Published: 16/11/2017 09:00 - Updated: 15/11/2017 11:07

Marcus Fraser - Ross County points more important than halting Celtic

Written byKenny MacDonald

 

Ross County’s Marcus Fraser (centre) is determined to make it tough for high-flying Celtic on Saturday.
Ross County’s Marcus Fraser (centre) is determined to make it tough for high-flying Celtic on Saturday.
MARCUS Fraser insisted when Ross County line up against rampaging Celtic all thoughts of smashing the champions’ unbeaten record will evaporate.

 

The former Hoops defender saluted his old side’s 63 game achievement and admitted the Staggies were "excited" about their live TV encounter at Dingwall.

But he pointed out that a home win was their target and not wrecking the record.

He said: "It is a game against a big team and obviously we are excited about it.

"It is a great achievement and it doesn’t happen often and they have done really well. Celtic have a lot of good players and that is why they are doing it.

"But when you come up against better sides the main aim is that you have to have belief and trust in your team-mates and I think we have got that here."

Fraser added: "There’s still a couple of days to go and we have preparation to do and I am looking to see how our manager Owen Coyle is setting up the game plan – I’m sure he has that in his head already.

"I know it’s Celtic and people will say how good they are and what they have got, but as a home game we have to try and impose ourselves in the game.

Fraser has linked up with Andrew Davies as a central defensive pairing and even deputised as skipper, but he said: "This will be my toughest test as a defender.

"I have been playing next to Andy which helps, he is aggressive and leads the boys well.

"We work well together and I have been enjoying it and long may that continue.

"Against teams like Celtic, It is about testing yourself against the best players, but as a team the game plan might be to sacrifice something or you might have to give up your job on the day, whatever takes for the team, that is the most important thing.

"I can play in a number of positions, across the back line and stuff and I am happy to play anywhere.

"In training we play in different roles. Obviously it is a hard task to adjust, but it is challenging one which I love."

He said of taking the captain’s armband recently: "It is good. When Andy wasn’t fit and gave me the armband it was great.

"He is the obvious number one captain, but if it is me next time to step in then will be happy to do that."

Fraser heaped praise on boss Coyle and his training, but warned he doesn’t suffer fools gladly.

He said of the new manager: "He is good, the training is high intensity and with purpose.

"He likes everyone with a smile on their face, but if it is not done right he is quick in telling you.

"Obviously the boys know they can express themselves, but as soon as you step over the mark he tells you.

"The boys have been working with him for a month or so now, so we know when we can have a laugh and a joke, but on the pitch it’s very serious."

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