MOTM Irvine finds success in County defence switch

Fringe Socceroo Jackson Irvine says he’s happy to play in defence rather than midfield after turning in a man-of-the-match display to help Ross County claim their first win of the SPL season on Saturday.

Irvine, who is on loan at County from Celtic, reverted to centre back as the Staggies defeated Dundee 2-1 to claim a much-needed three points after seven straight losses.

The Scotsman newspaper described Irvine as man of the match: “immense in mopping up every ball thrown in at the County rearguard”.

The Australian has previously told FourFourTwo his preference is to establish himself in midfield, but he was content to help out a makeshift defence.

"I've played there about four or five times for Kilmarnock last year and there have been occasions during my Celtic youth career when I've filled in at centre-back,” Irvine told reporters.

"The manager came to me and told me that I was going to be playing centre back. It's one of those things, you've got to adapt and apply yourself."

Irvine, who has one Australia cap, is currently based in Inverness, the home of County’s Highlands neighbours and next opponents Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

"We are really looking forward to that,” Irvine said.

"Obviously everyone is on a massive high at the moment, it is our first win but it is only one win.

"We are not going to be complacent going into next week.

“We are going to work even harder and hopefully come away with another three points."