Ross County’s day of destiny is upon them and co-manager Steven Ferguson is demanding one final push before the Staggies’ Championship title party can begin.
County need just a point from tonight’s game against Queen of the South to be confirmed as champions, with second placed Dundee United six points adrift with only two matches remaining and also 18 goals further behind.
Although the Staggies are within touching distance of securing promotion back to the top-flight at the first time of asking, Ferguson determined to do so by delivering a night to remember for the Dingwall faithful.
Ferguson said: “It has been a huge physical and mental effort this season.
“When we are so close to this line, we just want to make sure we keep our focus.
“What we set out to do was win the league, but we have still not done it yet.
“The focus is purely getting over the line and continuing to stick together and do what we have done to this point to get over the line with a bit to spare.
“We know what’s at the end of the rainbow. We love playing at home, we feel it’s a great opportunity, but Queen of the South will be adamant they will want to dampen what could be a party night. We need to be wary and respectful of that.”
United host bottom club Falkirk tomorrow, with County making the trip to face the Bairns in their last game of the season next weekend.
Although County will have another attempt at glory should they fall short this weekend, Ferguson is eager to finish off the job in style.
County could feature Liam Fontaine and Iain Vigurs following long-term injury absences, and Ferguson added: “The task was to win the league, and if it meant winning the league on goal difference at the end of the season and we still win the league, it would still be mission accomplished.
“But when we’ve put what we have put into the season, we don’t want it to be goal difference – we want it to be points.
“We can do that by winning the last two games. It would be wrong of us to just peter out, when we have not petered out in any game we have played this season.
“The players want to go and finish it off. You don’t put what you’ve put into 34 games to down tools with two games to go.
“Stuart Kettlewell and I have not got that mindset whatsoever, and the players don’t have that mindset either.
“We know what’s at stake, and we wouldn’t want to just fizzle out.”