New Ross County manager John Hughes is eager to prove wrong the people who think that the club is doomed to relegation.

Hughes, who was appointed as County boss on Monday, takes over from former boss Stuart Kettlewell. He was sacked after a poor run of results which leaves the Dingwall side stranded at the bottom of the Premiership table. They are currently four points adrift in 12th place after the 2-0 loss to Hamilton.

Message sent to the doubters

Now Hughes, whose first match in charge is against Celtic on Wednesday, has sent a defiant message to those who think that relegation is inevitable.


John Hughes is back in management (Photo by Sammy Turner/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“You wouldn’t believe how much desire I’ve got in me to try and bring success and prove one or two people wrong, as a manager, as a coach, for my team” he said (Ross County TV).

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“People are writing us off. Great, bring it on, siege mentality. If they were saying that about me as a player, I’d be going ‘we’ll see'” he continued.

Ross County’s visit to Celtic Park comes only a few weeks after their memorable 2-0 Betfred Cup win at the same venue over Neil Lennon’s side.

“Give me everything”

Hughes admits that it isn’t going to be easy to keep the side up. However, he has outlined what he is going to do to try and get the team back on track.

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Ross County are looking to repeat their recent win at Celtic Park on Wednesday (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“I’ve asked them to show real strong mental character. Give me everything they’ve got. I have to make it simple and easy for them. Don’t put too much into their head. You know your job, what I’m after, and everything we do is for the team. It’s not going to be easy. I’ve not got a magic wand. It’s small steps, building on it. It’s all hands on deck, everybody together. One for all, and all for one” he concluded.

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