Ross County manager Owen Coyle has hinted he could unleash French attacker David Ngog from the start in tomorrow’s Premiership match against Rangers.
Ngog made a strong impression when he came off the bench to make his debut in Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat at Motherwell, after replacing Inih Effiong early in the second-half.
The 28-year-old, who previously played for Liverpool and Bolton Wanderers, is short of match fitness having only joined County earlier in the week. He had been a free agent since leaving Greek outfit Panionios last summer, before undergoing knee surgery.
Coyle says he has a decision to make, with fellow attacker Craig Curran also returning after missing the last two matches through illness. Skipper Andrew Davies will miss the game however, following a recurrence of a problematic calf injury in the Well match.
Coyle said: “There will always be that temptation because David is a wonderful player, and one I know well.
“He was outstanding when he came on – he gave us a different dimension. He was the best player on the field in the second-half when he came into the game, he showed real quality.
“We have also got to give balance, and do the right thing for David and the team. It’s something we will look at and monitor, but he’s certainly in our thoughts for the game whether he starts or comes off the bench.”
Tomorrow’s game will be County’s first home fixture in more than a month, and despite being encouraged by some of his side’s Dingwall displays, Coyle says there is no room for slackness against Graeme Murty’s side, adding: “We are back at home – six of our last nine games have been away from home.
“If we perform like we did in the last two – in the first-half against Kilmarnock and the second-half against St Johnstone – it will give us a great opportunity to win the game. We’ve got to bring it all together.
“We need to be at our best – six or seven players at their best won’t be good enough. Rangers are showing they are a very good side, but we have shown when we’re at our best we can stand toe-to-toe with those good teams.”