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Manager says Ross County aim is to stay in top flight


By Will Clark

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MANAGER Malky Mackay says the primary aim of Ross County is to stay in the Scottish Premiership this season.

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Despite finishing in sixth place last season and securing their place in the top flight by finishing in the top six after the split, remaining a Premiership club for the 2023/24 campaign is Mackay’s first objective.

He spoke after Ross County suffered a 2–1 defeat to Hearts in Edinburgh on the opening day of the campaign.

Ross County lost nine players who were at the club at the end of last season, but seven players made their league debut at Tynecastle on Saturday.

Mackay has faith his new additions can be a success at Ross County, but due to the player turnaround, says Premiership survival has to be the first priority.

“The aim is to stay in the Premier League,” says Mackay.

“Ross County have one of the smallest budgets, if not the smallest budget in the league.

“It has been a huge turnaround in players this summer, hopefully next summer we don’t have that so the group will be a stable squad.

“With the size of the turnaround again, staying in the division is Ross County’s starting point so we are in there for 12 of the last 13 seasons, after that let’s see where we can go.

“It was the same last year and we will concentrate on performances, if we do that, results will come.”

Mackay says the spending power of other clubs will make top six a difficult challenge, but not something his club aren’t capable of achieving.

“Top six was terrific for the club last year, but I also see Hibs and Aberdeen spending big, so I am fully aware where everything is, we just need to make sure we keep putting in performances like that.”

Speaking of Hearts he said: “We played a top team who were the third best team in Scotland last season. Our games against them last season were excellent.

“We did the same and we have to make sure we put in that sort of standard every week.”


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