Ross County manager Malky Mackay has insisted he doesn’t just want the Staggies to survive in the Premiership but admits his side need to start doing “something better” than they have if they want to remain in the top-flight.

Mackay’s side are at the foot of the table having narrowly avoided the drop last season under Yogi Hughes and the former Scottish FA performance director thinks there is confidence within his squad that they can push up the table.

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While Ross County will have been most people’s picks as relegation candidates before a ball was even kicked this season, Mackay has bigger targets than just clinging on and staying in the league – although he’s not “daft” enough to be ignorant of the situation they find themselves in just now.

“I would always want to push to make sure we’re as high as possible in the league,” Mackay said.

“I don’t think it is about us saying let’s just try and survive, it is not in my make-up and it isn’t what the boys want to do.

“They’re not looking like a team that are bereft of confidence or just desperate to cling on. That’s not what we’re seeing on a Saturday.


“Like anything, we do have to make sure we do have that initial step and make sure we survive.

“There’s certainly a positivity inside myself in terms of my group. I’m not daft. I do get the fact we’re sitting at the bottom of the league.

“Obviously we have to do something better than we have been doing, without question, but there’s an awful lot of games left to go.”

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