good servant” to the club.
Good luck, Scott.