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Malky Mackay: New Ross County boss looks at Scottish Premiership table despite coronavirus setback |  Football news

Malky Mackay wants Ross County to resume last season’s relegation fight – despite the start of the new campaign hampered by the coronavirus.

The 49-year-old returned to club management this summer after a six-year absence from the Scottish Federation, succeeding John Hughes, who left at the end of last season after keeping the club in the top flight.

But despite the pleasure of helping Ross County grow, MacKay’s initial plans were hit by a coronavirus outbreak that forced the club to forgo their Scottish League Cup games against Forfar Athletic and Dundee.

Addressed exclusively to Sky Sports News, Mackay said: “This has been a test for us and not ideal, but everyone is starting to come back to where it was.

“It ranged from asymptomatic to people in their beds for seven days, so it hit everyone differently

“But we’re on the mend now and I’ve been here for almost six weeks now and I really appreciate it.

“It’s a good club, there is a training center right at the stadium which is up there with the Old Firm clubs as the best training centers in Scotland and there is a great transition to club football .

“It means 15 players left the club this summer, so it’s really a change, we need to bring in more players.”

Mackay is inspired by the exploits of St Johnstone last season, who finished fifth and won both the Scottish Cup and the Scottish League Cup.

“It’s an inspiration that there are days like this and you just have to look at two or three clubs that have done very well in certain seasons to be inspired,” added Mackay.

“Our goal initially is to make sure the club is stable again and then to start from there and push towards that top six at some point.

“As far as Ross County is concerned, we have to look up and move on – there is a very strong Premiership this year, so it’s going to be tough for all of us.”

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