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Ross County v Celtic: Roy MacGregor looks ahead to League Cup semi-final

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre with chairman Roy MacGregor.
Ross County manager Jim McIntyre with chairman Roy MacGregor.

Ross County chairman Roy MacGregor says the Staggies must forget about the class of 2010’s achievements as they search for a new set of Hampden heroes against Celtic on Sunday.

County stunned Scottish football nearly six years ago when the then Division 1 side defeated the Hoops 2-0 to reach the Scottish Cup final, which they ultimately lost 3-0 against Dundee United.

This weekend’s League Cup semi-final will be the Dingwall side’s first appearance at the national stadium since that final, with County having since established themselves in the top flight since winning promotion in 2012.

Although MacGregor cherishes memories of the club’s most famous result, he says the Staggies must concentrate on the present.

He said: “We had a fantastic day. I thought we played them the Celtic way and beat them the Celtic way. They are great memories, although we don’t want to dwell on them too much.

“It’s a different team now. Only Scott Boyd and Michael Gardyne are going back there from the team that played in 2010.

Gardyne celebrates Scottish Cup semi final victory over Celtic in 2010
Gardyne celebrates Scottish Cup semi final victory over Celtic in 2010

“Celtic are back playing very well and they have to have an off day and we are going to have to play very well.”

County have enjoyed a successful season under manager Jim McIntyre and are still competing on all three fronts, sitting fourth in the Premiership with a Scottish Cup fifth-round tie at home to junior outfit Linlithgow Rose to come next weekend.

MacGregor is pleased with the progress the Staggies have made, in working towards long-term consolidation in the Premiership.

He added: “When we played our last semi-final we were a First Division club. We are in the Premiership now and we are challenging ourselves, as it is where we need to be in the future.

“We have taken a different approach in the last year. For the first three years we were in the top flight we were trying to see if we belonged there. Some of our decision-making was very short-term.

“Now we’ve seen we do belong here, we are looking to find a way of belonging in the league even more. We’ve tried to strengthen the team longer-term.

“We have been a bit inconsistent over the last couple of months.

“When we get up to third or fourth we start to deal with more expectation and we maybe didn’t handle it as well as we could have, which shows we still have work to do.”

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