Ross County co-manager Stuart Kettlewell insists the Staggies do not plan to freeze existing players out following the arrivals of Jordan Tillson and Coll Donaldson to Victoria Park.
County this week strengthened the spine of their team by adding Exeter City midfielder Tillson and Caley Thistle defender Donaldson, however on-loan Norwich City winger Simon Power is the only player to leave Victoria Park so far this month.
Although County have the worst defensive record in the Premiership, having shipped 42 goals this term, Kettlewell says the arrival of Tillson and Donaldson is not a threat to the players already at the club.
Kettlewell said: “We know we have conceded more goals than we would have liked to – equal to that we have scored a lot more goals than some of the other clubs as well.
“The way Steven and I set our team out, we want to try and be progressive and score goals. We want to try and win games rather than hang in them.
“Sometimes that can be a result of it, but we would be naive to think we couldn’t try and change the flow of the goals we have conceded, or maybe the nature of the goals we have conceded at times.
“We feel that by bringing in one or two, that will help the group we have already got.
“We feel we’ve got plenty guys who will be up to that task as well, by that bit of continued work from ourselves.
“We will improve as we go on – there’s no doubt about it.
“It’s going to be difficult, but this helps what’s already there. It’s not a case of bringing in guys so we can ostracise other ones that are already there.
“That’s now how we sit – we believe what we have got in those areas of the pitch have a lot to offer.”
Kettlewell is thrilled to succeed in a lengthy pursuit of Donaldson, who had already agreed a pre-contract with the Staggies, for an undisclosed fee.
He added: “With Coll’s situation, it has documented there has been contact over a period of time.
“We have been monitoring Coll’s situation for a long enough time now. We realised the situation with his contract – we knew when we were looking at Coll last season that he had another year on his contract, so it wasn’t an option for us.
“As the situation has developed, we knew by speaking to Caley Thistle first off when he was into the last six months of his contract we had done things right.
“In the first minute or two of speaking to Coll and his father, we realised he’s got a burning ambition to play in the Premiership.”