Mid­fielder in­sists he will reach new lev­els when sea­son re­sumes

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - Sport - BY ANDY SKIN­NER

Ross County mid­fielder Christo­pher Routis is his own harsh­est critic and he feels Stag­gies sup­port­ers should ex­pect more from him in the rest of the Scot­tish Premier­ship cam­paign.

French­man Routis joined the High­landers from Brad­ford City last sum­mer, end­ing two years with the English League One side af­ter his move from Swiss side Servette.

Af­ter tak­ing time to adapt to Scot­tish foot­ball, Routis has gone on to im­press along­side fel­low new­comer Tim Chow at the heart of County’s mid­field.

Al­though pleased with his progress, Routis is hun­gry for more im­prove­ment and wants to add more goals and as­sists to his game.

Routis said: “It was new foot­ball for me, it’s a bit dif­fer­ent fromEng­land. It­wasal­ready dif­fer­ent when I moved from Switzer­land to Brad­ford, but I think here is a bit dif­fer­ent as well.

“The team plays a bit more

“If the man­ager puts me on the bench then it is be­cause my per­for­mance was not so good”

foot­ball and there are teams like Celtic, Rangers and Aberdeen who are bet­ter.

“I’ll al­ways just look at the bad about my per­for­mance, so I’m not good to judge, but I’m quite happy be­cause I’ve played a lot of games and that was my tar­get.

“There was one month when I stayed on the bench. To play ev­ery game is good but if the man­ager puts me on the bench then it is be­cause my per­for­mance was not so good.

“I need to be fo­cused on that and cor­rect that and play the se­cond half of the sea­son more con­sis­tently.

“I’m feel­ing bet­ter and I’m feel­ing con­fi­dent.

“I talked to the man­ager to­wards the end of the year and he wants more from me. He thinks I can do more and I think that as well.

“I’ve just scored one goal from mid­field and one or two as­sists, which is not re­ally good. I think

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