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Staggies must seize chances against Gers, says Dow

Former Dundee United player Ryan Dow joined Ross County in September.
Former Dundee United player Ryan Dow joined Ross County in September.

Ross County midfielder Ryan Dow has urged his side to show greater ruthlessness in a bid to end their dire recent streak with a surprise win against Rangers on Sunday.

County are without a victory in their last nine games, which has seen Jim McIntyre’s side slip into the relegation play-off position, with bottom side Dundee trailing by just a point.

Former Dundee United player Dow reckons the Staggies have passed up too many chances recently, including some of his own, and he says the Dingwall side will not get away with any profligacy against the second-placed Gers this weekend.

Dow said: “We’ve got good players in the squad and up top. We just need to take our chances.

“I’ve been guilty in the last couple of games. You can say the goalkeepers have made a couple of decent saves but I really need to tuck them away. Then we could be sitting here having beaten Partick, played well at Celtic and drawn with Motherwell.

“Flip it the other way, we’ve been punished defensively. Hopefully, in the next few weeks it starts to turn for us and we start to take our chances and other teams don’t.

“It is good to tackle bigger games like this. There’s maybe a wee bit less pressure against the so-called bigger teams like Celtic and Rangers.

“We know they’re going to come and try to dominate the ball but if we play like we did against Celtic recently, showing the same intensity, drive and energy – and just put our chances away – then I’m sure we’ll give them a good game.

“We’re under no illusions about their attacking prowess. They’re a good team. We’ll be concentrating on ourselves and looking to get back to basics. We need to take that chance if we get it and create a lead, then look to build on it.”

Dow was initially eased into action by McIntyre following his arrival on a free transfer in September, having suffered from a pelvic problem in his final season with United, but after starting the last three games the 25-year-old reckons he is back on stride.

He added: “The three games this week have been hard but it has probably been the best thing for me – three full games in a row.

“From a personal point of view it has been good to get through them. It is just the results that have been a bit disappointing.

“Hopefully, the good from those three games will show the benefits and results will come as well.”

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