Staggies will light up SPL, says Lennon
SAINTS boss Danny Lennon reckons the SPL will be a better league with a Highland invasion next season.
First Division Champions Ross County will make the step up to Scottish football’s top-flight for the first time in their 83-year history.
Derek Adams’ side cantered to the SFL First Division Championship last season, finishing a massive 24 points clear of nearest rivals Dundee.
The Victoria Park club will now join fellow Highland side Inverness Caley Thistle in the SPL.
It’s the first time that two Highland clubs have competed at the very top division.
And Saints gaffer Lennon reckons The Staggies will be a very welcome addition to the set-up when the campaign kicks-off in August.
He said: “Ross County had a fantastic season in my opinion, because the First Division is probably the most competitive one in Scotland.
“There are always four or five teams who are fighting to get up there.
“And Ross County had a wonderful campaign.”
Lennon’s side has had previous encounters with The Staggies in two cup competitions over the years.
Not long after Lennon took charge of Saints in 2010, his men lost to the Highlanders 4-3 in a penalty shootout during a Co-operative Insurance League Cup game up at Victoria Park – after the game ended 3-3 in extra time.
And last season County ran Lennon’s side close in two Scottish Cup games, posting a 1-1 draw at St Mirren Park, then losing the replay 2-1 at Victoria Park.
As a result of those close scraps, Lennon knows County won’t be SPL whipping boys when they step up a division.
In addition, Saints fans will know all about County trio Richard Brittain, Paul Lawson and Mark Corcoran.
They are all former St Mirren players, are key men for Adams’ side and will no doubt relish the clashes with their former employers next season.
Lennon said: “I was very impressed with Ross County in the two Scottish Cup games we played them in.
“I know Derek Adams very well and he’s got a hard worth ethic.
“They’ll no doubt look forward to their SPL debut and they’ll certainly enjoy it, especially the Highland Derby matches they’ll have with Inverness Caley Thistle.
“They will be a welcome addition to the league.”