Birmingham City loanee Charlie Lakin knows Ross County are heading into five huge Scottish Premiership games – but he says there has to be a mentality shift.

The Staggies were 1-0 up in the Highland derby against Inverness CT on Friday but were soon eliminated from the Scottish Cup by their Championship rivals, losing 3-1. Now all of Birmingham City loanee Lakin’s attention turns to keeping his adopted club in the Premiership, sitting precariously above the relegation zone in 10th.

The Birmingham City loanee and his teammate need to find a way to safety in the Scottish Premiership.

The Birmingham City loanee and his teammate need to find a way to safety in the Scottish Premiership this season. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

For that objective to be achieved, Lakin says John Hughes’ squad need to put aside a negative mentality: “In the first half against Inverness, I thought we were decent actually, but we got the opening goal and straight away we conceded. It has happened all season. We score and within five minutes we concede. It just has to stop.

“It isn’t good enough. I do not know what it is, but we need to get it out of our system as soon as possible. We have got five games coming up that are the most important five games of our lives. We have got to keep the club in the Premiership.

“It could affect some of the lads mentally, knowing even when we score first we might concede. It means no one really gets upbeat. We have to get rid of that mentality as quickly as possible. We have to prepare well this week, get ourselves together and go out there with everything we’ve got next time.”

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