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Preview: Ross County vs Hibs

Following an emphatic victory on Sunday, our attention turns to cinch Premiership action on Wednesday evening as we travel to Dingwall to face Ross County; 7.45pm kick-off at the Global Energy Stadium.

THE LOWDOWN

We travel to Ross County for our first league action since 27 October. This fixture was initially scheduled to take place at the end of October, however, due to positive Covid tests within the squad, the game had to be postponed.

Before the postponement, we lost our last four cinch Premiership matches in a row, the most recent coming against Celtic at Easter Road.

This past Sunday, we returned to competitive action in the Premier Sports Cup and defeated Rangers 3-1 in the semi-finals.

On the other hand, Ross County come into this game losing their last competitive game to Rangers 4-2 on 7 November. Prior to that, however, they beat Dundee 5-0 securing their first league win of the season in emphatic fashion.

TEAM NEWS

Jack Ross will have some extra experience to call upon for this game, as Darren McGregor returns after serving a one-match suspension.

He will, however, be without Ryan Porteous, who serves a one-match suspension due to the number of bookings he’s accumulated this term.

Christian Doidge will also be available for this match, following an achilles injury. The Welsh striker returned to training during the November international break and came on as a substitute this past weekend in our victory over Rangers. Doidge scored in our last meeting with Ross County and will be hoping to do the same this time around.

Sean Mackie and Melker Hallberg also returned to training during the international break and may be another defensive option at Jack Ross’ disposal.

Kyle Magennis, Dan Mackay and Jamie Murphy are all unavailable, however.

THE HOSTS

Ross County are currently bottom of the cinch Premiership, four points behind Dundee in 11th.

In their last game, Ross County took the lead against Rangers at Ibrox but ultimately fell to a 4-2 defeat.

Malky Mackay’s side have scored 11 goals in their previous four games, two against Rangers, five against Dundee, and two against both St Mirren and Livingston.

Some stand-out players to keep an eye on from Ross County are Regan Charles-Cook, Blair Spittal, and Harry Clarke.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

We recorded a comfortable 3-0 victory over Ross County in our last encounter on 8 August.

Goals from Martin Boyle, Kyle Magennis, and Christian Doidge within the opening 33 minutes were enough to put the game to bed and secure all three points on the day.

After the victory, Jack Ross commented: “To produce that type of performance on the back of Thursday evening is brilliant. It’s testament to the conditioning levels of the group and their mindset, which is growing and growing all the time.

“The energy levels were fantastic, and the quality of the play was brilliant as well. I’m delighted we had supporters in the stadium to see it as well.

“I’m really proud of that group in terms of what they are producing.”

HOW TO WATCH

If you have a ticket for the original game, then this will still be valid for Wednesday evening.

If you have lost your ticket and are still attending, then we can arrange for a reprint to be issued for you, please contact the ticket office via email asap on tickets@hibernian.co.uk to arrange this.

If you are now unable to attend the game, your ticket must be returned to our ticket office to allow us to process a refund for you.

Pay on the gate will also be available in Dingwall.

SUPPORTER INFORMATION

Due to the capacity of the Global Energy Stadium, supporters will not be subject to the proof of vaccine scheme.

However, circumstances can change very quickly, so with that in mind, we’d urge our supporters to carry a Covid Passport to all matches in Scotland to cover all eventualities.