Ross County and Inverness are set to face off in a huge Highland derby on Monday night.

The game, which is live on national television, is a Scottish Cup fifth round tie. Normally County would be taking the derby as serious as it gets.

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But it should take a place on the back burner as the Dingwall side try to win promotion back to the Premiership.

County currently sit three points clear of Ayr United at the top of the Championship table. With only 13 games left to go, there is no point risking players even in a derby.

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Ross County are more than capable of going on a decent cup run. They deservedly knocked out Premiership side Motherwell in the last round.

But co-managers Steven Ferguson and Stuart Kettlewell know what the priority is.

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Inverness are currently battling to stay in the Championship promotion places, so perhaps the game isn’t the biggest priority for them either.

Still, there is no doubt that in a derby both teams will be looking to win the game, it’s just that other games are more important.

No doubt if the Staggies lose the game there will be some complaints from their supporters.

But if they end up wining promotion back to the Premiership, the same fans will forget all about the loss to Inverness.




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