THE problems are piling up for shell-shocked Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes after his side’s 4-1 thrashing from Ross County in Dingwall.
Following the embarrassing hiding, Jonny Hayes and Ross McCrorie left the Global Energy Stadium on crutches while Ash Taylor was forced to come off after half-an-hour.
McInnes faces an anxious wait to learn the extent of the injuries to the former Old Firm performers with the ex-Rangers utility player sent immediately to hospital after full-time for a scan on an ankle problem.
The Pittodrie gaffer, speaking to the Aberdeen Evening Express, said: “Hopefully, the injuries aren’t too bad, but we fear the worst with those two. They are a real concern.
“We will see how they play out through the week, but certainly losing those two players for any period of time would be disappointing. Ross went for an X-ray on an ankle injury that doesn’t look great at all.
“He was struggling and couldn’t move for the last 10 minutes. However, we had used all our subs and couldn’t have any more stoppages after the injuries to Ash and Jonny.”
McCrorie battled through the pain barrier and McInnes commented: “Jonny going off was a real blow as he was really prominent for us.
“He rolled his ankle and we will have to see how that is for us.
“Ash’s back went into a spasm in the opening period and he was clearly struggling to move.”
The Dons were a goal adrift inside a minute when Oli Shaw scored with a low drive beyond Joe Lewis and McInnes added: “We are disappointed, as we should be far better than that and it was a horrible afternoon for us.
“The opening period was clearly not good enough. It doesn’t matter if you are favourite or underdog, it is important you start properly.
“It is clear the pitch was tricky and it needed us to be playing with a lot more savvy and look after the ball in possession – and to certainly be far more aggressive with our work.”
McInnes started Rangers transfer target Scott Wright, who is out of contract in the summer, against the Highlanders and there could be movement for the winger in this transfer window.