Draper can work it out, says Staggies boss

Ross Draper moved from Caley Thistle to Ross County at the start of the season.

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre says midfielder Ross Draper has spent extra time on the training ground after acknowledging he was short of the required fitness levels following his £100,000 move from rivals Caley Thistle.

Englishman Draper joined County on a two-year deal in the summer having spent five years with Inverness, who were relegated to the Championship last season.

The 28-year-old has made just one start and one substitute appearance since his move last month but McIntyre says the former Macclesfield Town player has been working hard behind the scenes to get himself up to speed.

McIntyre said: “He is progressing really well and shown a fantastic attitude to do some extra work off his own back.

“Ross openly admitted his levels needed to be higher and I know when he first came in he found the tempo of training here high.

“It has taken him a couple of weeks to acclimatise but his desire to do the extra work to get up to speed has been clearly noted.

“I’ve not signed him for the next month, I’ve signed him for the next two years. It’s important when any new player comes to the club they understand the way things work and what’s expected of them.

“He has shown a first-class attitude.”

County are looking to end a run of four straight defeats in all competitions when they take on Partick Thistle at Victoria Park tomorrow but McIntyre remains upbeat, adding: “We are still creating opportunities to score goals and that’s the most important thing. We have to make sure we’re being ruthless when the opportunities come our way.

“The league is so tight in terms of the ability in each squad and the game-changers within our squad have to produce when we get those moments. Equally, we need to ensure we are being ruthless at the back.

“It is about striking the balance at both ends.”