Author: Louis Cooper
Ross County confirmed that two of their brightest youth academy graduates would be heading out on loan to the Highland League this week. Adam MacKinnon (17) would be heading to Brora Rovers on loan for the season and goalkeeper Logan Ross (16) would head to Lossiemouth on a short loan.
Both players had been training with the first team since the resumption of professional football in Scotland, back in June. Adam also recently made a substitute appearance for Ross County in a 3-0 cup win over Stirling Albion.
When asked about his move to Lossiemouth, Ross said: I feel really happy to be going out on loan and I cannot wait to see what this loan spell brings me. I’m really excited as I will, hopefully, be getting more game time at a first team level which will build on my footballing ability."
Stephen Mackay, Brora Rangers manager, spoke highly of Adam Mackinnon and said: “he is a very creative player with great awareness and reactions as well as being very technically capable and athletic and he will be a great a boost to the squad”.
When faced with the question of whether Arran would walk into the team he said: “We know County rate him highly but he still needs to earn his right to play. Of course, he will be given every opportunity to do so and we are all looking forward to seeing him in action and are grateful we have him for the season”.
Going out on loan to lower league teams and even non-league has been a crucial part of player development in Scotland for decades. Many stars of Scottish football have played at times in the lowest leagues to gain experience of the game.
The playtime that these players will get from the Highland league, will be crucial for their careers as it will be their first experience of playing for the first team of a club consistently.
These loan moves will also give them the honest reality of playing full time at a football club and it will show both their clubs and themselves if they are ready to take this step up to the senior level.
The players won’t be the only ones to gain from these loan moves of course as all three clubs will benefit as well. Ross County will get to see of their academy graduates mature and given a chance at first team football at a lower level to ease them in. Where as, for the two Highland league clubs, they get a bright and talented youth player to add to their ranks and bolster their team for the season as they aim for successes across various competitions.
With the Highland League kicking off last weekend we will follow the duo's progress with interest, as they push for minutes on the pitch.