Malky Mackay issues SPFL warning as Ross County swaps Spain for Edinburgh
“When we come back, until the split, there is no free midweek,” he said.
“It will test everyone again and then you throw this new strain of Covid into the situation and it will be an interesting time for everyone.
“We’re probably in even more uncharted territory in terms of disease and it looks like we’re back in empty stages again, which is a big blow.”
The 500 crowd cap will be revised in mid-January, but many fear the restrictions will remain in place beyond that.
After moving forward with winter break in hopes of waiting for the worst limitations, clubs will still have a busy window as they try to reorganize their teams to cope with the busy schedule and the likelihood that more cases of covid temporarily decimate teams.
“Yes, we have five of our youngsters on loan from the Highland League at the moment,” Mackay explained. But, we will bring them back.
“There might be one or two members of the fringe team who might be keen to continue their careers and move on, so we could see if we can strengthen a few positions. We will need it.
Dingwall’s side have moved away from the relegation zone in recent weeks and while they are just four points from fourth place, they are also just two points from eighth place.
Looking to get started, they had planned to enjoy a warm-weather training camp in Spain, but after the fixture schedule was changed and travel hopes dashed, the Highlands squad will instead be relocating to Edinburgh for light training and team bonds.
“We’re going to give them a few days to have fun in Edinburgh,” Mackay explained.
“There will still be ten days until our next game, so we’ll be back on the road and do our serious work at Inverness.
“I hope by then the grounds have thawed and the snow is gone.”