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Ross County move fast to re-sign former skipper

| 26.01.2016

Having failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine Ladbrokes Premiership matches, Ross County fans will be relieved upon hearing who their new signing (or re-signing) is.

The Staggies have welcomed back former skipper Paul Quinn on an 18-month deal, following the early termination of Quinn’s contract with Aberdeen.

The 30-year-old first joined the Dingwall club in October 2014, racking up 30 appearances as he skippered the side to safety last season.

A move to Pittodrie last summer promised big things but Quinn made just nine league starts under Derek McInnes this season.

Quinn’s return is a timely one for Jim McIntyre, who has called on his side to show more consistency this season.

A 2-1 win away at Motherwell on Saturday lifted County to a fine fourth in the table, but teams below have games in hand and the Staggies’ place in the top-half ahead of the split is far from assured.

Saturday’s win was the 15th league match in a row where County had won or lost, with six wins in that spell offset by nine defeats.

It’s a run of results which has frustrated McIntyre, whose team haven’t gone more than two league games without defeat since September.

The Highland side are also going well in the Scottish League Cup, and Quinn’s arrival could pay dividends sooner rather than later.

County face Celtic in the semi-final at Hampden on Sunday, and the Staggies are 13/2 for a surprise victory over the Bhoys.

Quinn is eligible for the game having been an unused substitute during Aberdeen’s run in the competition this year, and he could provide expert leadership once more for County just when they need it most.

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Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.