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Stuart Kettlewell: ‘Starting places still up for grabs at Ross County’

The Staggies face Brechin in the Betfred Cup on Tuesday night. Ross County co-manager Stuart Kettlewell expects his players to maintain high levels of intensity in their Betfred Cup clash at Brechin. County launched their new season with a 4-1 home win against Montrose in the competition on Saturday and Kettlewell declared starting places are still up for grabs. “Without a shadow of doubt,” Kettlewell told the club’s official website. “Several guys are champing at the bit to get some game time and there will be changes. “We’ll certainly mix a few things up like we said we would do to ensure everybody gets an opportunity to go and impress and stake a claim for getting themselves a starting jersey.” Ross Stewart fired a brace in a comfortable win ove...

Derby County appoint Phillip Cocu as Frank Lampard successor

Phillip Cocu has been appointed Derby’s new boss on a four-year deal. The former Holland international replaces Frank Lampard, who became Chelsea manager on Thursday. Cocu told the club’s official site: “I am pleased and honoured to confirm that Derby County will be my new club and can’t wait to meet with the team and the fans to start this adventure together.” The 48-year-old has already joined the squad in Florida for their pre-season training camp. The former midfielder is joined at Pride Park assistant manager Chris Van Der Weerden and specialist first-team coach Twan Scheepers. Derby’s head goalkeeping coach Shay Given will remain as part of the new-look coaching team. Cocu is the Rams’ seventh manager in four years and joins having previously...

Simon Power joins Ross County on loan from Norwich City

The 21-year-old Irishman has joined up with his new teammates at their training camp in Holland. Ross County have signed Norwich midfielder Simon Power on a season-long loan. The 21-year-old Irishman has joined up with his new team-mates at their training camp in Holland. Power joined Norwich from UCD in January 2018 and spent the second half of last season on loan at Dordrecht, netting once in 10 games in the Dutch second tier. Co-manager Stuart Kettlewell said: “We are delighted to get Simon in. He is a young player that we see as having great potential and can play a great part in what we are trying to achieve at the club. “Coming from Norwich City, he will have an excellent pedigree and is a player I am sure the fans will take too instantly.” “We also want to ta...

Derby County closing in on Phillip Cocu as Frank Lampard replacement

Cocu is poised to become Derby’s seventh manager in four years. Phillip Cocu is close to replacing Frank Lampard as Derby’s new boss. The former Netherlands international is expected to sign a four-year deal once Lampard completes his switch to Chelsea, PA understands. Lampard is poised to return to Chelsea, where he played between 2001 and 2014, after a year as Derby manager which culminated in the Sky Bet Championship play-off final defeat to Aston Villa in May. Cocu, who will become the Rams’ seventh manager in four years, should join the squad for their pre-season trip to America later this week. Reports in Holland suggest the 48-year-old will bring in Dutchman Twan Scheepers, who is currently assistant of PSV’s Under-21 side. as his number two. Cocu spent five ...

Callum Semple exits Ross County

He made four appearances for the Staggies as they claimed the Ladbrokes Championship title. Ross County have ripped up young centre-back Callum Semple‘s contract by mutual consent. The 20-year-old former Sheffield United trainee arrived last January after a stint at Queen of the South. He made four appearances for the Staggies as they claimed the Ladbrokes Championship title but has been allowed to move on ahead of the Dingwall outfit’s top-flight return by bosses Steven Ferguson and Stuart Kettlewell. The club said in a statement: “Ross County FC can today announce that Callum Semple has left the club by mutual consent. “The club thanks Callum for his commitment in his time here, and wish him all the best for his future.” Read Next: Striker Billy McKay signs ...

Celtic ‘hold talks for Derby County left-back Max Lowe’

Celtic reportedly hold initial discussions with Derby County over a deal for defender Max Lowe. Celtic are thought to have held initial talks with Derby County over a deal for young left-back Max Lowe. The 22-year-old impressed out on loan with Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership last term and is also a renewed target for the Dons, who are keen to have him back for the 2019-20 campaign. According to the Daily Record, Celtic have earmarked Lowe as a potential replacement for Kieran Tierney, who is wanted by Arsenal in a £20m deal. The newspaper says that Neil Lennon‘s side have already been in touch with the Rams to ask about Lowe’s availability “on a short-term or permanent basis”. Lowe signed a new deal with the Championship side last summer keeping him under cont...

