McInnes still searching
Premiership: Manager praises Saints’ spirit and togetherness as he hones his Dons
done when you’ve got good managers, good recruitment and making good decisions.
“St Johnstone have got good players and there’s a familiarity about them. By and large you’d say that St Johnstone have a team similar to ourselves in the past with that familiarity.
“It’s helped forge that spirit and that togetherness, and forged an understanding. It’s something that is very important.
“They’ve got that and we’re trying to find that a wee bit at the minute and getting those experiences as a team, good and bad, to try to develop ourselves as a new team.”
McInnes concedes he is still searching for the best formula for his side but Scotland have been dealt a blow ahead of next week’s World Cup double-header after Celtic midfielders Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong were ruled out of the qualifying deciders.
Hoops manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed yesterday the pair would not recover insists his players can be proud of their efforts so far.
He said: “Regardless of the league table, for us it would be if we could win the game, it would be a very strong start to our league campaign.
“We’re three points ahead of where we were last year, we’ve scored more goals and conceded less and if we can reinforce that from injury in time to face Slovakia and Slovenia.
Brown limped off against Anderlecht on Wednesday with a tight hamstring, while Armstrong sat out the Champions League game in Brussels. Rodgers said: “Scott has had a scan so he and Stuart Armstrong will not be good start with a win on Saturday we’ll be pleased with our work.
“I’d like to try and be as settled as we can be because I see the importance in that but everyone’s got an opportunity to cement that place.
“We’re lucky that we’ve got good players at the club and I’m hopeful that we can win on Saturday, look back
lavailable for a few weeks due to a slight strain of top of the hamstring and calf. It is unfortunate for both us and obviously for Scotland.”
Armstrong, who was born in Inverness and brought up in Aberdeen, was named among the substitutes for Celtic’s 3-0 win against at the initial start and be pleased with our league form.”
Ross County manager Owen Coyle is relishing his return to the dugout today when the Staggies make the Premiership trip to Kilmarnock.
Former Burnley and Bolton Wanderers manager Coyle joined the Staggies on a two-year deal on Thurs- Anderlecht and Rodgers revealed the 25-year-old pulled up before the game. He said: “He actually did it in the warm-up and it was only midway through the half that one of the medical team had said that he had hurt it.
“He went out to warm up after it had happened but he day, replacing Jim McIntyre who was sacked earlier in the week.
Coyle has enjoyed a break from the game since leaving Blackburn Rovers in February but has craved a return to management and, having taken his first sessions with his new squad this week, he is eager to return to action in Ayrshire today. still felt the pain there.
“He has played a lot of games and it has been the case of trying to manage the squad, hence the reason why he wasn’t starting the game the other night. It is not so serious but it is the timing of it which is unfortunate for him, us and Scotland.”
Coyle said: “There’s no point saying I’ll sit in the stand and watch the game. I’m here. Let’s get going and try to turn those defeats into victories and kick on.”
County are targeting their first victory since the opening day of the season at Rugby Park and are only a point ahead of their opponents who are bottom of the table.