FURIOUS Iain Vigurs launched a verbal volley at Roy MacGregor’s claim that Ross County are “a family club”.

The 33-year-old midfielder and captain reacted angrily when he discovered he was one of  TEN players being released by the Dingwall outfit only days after the appointment of Malky Mackay as manager.

Vigurs revealed many of the axed players only found out over Zoom that they would not be offered contract extensions.

Michael Gardryne and other experienced stars such as Callum Morris, Ross Draper, Billy McKay, Carl Tremarco and Jason Naismith will be on their way.

Tony Andreu, Jermaine Hylton, and Mohamed Maouche took the total into double figures after the bad news had been delivered by chief executive Steven Ferguson.

Vigurs, who served the club for eight years over two spells, told the Press and Journal: “A family club? Is it a family club just when they decide it is?

DINGWALL LEGEND…Michael Gardyne holds off a challenge from Tom Rogic in Ross County’s 1-0 win in February.

“You are just a number and that was most evident today. It took a few boys by surprise, that’s for sure.

“They took us in one by one and actually had the cheek to call some by Zoom.

“Like Michael Gardyne, the most decorated Ross County player there has ever been. He was in Dundee, but was coming back up tonight, so they could have spoken to him tomorrow.

“They said no and organised a Zoom call instead. Midge has done so much for this club, as have the other boys.

“I just thought the boys deserved a little bit more respect. You don’t get that in football these days.

“It’s not so much that they’ve made these decisions, it’s more about how they have done it.

“They have had us waiting for 10 days. The chairman said he needed 10 days after the season ended. He had all season to make a decision.

“At the end of the day, we’re not in a privileged position, like Roy in terms of his finances.

“People have got families and we needed to know what was going on.

“Ten days in football is a long time. That’s disappointing.”

Vigurs admitted he feared the worst when incoming gaffer Mackay, who replaced John Hughes during the week, didn’t bother to call him.

The former Motherwell ace added: “As captain at the time, the new manager has come in this week, yet I didn’t get a phone call from the new manager.

“Nothing. I felt the writing was on the wall already. I went in and it was the chief executive Steven Ferguson who told me the news. There was not even the common courtesy or decency for the chairman or manager to be there.

“That’s what we’re dealing with. The boys gave everything to make sure this club stayed in the Premiership.”




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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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