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Rivalry Never Dies
You may wish your opponent well but that does not mean you really mean it
Ross County and Inverness enjoy the traditional rivalry that adds spice to meetings of neighbouring clubs. It is no wonder, then, that County's Iain Vigurs would be "absolutely delighted" to kill off Inverness' European hopes when the sides meet next Sunday. The Staggies' own dreams of European football being taken to Dingwal were shattered when they lost 2-0 at Motherwell, leaving Caley and St Johnstone vying for Scotland's last spot in the competition ahead of the visit of Terry Butcher's side. The midfielder is hoping County can record their first win over Inverness this season and with it help possibly deliver a knockout blow to the European hopes of his former club, who lead Saints by one point. Vigurs said: "We definitely need a win against them to finish the season strong. So we will be doing all we can to win that match and I would be absolutely delighted with that (ending Inverness' European dream). The County supporters would love it. We are not going to lie down and let Inverness win this last derby match of the season just because we can't make it into Europe. County have not beaten Inverness all season and there would be no finer time to do that than on the last weekend of the season."Vigurs was "gutted" that County's first season in the SPL ended with a "whimper" in Lanarkshire. He said: "We would love to have won the game but it was not to be. We were not clinical in front of goal and gave away two cheap goals and if you do that then that's what happens. It has been a great season and the boys have been terrific as there is real quality in the County dressing room. We have to give credit where credit is due and qualifying for Europe would have topped a magnificent season."Vigurs is hoping to be offered a new deal to saty in Dingwall when his current contract finishes at the end of the season. He was in joking mood as he touched on the issue, saying said: "The manager has spoken to a few players but not to me so he clearly does not rate me as a player. I would love to stay at County. Everything is up in the air at the moment and there are no plans yet. I'm sure there will be a chance that we will sit down and talk soon."
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