Ross County signings improve survival hopes - Jim McIntyre

Tony Dingwall in action for Ross County
Tony Dingwall scored twice on his debut for Ross County

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre is happy the transfer window is closed but believes it has allowed him to improve their chances of avoiding relegation.

The Scottish Premiership club have recruited six players during January but lie six points adrift of St Mirren and Motherwell at the bottom.

"I think we are stronger and now it's about proving that by going and getting positive results," said McIntyre.

"We have signed players with good character and good experience."

McIntyre added Cameron Burgess, on loan from Fulham, and Marcus Fraser, released by Celtic, to his defensive options and will hope that former Nuneaton Town striker Craig Curran can provide goals up front.

His midfield options have been expanded with the addition of Lithuania international Darvydas Sernas and, on transfer deadline day, by the capture of Rueben Palazuelos and Raffaele De Vita.

"The foreign lads apart from Sernas know the Scottish league as well," McIntyre told BBC Scotland.

"Palazuelos and Devita played England and Scotland and know what the British culture is all about.

Ross County January signingsRoss County January exits
Craig Curran, forward (Nuneaton Town); Cameron Burgess, defender (Fulham); Marcus Fraser, defender (Celtic); Darvydas Sernas, midfielder (Wigry Suwalki); Rueben Palazuelos, midfielder (Ermis); Raffaele De Vita (Cheltenham Town)Lewis Toshney, defender (Cowdenbeath); Yoann Arquinn, forward (St Mirren); Darren Maatsen, forward (Den Bosch)

"It will be easy for them to settle in. It is important when you bring players in who are foreign that they know what's expected.

"Both are very technical and are very good on the ball."

Spaniard Palazuelos spent four years with Hearts before a switch to Alaves and the 31-year-old, most recently with Ermis in the Cypriot top flight, also spent time with Yeovil Town.

Italian 27-year-old De Vita has spent his whole senior career in British football, starting with Blackburn Rovers and moving on to Livingston, Swindon Town, Bradford City and Cheltenham Town.

"Ruben gives you an option height-wise as well, he is a good size, he moves the ball very well," said McIntyre.

"De Vita is a clever player who can play a number of positions and gives us that versatility that we were looking for."

McIntyre stresses that the new players must settle quickly given his side's league position, although they do have one game in hand over Motherwell and two over St Mirren.

"We are coming into a period when the next six weeks are going to be critical to climbing the league," he suggested.

"This is when we've got to make sure we pick up points.

"Most managers will be pleased January is over. It's a pretty hectic month and you find your attention getting drawn to watching DVDs and going through a lot of CVs and speaking to agents continuously."

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