Ross County co-manager Steven Ferguson feels the Staggies’ attacking competition is getting the best out of the club’s strikers.
Billy Mckay has led the line for County so far this season, but has not scored since the opening day win against Hamilton Accies on August 3, while Ross Stewart leads the Staggies’ scoring charts with eight goals from a predominantly wide position.
With Brian Graham having been used from the bench in recent weeks, and former Motherwell and Kilmarnock attacker Lee Erwin still to return from a hamstring injury, Ferguson is encouraged by the options at the Staggies’ disposal.
Ferguson says the quartet are all equally intent getting the nod however, and he said: “There is a great camaraderie and support network there, but they are all desperate to play.
“I can rest assured they would kick each other to get into the team – they are strikers. That’s the nature of the beast, that’s what a striker is about.
“When a striker loses that hunger, you have got a problem. Thankfully none of them have lost that hunger.”
Ferguson insists Graham and Erwin will have a major role to play this term, adding: “Brian gives us a headache every week. He’s a cracking pro, he’s the type of guy that does starjumps in front of us when he’s on the bench to make sure we know he’s there and ready for action.
“On a serious note, of course he gives us a headache. Brian’s job in our team is to score goals.
“To be fair to big Brian, he has got a fantastic track record in our time of scoring goals at important times in games where we need it.
“Lee Erwin can be put into that category as well. He’s working hard to try and get back into that group.
“But at the moment the three that are fit and raring to go are a good bit ahead of Lee.”