Downing Celtic quite empathically in the semi-finals of the competition would have given County a massive boost going into today’s cup final against Hibernian.
Being the Premiership side you can forgive everyone from tipping County to lift their first major piece of silverware, but Hibernian are no slouches and are a giant of the Scottish game despite being third in the Scottish championship.
Ahead of the cup final, Scotzine spoke to one of our regular contributors and self-confessed Staggies supporter Steven Kellow.
Who got you involved in supporting Ross County?
I’m a Ross County fan and have been all my life thanks to my Dad. They joined the senior leagues the year I was born but my Dad has followed them long before that and started taking me along when I was wee.
Why do you support your club? What makes it so special?
County are a bit more than a club to many people, the club brings together such a wide community and there’s nothing else like it in the Highlands for bringing people together.
Are you a season ticket holder and if so how long have you been one?
I’ve been a season ticket holder on and off for around ten years now, except for the last few years when I’ve been at university. I try to make as many matches as my budget will allow at the moment.
What do you think of the job the manager is doing this season?
Jim McIntyre’s done a phenomenal job and he’s really managed to get the most out of the players this season so far. He’s got us playing some great football now and long may it continue.
Who is your all-time favourite player at the club?
It’s got to be Richard Brittain, our captain fantastic for so many years and guiding us from the Second Division to the Premiership and Scottish Cup Final. A star player who gave his heart and soul to the club, he is and will always be Mr Ross County.
Who will be your club’s key player on Sunday?
Liam Boyce hopefully; his form at the start of the season was blistering and if it wasn’t for being injured he could well have been challenging for top scorer in the Premiership. If Boyce is on form, County will win; if not, it’ll be a close game.
What one player from the opposition side would you want in your team?
Probably Jason Cummings, a young Scottish striker who can fire goals in is always a good thing to have. I think we need another goalscorer alongside Liam Boyce so he would do nicely.
If your club was a song, what would it be?
Probably a Niteworks song: new, from the Highlands, really good at what they do and destined for big things!
If you were in charge of the pre-match team talk, how would you motivate the players? What would you say to inspire them?
It’s been six years since we’ve reached a major cup final and who knows if we’ll ever reach one again. All the players need to give it their all so that they don’t look back and regret what could have been. If they play how they have at times this season they’ll win.
What would your starting XI be for the final?
Gary Woods, Richard Foster, Paul Quinn, Andrew Davies, Marcus Fraser, Raffaele De Vita, Jackson Irvine, Martin Woods, Michael Gardyne, David Goodwillie, Liam Boyce.
I think we’ll win 1-0, Boyce to pop up on seventy minutes or so with a goal and leave the nerves jangling for twenty minutes. I’ll take a win however it comes though!