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Former Dingwall Academy pupil Josh Reid insists Ross County still have plenty of time to escape Scottish Premiership relegation play-off

By Andrew Henderson

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Local lad Josh Reid takes aim at Aberdeen’s goal as Ross County fell to defeat at Pittodrie. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Local lad Josh Reid takes aim at Aberdeen’s goal as Ross County fell to defeat at Pittodrie. Picture: Ken Macpherson

Josh Reid insists there is still plenty of time for Ross County to climb up the Scottish Premiership table.

The Staggies remain in 11th after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Aberdeen, with the Dons now a full six points ahead with just seven matches remaining.

With trips to Europe-chasing Kilmarnock and title hopefuls Rangers to come before the Premiership splits, it may be a tough ask for County to improve on their position before the final five matches of the campaign.

However, with St Johnstone just a point ahead in the current standings, Reid is confident that there remains plenty of time to escape a relegation play-off for the second year in-a-row.

“At this time of the season, we know that results are the most important thing,” former Dingwall Academy pupil Reid reasoned.

“Results are the only thing that will see us climb up the table, so it’s all very well performing well but you have to put results on the board.

“We’ve still got seven games left – two more and then the split – so there’s still time.

“We’re playing well and scoring goals. We have just taken four points off Hibs and Hearts, so we are confident we can beat anyone.

“It’s just about sticking in, and the dressing room is all together. The results will come.”

Defeat at Pittodrie last weekend was County’s fourth loss to Aberdeen this season in all competitions.

Although Peter Leven’s side have not exactly been on top form across the 2023/24 campaign, they seem to have the Staggies’ number.

Reid, though, was generally happy with how they played in the Granite City, admitting it is a mystery why their form at home – with eight points claimed from a possible 12 in Dingwall – is not being replicated on the road.

“We stuck to the gameplan and we felt like we executed it pretty well,” he added.

“We had most of the possession in the first half and created some good chances, and we bounced back from 1-0 down to get level going into half time.

“Their fans booed them off at half time, so we felt like we were in the ascendancy.

“We all know how difficult it is to score goals in this league, so when you get back level you can’t go behind again.

“It’s just not falling for us away from home. Nobody is really sure why to be honest, so we’re all disappointed.”

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