There’s been a lot going on in Dingwall (and beyond) in the last couple of weeks so lets take a look at at least some of the developments.
First off, County traveled to the newly-renovated Tynecastle today to take on Hearts. Team captain Andrew Davies was in the press earlier in the week stating that it was County’s goal to keep Hearts from celebrating their first win in their “new” stadium this afternoon and that’s just what they did! The Staggies left the capital with a clean sheet and an away point- always a good result away from home.
He didn’t make his debut for the club today, but on the bench was County’s most recent signing, midfielder Chris Eagles (above). Eagles, 32, who was most recently with Port Vale (4 goals in 20 matches last season), began his career in the youth set-up at Watford before moving on to Manchester United where he would eventually spend five seasons with the senior side, but most of it on loan. Manager Owen Coyle has signed Eagles twice previously- at Burnley and Bolton Wanderers- so he knows what he’s getting. Though he has only signed through the end of the season, Eagles can probably seen as the first of the attacking wing players that Coyle has talked so much about since arriving at Victoria Park.
(Related side-note: Is it any wonder that Michael Gardyne has re-emerged as an important part of the club since Coyle- with his penchant for attacking wingers- took charge?)
In other “player movement” news, County’s first two players on loan (Tony Dingwall at Elgin City and Mark Foden at Stirling Albion) have now been joined by a number of others. Defender Reghan Tumilty has joined Championship side Falkirk F.C. on a one month emergency loan with an eye toward getting him regular playing time (he’s been on the fringes of the first team for the last year or so). Midfielder Blair Malcolm has also gone out on a one month loan to Cowdenbeath. Finally, midfielder Tom MacLennan has joined Rothes F.C. of the Highland League, also for one month. Striker Greg Morrison’s loan to Dumbarton F.C. expires in a month and it remains to be seen what his future holds at County.
Finally, Ross County have been drawn against Kilmarnock F.C. in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup. County will travel to Rugby Park on January 20/21.