Ross County are waiting on the fitness of Alex Iacovitti and Celtic loanee Leo Hjelde ahead of a huge Scottish Premiership match with Motherwell this weekend.

The 2-1 win over Hamilton on Wednesday means County only need a point at Fir Park to secure their league survival. Iacovitti could make it after a hamstring problem stemming from his back while Hjelde is in a race to make one last display before returning to Celtic. It’s time to ‘stand up and be counted’ according to manager John Hughes.

The Celtic loanee is in a race against time.

The Celtic loanee is in a race against time. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He said: “We have got one or two injuries. Leo Hjelde is carrying a knock but we are hoping he makes it. Alex Iacovitti isn’t as bad as we thought and we hope he trains on Saturday. It’s coming from his back and into his hamstring so he could possibly make it.

“It’s time to stand up and be counted. We are in the trenches and it’s time to stand up and nail your colours to the mast. If not, Carl Tremarco has told me he’s ready to go, the warrior. One of the substitutes could come on and be a hero, Charlie Lakin did it on Wednesday, so hopefully history repeats itself.


“We still have plenty work to do. I see football as simple. You have all the tools in your locker. They won’t let you down. What it is about is mental toughness. Your mental toughness has to prevail and make sure the pressure doesn’t get in the way of all the stuff you have done since you were six years old.

“Do that and it is the mental preparation, toughness, desire, will to win, that togetherness and trust that will get us over the line. But if any of them think the job is done and take their foot off the gas, if they are thinking like that then they shouldn’t put the strip on. You shouldn’t do that to yourself or your team-mates.”

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