Ross boss remains positive

  • Last Updated: December 24 2012, 14:49 GMT

Ross County manager Derek Adams remains upbeat ahead of the trip to Hibernian on Boxing Day.

Adams: Ross head to Hibernian
Adams: Ross head to Hibernian

Adams is looking on the bright side despite having to look back to the start of November for their last win.

Saturday's 4-0 Scottish Premier League defeat by Celtic at Parkhead stretched the Staggies winless run to nine games although they remain six points ahead of bottom side Dundee having played a game more.

County last earned three points with a 2-1 home win over Aberdeen almost two months ago but Adams refuses to consider the Highland club's first season in the SPL as anything other than a success.

"The players are not in a rut," he said. "They are in the SPL, and for a team like Ross County, it is something we have enjoyed.

"We have had an excellent start to the SPL with 18 points in 19 games.

"We have only been defeated seven times and that is terrific.

"We are probably two points short of where we would be delighted to be.

"We would have had a perfect start with 20 points but 18 points is fine and if we can do the same in the second half of the season and a wee bit more we will do well this season.

"But we don't have expectations. We have gone from the First Division into the SPL and there is no expectation at our football club."

Adams' side put up a decent show in the first-half at Parkhead and might have gone into the interval with an unlikely lead had Rocco Quinn and Alex Cooper not missed good chances.

However, any prospects of a shock win ended a minute into the second-half when Celtic skipper Scott Brown slammed the ball into the County goal from 14 yards.

Parkhead striker Gary Hooper then helped himself to a brace before substitute James Forrest capped his return to action by grabbing the fourth after being out since October with a hamstring injury.

Adams, however, saw enough in the east end of Glasgow to offer him hope for the rest of the season.

"We were able to open up Celtic a number of times in the first-half and that is not an easy thing," he said.

"They are an excellent side and not having a Champions League game in midweek probably helped them.

"But the first goal was a poor goal to lose defensively and we have to stop that.

"We could have stopped the first ball where we knocked it out of play instead of heading it back to the goalkeeper so it was a poor goal from our point of view.

"We will try to add to the squad in January and we look forward to the second half of the season.

"But we have had an excellent start to the season. I am delighted with the progress this football club has made in the SPL."

Adams will monitor Cooper who was replaced by Mark Corcoran early in the second-half with a leg injury.

He said: "Alex Cooper had to come off injured with a nasty gash to his leg. Everybody else seems to be fine.

"We will assess things and take it from there."

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