MIHAEL Kovacevic believes Derek Adams can build upon Ross County’s spectacular progress this season by further enriching the club’s cosmopolitan blend. The big Swiss-born defender of Croatian descent would love to see Adams cement the current squad and expand his policy of overseas signings.
The big Swiss-born defender of Croatian descent would love to see Adams cement the current squad and expand his policy of overseas signings.
No fewer than 14 of the 15-man County pool picked for the then-First Division side’s 2010 Scottish Cup final appearance against Dundee United were native Scots. Only goalkeeper Michael McGovern, from Northern Ireland, was exception to the rule.
Kovacevic was joined at Victoria Park by Swiss-Serb defender Branislav Micic, Canadian internationalist Andre Hainault, German striker Steffen Wohlfarth and Greek left back Evangelos Oikonomou.
Kovacevic, part of the United team who defeated County at Hampden in May 2010 but now hoping to help the Dingwall side qualify for Europe, believes Adams is adept at attracting the right characters regardless of geography. Kovacevic said: “It takes players of a certain mind-set to make the transition successfully from their previous league to Scottish football. Some players need more time and some need less. I am used to Scottish football having played here with Dundee United previously, but it is noticeable just how well the new players who have come in here have settled.
“Players need the right attitude, it is different from other countries here. It is much more about running and fighting in Scotland, but we like to play too here at this club. I know how it is for players who come here from abroad and I like to think I can help them bed in.”