31 Jul Scottish Premiership preview: Ross County
Every year the summer seems to be a revolving door for the Staggies with as many players coming in as going out and this year is no different.
However, under Jim McIntyre there seems to be more continuity about the approach with most of the departures being players that former boss Derek Adams had signed.
With County floundering at the wrong end of the table, McIntyre did a fantastic job to seal their Premiership safety after a fine run of form towards the end of the campaign and he will be hoping to take that form into the start of this season.
The midfield feels bolstered with the permanent signing of Jackson Irvine and Queen of the South’s Ian McShane, while former Falkirk midfielder Stewart Murdoch will provide competition to both.
Brian Graham has enough quality at Premiership level to score a few goals, while they’ve strengthened their goalkeeping options with Partick Thistle’s Scott Fox and Stoke City’s shot-stopper Daniel Bachmann (loan) joining in the summer.
In: Ian McShane, midfielder (Queen of the South, undisclosed fee); Jackson Irvine, midfielder (Celtic, compensation); Scott Fox, goalkeeper (Partick Thistle); Brian Graham, forward (Dundee United); Andrew Davies, defender (Bradford City); Michael Gardyne, forward (Dundee United); Stewart Murdoch, midfielder (Fleetwood Town); Richard Foster, defender (Rangers); Darren Holden, defender (Hartlepool United); Jonathan Franks, midfielder (Hartlepool United); Chris Robertson, defender (Port Vale). Loan: Daniel Bachmann, goalkeeper (Stoke City).
Out: Paul Quinn, defender (Aberdeen); Martin Woods, midfielder (Shrewsbury Town); Antonio Reguero, goalkeeper (Hibernian); Mark Brown, goalkeeper (Dumbarton); Richard Brittain, midfielder (Brora Rangers); Darren Barr, defender (Dumbarton); Ruben Palazuelos, midfielder; Jake Jervis, forward; Joe Cardle, midfielder (Dunfermline); Graham Carey, midfielder; Terry Dunfield, midfielder; Benedict Frempah, defender; Abdoulaye Meite, defender; Steven Saunders, defender; Darvydas Sernas, midfielder; Scott Ferries, midfielder. Loan: Kyle Macleod, forward (Elgin City). Loan ended: Filip Kiss, midfielder (Cardiff City); Cameron Burgess (Fulham).