Ross County co-manager Steven Ferguson reckons firing in front of goal will keep his side in the Premiership.
County are eighth in the table ahead of today’s game against Celtic at Parkhead, although they are only four points above Hamilton Accies in the relegation play-off position.
The Staggies have reshuffled their forward line during the January transfer window, with Oli Shaw arriving from Hibernian and Brian Graham departing for Championship side Partick Thistle.
County’s tally of 22 goals scored is more than any other team in the bottom half, and Ferguson insists hitting the goalscoring trail in the latter part of the campaign is the best way to ensure the Dingwall men prolong their top-flight status.
Ferguson said: “Everybody is scrapping and fighting for their lives. It is getting that balance between playing with your heart and playing with your head.
“You want the blood and guts and energy, the enthusiasm that’s so crucial. In key moments of the game you need that calmness and that final pass – and that little bit of quality.
“The team that scores goals will stay in the league. You need goalscorers and you need to create chances for these goalscorers.
“That’s a big part of the second half of the season.”
County’s game against the Hoops today is followed by Wednesday’s game against Rangers at Ibrox. Ferguson is determined to improve on their showing against the Old Firm this season, with the Staggies having leaked 14 goals in the three matches they have played against the two clubs so far this term.
Ferguson, who has vice-captain Liam Fontaine back from suspension, added: “It is a great challenge. I’m sure if you ask any player, obviously it is daunting going to Parkhead and Ibrox, but it is the ones they look for in the fixture list, the ones they want to play in.
“It is all right saying it, you need to go and do it.
“You need to put it into action and show you can handle playing there and we feel we’ve not done well the last couple of times we’ve played the Old Firm.
“We need to make sure we try to rectify that and make sure we don’t make the same mistakes, and learn from the experiences we’ve had against them in the league so far.
“We need to go about it a different way and make sure we’re not on the receiving end of a defeat like we have been.”a