Football - Adams remaining positive

Ross County manager Derek Adams remains upbeat ahead of the trip to Hibernian on Boxing Day despite having to look back to the start of November for their last win.

Saturday's 4-0 Clydesdale Bank Premier League defeat by Celtic at Parkhead stretched the Staggies winless run to nine games although they remain six points ahead of bottom side Dundee having played a game more.

County last earned three points with a 2-1 home win over Aberdeen almost two months ago but Adams refuses to consider the Highland club's first season in the SPL as anything other than a success. He said: "The players are not in a rut. They are in the SPL, and for a team like Ross County, it is something we have enjoyed."

He continued: "We have had an excellent start to the SPL with 18 points in 19 games.

"We have only been defeated seven times and that is terrific.

"We are probably two points short of where we would be delighted to be.

"We would have had a perfect start with 20 points but 18 points is fine and if we can do the same in the second half of the season and a wee bit more we will do well this season.

"But we don't have expectations.

"We have gone from the First Division into the SPL and there is no expectation at our football club."