Ross County manager John Hughes was full of praise for Charlie Lakin after the Birmingham City loanee turned in a fine performance in the recent 1-0 win over Celtic.

The midfielder has been in and out of the County side this season. But he performed well in the surprise win that took the Dingwall side off the bottom of the table and out of the relegation zone.

Hughes was impressed with the performance of Lakin and fellow loanee Stephen Kelly, who is on loan from Rangers.

“When this is all said and done, they are going back to their clubs,” Hughes said after his side’s win over Celtic.

“No questioning their attitude”

“One or two boys had said to me ‘you need to be careful in what you’re doing’ but there’s no questioning their attitude” he said.

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Ross County boss John Hughes rated Charlie Lakin’s performance against Celtic (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Hughes feels that Lakin has been slightly unfortunate not to be in the team more often. But he was thrilled with how he performed against Celtic.

“We needed that”

“I’m next to Kelly every day talking to him because he talks football back to you. Charlie’s probably found himself hard done by because when he’s come in, he’s scored a couple of goals. But I just felt I’ve needed to change it. The two of them have done really, really well.

Ross County’s Charlie Lakin in action against Livingston (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“I’ve been talking away to the two of them in terms of how they’re going to go about it. That dynamic stuff we’ve got with (Harry) Paton and Charlie and Kelly. That’s hard to go and play against, and we needed that” Hughes opined.

Now Hughes will be hoping that the 21-year-old Lakin can continue this good run of form against St Mirren this weekend. If he can replicate the performance, the Staggies are capable of pulling off another vital win.

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