Scott Boyd appointed sporting director at Ross County

Kilmarnock defender Scott Boyd has returned to Ross County to become the Staggies’ new sporting director after deciding to retire from playing duties. The centre-back, 33, made over 300 appearances for the Dingwall outfit during a nine-year spell in the Highlands. The former Livingston and Partick Thistle defender spent the final two years of his career at Rugby Park, where he mixed playing for Steve Clarke’s side with studying for a sports management degree run by global players’ union FIFPro. Now County chairman Roy MacGregor has tasked him with developing the club’s commercial and business links. “We are delighted to bring Scott back to the club in the newly created sporting director role,” said MacGregor. “Many will know that Scott started stud...

Aberdeen snap up Craig Bryson from Derby County

The 32-year-old will join once his Derby contract expires. Aberdeen have confirmed the signing of Derby midfielder Craig Bryson. The 32-year-old started his career at Kilmarnock and has spent the last eight years at Pride Park, making almost 300 appearances. He will now return north of the border once his Rams contract expires this summer. The arrival of Bryson – capped three times by Scotland – could not come at a better time for Pittodrie boss Derek McInnes after seeing skipper Graeme Shinnie make the opposite trip having agreed to join Frank Lampard’s team. He becomes the Reds’ fourth signing of the summer following the capture of Ash Taylor, Ryan Hedges and Curtis Main. Bryson played 32 times for Derby last season but missed their play-off final defeat to Aston Villa at Wem...

Steven Gerrard turns down Derby County job?

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard reportedly turns down an approach to replace Chelsea-bound Derby County manager Frank Lampard. Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has reportedly turned down an offer to replace Frank Lampard at Derby County. The Championship side could find themselves in the hunt for a new manager this summer if Lampard leaves the club after one season to take the top job at Chelsea. Gerrard enjoyed an impressive first season at the helm of Gers, helping them to second place in the Scottish Premiership and engineering their first win over Old Firm rivals Celtic since 2012. According to The Times, Gerrard was sounded out about joining County this summer but reiterated his commitment to the Scottish side, where he has quickly become a fan favourite. The newspaper says that the Liverpo...

John Terry signs new Aston Villa contract amid Derby County interest

Assistant head coach John Terry has signed a contract extension at Aston Villa. The 38-year-old, who helped Villa return to the Premier League last season, had 12 months left on his existing deal but will now remain at the club until 2021. Terry had been mentioned as a potential successor to former Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard at Derby should he replace Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge. The new Villa contract for Terry now appears to have ruled out that possibility, leaving boss Dean Smith delighted the former Chelsea and England captain has decided to prolong his stay at Villa Park. “I am really pleased that JT has extended his current deal as he is a pleasure to work with,” Smith told the club website. “We have had a successful start to our Villa coaching careers an...

Rangers rubbish reports linking Steven Gerrard to Derby County

The manager has been linked with a move to Championship side Derby. Rangers insist Steven Gerrard is fully committed to his Ibrox post after reports claimed Derby had made moves to lure him south. On Tuesday, the Times claimed the Ibrox boss had rejected an approach from Rams chiefs to speak to them about their manager’s job. Frank Lampard is still the man in charge at Pride Park but could be on his way back to Chelsea to take over from Maurizio Sarri. The Times report claimed that Gerrard was contacted by Derby as the Sky Bet Championship outfit make contingency plans for Lampard’s possible return to Stamford Bridge. But now Rangers have angrily hit back at the claims, insisting Gerrard is going nowhere. A spokesman told Press Association Sport: “Let’s get one or t...

Derby County boss Frank Lampard ‘has not held Chelsea talks’

Derby County boss Frank Lampard is reportedly yet to hold talks with Chelsea, despite the Blues showing an interest in their former midfielder. Chelsea are reportedly yet to enter discussions with Derby County boss Frank Lampard, despite holding an interest in the club legend. Maurizio Sarri could potentially depart Chelsea in the coming days having received an offer to replace Massimiliano Allegri at Juventus. That has allegedly resulted in the Blues drawing up a six-man shortlist, which includes Lampard after his impressive first campaign in the dugout. However, according to The Sun, the West Londoners will only begin talks with Lampard if Sarri completes a switch to Turin. A number of Chelsea officials are said to be keen for Sarri to stay in West London, although there have been claims...

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