Brit­tain’s Brora derby de­but

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - SPORT -

County’s squad is al­ready much-changed, with McIntyre bring­ing nine new sign­ings to Vic­to­ria Park.

De­spite the open­ing game of the Premier­ship be­ing just 10 days away, with County fac­ing cham­pi­ons Celtic at Park­head, McIntyre is in no rush to Brora Rangers player-man­ager Richard Brit­tain knows he will have lit­tle time to ease him­self into his new­role as he faces a cup derby de­but tonight.

For­mer Ross County cap­tain Brit­tain, who was ap­pointed Davie Kirk­wood’s suc­ces­sor at Dud­geon Park last week, faces a tough start at home to Wick Academy in the first round of the AJG Parcels North of Scot­land Cup (8pm kick-off).

Brit­tain is look­ing for­ward to his com­pet­i­tive de­but, but knows his first match could not be tougher.

He said: “Ev­ery­one loves a derby and from what I hear games be­tween our­selves and Wick Academy are com­pet­i­tive.

“There should be a good crowd, we’re at make fresh ad­di­tions and added: “I said be­fore we went away to Hungary that I would like to add another three play­ers – and that hasn’t changed.

“Look­ing around the league, all the teams are still try­ing to re­cruit the right type of play­ers.

“It’s very im­por­tant when we are re­cruit­ing new play­ers that we do not panic andwe­make sure we are get­ting the right play­ers in.

“If they’re notavailable at the mo­ment, we’ve got to show pa­tience.

“We know ex­actly the type of player we’re look­ing for in each po­si­tion.

“It’s im­por­tant that we make sure we’re get­ting ex­actly what we want.

“Some­times that can be dif­fi­cult to ac­com­plish and it can mean hav­ing to wait.” full strength and hope­fully we can progress to the next round.”

Another for­mer County midfielder, Academy man­ager Gor­don Con­nelly, hopes his side can do bet­ter against Brora than last sea­son.

He said: “This is the tough­est tie we could have got, but one we’re rel­ish­ing.

“We met in the semi-fi­nals last year when they beat us 2-1, hope­fully we can avenge that de­feat this time around.

“But it’s great for High­land League football that a player of Richard’s qual­ity is in­volved with Brora.”

Wick go into the cup tie at full strength, save for the ab­sence of for­ward Lukasz Geruzel, who is home in Poland.

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