Published: 25/10/2017 10:14 - Updated: 25/10/2017 14:20

Ross County boss Coyle snubbing agents for now

Written byJamie Durent

 

Ross County manager Owen Coyle.
Ross County manager Owen Coyle.
OWEN Coyle has pledged every Ross County player will get a fair crack of the whip before he starts scouring for reinforcements.


The Staggies boss admits he has been inundated with offers of free agents in his first month in Dingwall, but is intent on staying faithful to the squad he already has.

Four changes were made for the Ladbrokes Premiership 0-0 draw with St Johnstone in midweek and Coyle will have no qualms about freshening it up again for the trip to Aberdeen on Saturday.

He has been flexible with his systems and his playing staff, calling upon Ross Draper, Thomas Mikkelsen, Ryan Dow and Tim Chow to come off the bench from the win over Hamilton.

After facing his former club on Tuesday, Coyle said: "I said there would be changes and we made four on Tuesday night. The boys that came in were due their chance and we have to make sure they’re fresh for Aberdeen as well. There’s a couple of boys, like Alex Schalk and Sean Kelly, who are still to start games and they’ll get their chances.

"You’re bombarded every day with free agents, but I’ve been up front and told them they’ll get their chances. If not, they know how a football club works."

The main concern coming out of the midweek fixture was an injury to Scott Fox, who will have a scan on a quadriceps injury this week.

Coyle feared after the game that if it’s a worst-case scenario, then Fox could be up for as long as eight weeks, a blow to the 30-year-old who is not long back in the side.

The County boss said: "The disappointing thing is the injury to Foxy, so depending how serious that it is it could be six to eight weeks. But it’s probably too early to assess it. We’ll get a scan and find what grade the tear in his quad is."

Both sides were happy to settle for a point in an otherwise turgid encounter at McDiarmid Park, which ended Saints three-game losing skid and took Coyle’s points tally to seven from four games.

He added: "Any point away from home in this league is a good point and for us, it’s seven points from four games. It’s an encouraging start.

"We just need to add that bit of quality passing as we go forward and look to try keep improving."

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