Ross County V Hearts at Victoria Park : Match Preview

28 December 2012 07:31
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Adams targeting Edinburgh double

Ross County manager Derek Adams has urged his players to complete an Edinburgh double and end the year on a high.

The Highlanders claimed a 1-0 victory over Hibernian at Easter Road on Boxing Day after Richard Brittain grabbed the only goal of the game.

County now prepare to welcome the capital city's other representatives, Hearts, to Dingwall tomorrow as they aim for back-to-back wins.

Adams said: "We were delighted with the win against Hibs.

"The SPL is a difficult place to play and it was another good performance.

"This time, we got a good bit of fortune in winning the match and I think we deserved it.

"Hearts are a big, physical side and they like to get the ball into the penalty area quite quickly.

"We noticed that when we went to Tynecastle the last time.

"There were big throws from all areas and we have to deal with that on Saturday.

"It's another great game at Victoria Park. I hope we can do the double as it sets us up perfectly for the new year."

County will be without Stuart Kettlewell after the midfielder was forced off on Boxing Day with a hamstring problem.

John McGlynn hopes the likes of right-back Ryan McGowan are still Hearts players once the January transfer window comes to a close as the manager seeks to meet his own expectations in his first season at Tynecastle.

With Hearts' financial woes well publicised and players entering the final six months of their contracts, McGlynn could see many of his established first-team players depart next month.

Australia international McGowan has been linked with a move, while Scotland defender Andy Webster and captain Marius Zaliukas, a third defender, are all out of contract come the end of the season.

McGlynn described McGowan's link with a move to Asia as "pure speculation".

"Players like Ryan McGowan will attract attention," McGlynn said. "They're out of contract in the summer and the football club is not in a position to knock back good offers if they come in.

"Some players will probably go, if not in January, then at the end of the season.

"We're going to have to go through a transitional period right now and another one in the summer. That's how it will be.

"I would like as many players to stay as possible because that would give me the best chance to do my job best.

"I wouldn't want to lose defenders because that's probably the strongest part of our team, but it may be that these are the players that are sought after most by others. I just need to deal with that issue as I have done with every other issue."

Defender Andy Webster is doubtful for this weekend and may not be risked with next Thursday's Edinburgh derby in mind.

Long-term injury victims Danny Grainger and Jamie Hamill (both knee) remain out.

Source: PA