Ross County V Kilmarnock at Victoria Park : Match Preview

19 August 2016 04:34
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Ross County manager Jim McIntyre happy with full-back situation

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre revealed he was happy with his full-back options after allowing Richard Foster to leave ahead of the meeting with Kilmarnock on Saturday.

County announced the former Rangers and Aberdeen player's contract had been terminated by mutual consent, allowing him to move to Ladbrokes Premiership rivals St Johnstone.

McIntyre said in a statement: "Richard made a great contribution to the club last season as we won the League Cup and finished in the top six.

"However, we strengthened the squad in the full-back area over the summer and are very happy with our options so we wish Richard well in the next chapter of his career with St Johnstone Football Club."

One of the new full-backs is Erik Cikos, who rejoined the Staggies in the summer.

And he is determined to push on against Kilmarnock after County followed their Betfred Cup exit and opening defeat to Dundee with a Highland derby win over Inverness.

"After losing the first game at home it was important to get confidence back, so these three points are very important and I'm sure it will help us to improve," Cikos said.

"We will play against Kilmarnock and Hamilton, and these matches will be very important for us to get six points, because after that we have a very hard series of games."

Kilmarnock boss Lee Clark hopes to have two new additions in his squad for Saturday's trip.

Clark has already tied up a loan move for Burnley right-back Luke Hendrie and is lining up Birmingham midfielder Charlee Adams on a similar deal.

Clark handed 21-year-old Adams his first-team debut during his stint as Blues boss and was delighted he was able to overcome rival offers.

He said: "I know Charlee very well. I gave him his debut and he's gone on to play more games under Gary Rowett.

"He's had a couple of loan moves at Lincoln already and we've fought off some late competition to get him from clubs in League One down south, so we're very happy with that.

"He's a very dynamic, aggressive midfield player who can also play centre-half.

"When I got the nod yesterday that he was available, I was surprised but thankfully we moved very quickly to get him."

Clark is now on the verge of making 14 additions to his squad this summer - eight of them loan signings. His latest deals were made possible by the sale of Josh Magennis to Charlton and he still has plans to bring in at least one more new face.

However, that means some of his fringe players will be allowed to head out on loan themselves.

He added: "We need to trim the size of the squad back but sending them out on loan means these players will be playing competitive football and ready to come back in January."

Source: PAR