SPECULATION was growing last night (Wednesday) that Craig Brewster was in line for a shock short-term playing deal at Ross County.
Although Brewster, who was sacked as Caley Thistle boss last week, refused to comment, there is speculation that Staggies manager Derek Adams may offer him at least a one-month deal.
The 42-year-old was being tracked by Third Division clubs Montrose and Forfar Athletic to bolster their attacks, but the former Aberdeen and Dumfermline hitman continued to consider options.
Although initially offered training facilities at SPL side St Mirren, Brew decided to call Adams in a bid to remain based in the North.
Adams played it down, however, simply adding: "Craig phoned me to ask if he could train here and use these facilities and I'm allowing him to do that."
Despite this, he is understood that he's fitted in instantly with the County squad and could come in for a few games to help shoot the club up the Irn Bru Division One table.
And County can climb into fourth spot, or even overtake Livingston on goal difference, when they head to Almondvale this Saturday.
Last weekend saw the Dingwall side crash to a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Clyde, but Adams is sure they can strike back against Paul Hegarty's Lions.
He explained: "We're going to Livingston which has a good pitch and a fine stadium and we'll go there looking for the win because we know that we have the chance to go above them in the table and that's a great incentive.
"Livi have changed their squad around a wee bit. They have lost Rocco Quinn and they are without Calum Elliot, but they have taken in David Winters, Danny Griffin and Armand One. We'll be looking to get back to the form we had shown when we beat Queen of the South and Partick Thistle."
Basement side Airdrie United's 1-0 win against Dundee last weekend turned up the heat on the teams above, as Adams conceded: "Airdrie's recent results have put pressure on seven or eight teams because it is so tight. We're only four points off third place with a game in hand, so that's the direction we are focusing on."
Reflecting on the Broadwood defeat on Saturday, Adams added: "We didn't start the game at all well and it was one of those days when nothing really went for us. We didn't pass the ball as well as we can and we'll just have to look forward to the next game.
"We lost two bad goals and we then had an opportunity to get back into the match and we didn't take it. All in all, we didn't play well on Saturday, certainly not as well as we have previously."
Adams revealed that his target, Kilmarnock defender Martyn Corrigan, has opted not to move North, preferring to stay in the Central Belt.
Meanwhile, the County boss denied reports that defender Scott Boyd was attracting interest from Aberdeen.