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The 2017-2018 Ross County F.C. Schedule

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The coming seasons fixtures were released this morning and while I’m still glad to be able to say, “Hello, down there!” to all of the Caley supporters there is no doubt that with Hibernian coming up and Rangers likely to be an improved side, the league is going to be tougher this year than it was last year.  Just as an example, take a look at the first six fixtures.  It’s entirely possible to have “done well” during that stretch and still only come away with four points (DDDLDL).  Nine points might be possible (WDWLWL), but I think that’s very optimistic.  (More after the fixtures)

RD DATE OPPONENT HOME/AWAY
1 Sat 5th August  Dundee Away
2 Sat 12th August  Aberdeen Home
3 Sat 19th August  Motherwell Away
4 Sat 26th August  Rangers Home
5 Sat 9th September  Partick Thistle Home
6 Sat 16th September Celtic Away
7 Sat 23rd September  Hibernian Home
8 Sat 30th September Kilmarnock Away
9 Sat 14th October Heart of Midlothian  Home
10 Sat 21st October  Hamilton Academical Home
11 Wed 25th October  St Johnstone Away
12 Sat 28th October  Aberdeen Away
13 Sat 4th November  Motherwell Home
14 Sat 18th November  Celtic Home
15 Sat 25th November  Heart of Midlothian Away
16 Sat 2nd December  Dundee Home
17 Sat 9th December  Rangers Away
18 Wed 13th December Kilmarnock  Home
19 Sat 16th December Hamilton Academical Away
20 Sat 23rd December Hibernian Away
21 Wed 27th December St Johnstone  Home
22 Sat 30th December  Partick Thistle Away
23 Wed 24th January Motherwell Away
24 Sat 27th January Rangers  Home
25 Wed 31st January Aberdeen Home
26 Sat 3rd February Dundee Away
27 Sat 17th February Heart of Midlothian  Home
28 Sat 24th February  St Johnstone Away
29 Wed 28th February Partick Thistle Home
30 Sat 10th March Kilmarnock Away
31 Sat 17th March Hamilton Academical Home
32 Sat 31st March Celtic Away
33 Sat 7th April Hibernian  Home

I think my larger point is that taking maximum points (and for these purposes I’ll say that means winning at home and drawing away) from matches against Hamilton, Kilmarnock, Partick Thistle, Dundee, Motherwell, and even St. Johnstone is going to be essential if County hope to stay in the Premiership.  It’s also going to be important- and County have shown that they can do this- to take at least a point away from home matches against Hibernian, Celtic, Aberdeen, and Rangers.

All in all I think “consistency” is going to be the key word this season.  Getting off to a slow start or having a mid-season swoon that requires the club to go out and find players to improve their chances in the second half of the season isn’t going to be acceptable this season.  Chances are that if either of those things happen there will be no coming back from it, the “margin or error” this coming season is as small as it has been in any season since County entered the top flight.

Having said all of that, I’m a wee bit concerned that the seasons starts in six weeks and the club have made no notable signings.  But that’s another topic for another time…

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