Ross County: Two up front works for boss Jim McIntyre

By Martin DowdenBBC Scotland
County strikers Liam Boyce and Brian Graham led the line early in the season
County strikers Liam Boyce and Brian Graham led the line early in the season

Ross County boss Jim McIntyre is happy to buck recent trends and continue deploying two strikers.

The Dingwall side have scored 28 goals in 18 league games to sit fifth in the Premiership.

"I like to play with wide players and I like to play with two strikers," McIntrye told BBC Scotland.

"If you can get the right personnel, then you can be a real threat. It also entertains the punters, who want to see lots of action."

Champions Celtic and several other top flight sides regularly use one central striker but McIntyre, a former centre forward, is happy using what may be considered an old fashioned formation.

"We want to get the ball forward and make opportunities," explained the 43-year-old, who been with the Staggies since September 2014.

"For me, all the systems run into each other. It's about having good players and players that can adapt.

"We've been going with two strikers since February onwards. When we first arrived we couldn't do that."

Liam Boyce is County's top marksman this season, with 14 goals in 23 games.

And his manager hopes the 24-year-old can add to his six Northern Ireland caps at Euro 2016.

"He certainly gets plenty of credit at this club and the opposition know what a dangerous player he is," said McIntyre.

"He's doing fantastically well and putting the ball away regularly. That's all you can ask and he'll be the first to thank his team-mates for helping him do that.

"Liam's main drive is to keep doing it for Ross County and if he does that then hopefully he'll be going to the Euros."

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