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Kettlewell insists Ross County will not use lack of pre-season friendly matches as an excuse in the Premiership


By Andrew Henderson

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Stuart Kettlewell has insisted that Ross County’s lack of game time going into the Premiership will not be used as an excuse if they under-perform.

A scheduled friendly with Hibernian last week fell through due to a delay in getting the Easter Road’s Covid-19 test results back, with the Staggies left in limbo at Perth waiting to see if the fixture would go ahead or not.

That leaves them with just 90 minutes under their belt so far against Aberdeen, as well as intra-squad bounce games.

Stuart Kettlewell is adamant Ross County's lack of friendly action will be no excuse for poor performances in the Premiership. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Stuart Kettlewell is adamant Ross County's lack of friendly action will be no excuse for poor performances in the Premiership. Picture: Ken Macpherson

They are scheduled to face Livingston tomorrow in another friendly, but with just 10 days before their Premiership opener against Motherwell, County are inevitably behind where Kettlewell would like his squad to be at this stage.

However, less than ideal preparation will not be the scapegoat for any below-par performances early in the campaign.

“The one thing we won’t do is make it an excuse,” Kettlewell maintained.

“We probably are behind in the amount of game time we would normally have, but it’s up to myself and the staff to be that wee bit more creative and ensure that we can go out and play.

“We’re trying to get as much as we can out of our players here, and we’re asking for as many games as we can.

“We will travel wherever, on astro turf or grass, we’ll play anywhere, but it has definitely been a challenge for us.

“I can categorically say that myself and my players won’t make it an excuse when we go to play that first game against Motherwell. We will be as ready as we can possibly be.”

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