PAUL Lawson isn't surprised Derek Adams has been linked to Aberdeen – as his performance as Ross County boss was bound to attract attention.
While Craig Brown remains in charge at Pittodrie, speculation has been rife that Adams is considered to be on the minds of the board as a potential successor.
Adams last week landed the manager-of-the-month gong for January and Lawson said seeing his name linked to jobs like Aberdeen are proof that he's moving County in the right direction.
He said: "If players are doing well they get linked elsewhere and it's the same with managers.
"The fact that he's been linked with these clubs shows how good a job he and his backroom staff are doing."
Lawson was delighted to see Adams land the monthly prize, adding: "The manager picked up the award, but he'd be the first to tell you it's the boys out on the pitch who have helped achieve it. It's recognition for the club as a whole."
The 28-year-old, who netted in the 2-0 SPL win at Dundee on Friday and with St Johnstone, who won 3-1 at Hibs on Monday, visiting Dingwall this weekend he's confident they can kick further up the league, especially with five of the next seven games at home.
He explained: "You always go into home games confident of getting a result, although we do know it will be tough. They had a really good result against Hibs, but the manager had them watched and he'll have his plans set out for us.
"You have to make your home games count. Having so many games coming up at home, it's a great chance for us to move up the table as high as we can."
County skipper Richard Brittain has been in sparkling form before and since signing his pre-contract with St Johnstone and Lawson admits when he leaves in the summer they will feel his loss.
He said: "The boys in the dressing room know what type of character Richard is. We know he will always give 100 per cent between now and the end of the season. He trains hard every day as his performances each Saturday show. He's great to have around the place and he will be a miss, but that is part of football."
Lawson's screamer at Dens Park last week infuriated Dundee who claimed the ball may not have crossed the line after crashing down off the bar, but with sub Gary Glen notching a second goal in injury time, Lawson was thrilled to push County near mid-table.
He said: "The aim for us was not to lose, so to come away with the win was an added bonus. I thought the boys played well and we deserved the win.
"I was happy with the goal and it was good to get off the mark for the season. Whether it was controversial or not, I'll take it. It was good that Gary (Glen) then came on and took his goal very well. It's great for us to have players of that quality coming off the bench and making an impact. It shows the strength in depth of this squad."