Published: 02/09/2014 06:45 - Updated: 02/09/2014 06:58

Staggies make treble deadline swoop

Written byPaul Chalk

MANAGERLESS Ross County made a triple deadline day transfer swoop as the club aims to get off the foot of the Scottish Premiership.

First to check in at Victoria Park Stadium was former player Michael Gardyne, who rejoins the Staggies on loan from Dundee United until mid-January.

The 28-year-old attacking midfielder, who was part of the 2010 squad which helped County to the Scottish Cup final was out of the frame at Tananadice to leapt a the chance to return to Dingwall.

Bolstering the defence which has leaked 13 league goals this season is former Falkirk, Hearts and Kilmarnock stopper Darren Barr, who has signed a one-year deal.

The 29-year-old, who played for Inverness CT manager John Hughes at Falkirk, was a free agent after leaving Rugby Park this summer, so County made their move for the player who is sure to add vital experience.

Completing the signing hat-trick for a squad already bolstered by 10 new players was Celtic midfielder Jackson Irvine.

The 21-year-old Australian was on loan last year and he’s joined County until the end of this season.

Chairman Roy MacGregor rubber-stamped the deals, but failed in a bid to bring Clark Robertson from Aberdeen.

Match scout Stuart Millar, meanwhile, has quit his post after the sacking last week of manager Derek Adams and director of football George Adams.

He was part of the backroom team which had guided the club from the Second Division to the top-flight.

County are this week stepping up their hunt for Adams’ successor, with ex-St Mirren boss Danny Lennon, former County manager and assistant Neale Cooper and ex-ICT boss Terry Butcher linked to the post.

The club have lost their opening five league games this season, the latest being a 4-0 defeat at Hamilton last Saturday.

They return to action on September 13 with a home game against Motherwell.

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