Paul Quinn return boosts Ross County ahead of Celtic tie

Paul Quinn in training after re-signing for Ross County. Picture: SNS
Paul Quinn in training after re-signing for Ross County. Picture: SNS
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Ross County secured a significant League Cup semi-final boost yesterday by re-signing Celtic’s recent nemesis Paul Quinn from Aberdeen.

Quinn had joined the Dons last summer after playing an inspirational captain’s role in County’s recovery from a perilous February berth at the foot of the Ladbrokes Premiership. But he has made just 12 starts and six substitute appearances this season.

Despite that, he will forever be remembered affectionately by the Aberdeen faithful for netting the late winner against Celtic at Pittodrie in mid-September.

A craving for regular action convinced the 30-year-old to cut his losses with 18 months remaining on his Dons’ contract, returning to Dingwall on a deal through to summer 2017. Quinn is eligible to be thrown straight into Sunday’s semi-final against Ronny Deila’s side, having appeared only as an unused substitute for Aberdeen’s League Cup defeat by Hibs.

Manager Jim McIntyre confirmed Andrew Davies, the former Middlesbrough and Bradford City defender, would retain the captain’s armband but was thrilled to have Quinn’s experience back on board.

McIntyre said: “We’ve agreed a permanent deal to re-sign Paul from Aberdeen and we’re just waiting on the paperwork.

“He was an integral part of what we did last season, not just on the field but off it as well. Paul was a very good influence around the place and we’re obviously delighted to get him back. It stiffens the competition in that central defensive area, which we felt we needed.

“He was captain here as well, and you can’t have enough captains in your side. He does lead by example, so he’s an important signing.

“But he hasn’t played for a few weeks and we need to remember that. It might take him a few games to get fully up to speed.”

County’s top scorer is nearing readiness to return after breaking a bone in his left hand.

The 24-year-old will have the plaster cast removed today but it will be touch and go as to whether he will return to face Celtic.