Ross County V Aberdeen at Victoria Park : Match Preview

11 August 2017
Jim McIntyre wants Ross County to make life uncomfortable for Aberdeen

Jim McIntyre wants Ross County to take Aberdeen out of their comfort zone when they meet on Saturday.

The Dons have opened the domestic campaign with back-to-back wins over Hamilton.

But McIntyre wants his team to bounce back from their Betfred Cup exit at the hands of Motherwell on Wednesday night by giving Derek McInnes as uncomfortable afternoon as they can muster.

He said: "We've generally bounced back well from setbacks during my time here. When we have a poor result, we always respond well.

"We will need a top performance this time though. Aberdeen have started the season very strongly, as you'd expect.

"I think Derek has recruited well but equally we have had some good performances and results here in the past couple of seasons so we know we're more than capable of winning."

County will give their latest recruit Ross Draper a run-out.

The big Englishman has been lured across the Kessock Bridge from Highland rivals Inverness for an undisclosed fee and his new boss is excited by his arrival.

"Ross gives something different," said McIntyre. "He has very good physicality and is a better footballer than many people think.

"He's also a major goal threat. With the way we play, we like to get crosses into the box and we feel he can be a real asset for us."

Tim Chow will sit out the clash having lasted just 13 minutes of Wednesday night's Betfred Cup defeat to Motherwell after suffering a head wound.

Billy McKay is not expected to feature as he builds up his fitness following groin surgery.

Meanwhile, Stevie May has confessed Aberdeen might have lost out on his signature had Derek McInnes not still been Pittodrie boss.

The former St Johnstone frontman has returned to Scotland after three years south of the border and signed a four-year contract at Pittiodrie.

He has been top of McInnes' shopping list all summer and the Reds boss finally got his man late on Thursday night after handing Preston an undisclosed fee.

But May admits that McInnes - who came close to quitting Dons back in June only to turn down Sunderland - was the key reason behind his decision to make the switch back to his homeland after frustrating stints at Sheffield Wednesday and North End.

The 24-year-old Scotland international - who was given his Saints debut by McInnes at the age of 16 - said: "Derek was a big part in my decision.

"There's no two ways about it. If he had left, I probably wouldn't be here.

"The same could be said for a lot of the signings he's made this summer.

"I've played with six or seven of the guys here with Scotland Under-21s and I know the quality he has brought in.

"For me that speaks volumes about him as a manager. I don't think you'd be bringing in that volume if he wasn't the manager."

May found himself the hottest prospect in Scottish football back in the summer of 2014 as he ended the season with 27 goals to his name and a Scottish Cup winners' medal in his pocket after helping Saints land their first ever major trophy.

He was tipped as a potential Scotland star after landing an B#800,000 move to Hillsborough.

But things did not work out as he planned at Wednesday and he was moved on to Deepdale just over a year later.

Things did not get much better for the Perth-born poacher as a serious knee injury ruled him out for 15 months.

But now that he is back to full fitness, May is determined to prove wrong the doubters down south who branded him a flop - and has begged McInnes to let him loose on Ross County in Dingwall on Saturday.

"It's harsh down there," said May, whose arrival prompted Miles Storey's move to Partick Thistle. "If you're in one game and don't score, then you could be out for three or four games.

"At Wednesday I scored seven goals in 30-odd starts, which for the first season I thought was okay. The amount of times I hit the post, I could have had double figures and then you could have called it a successful season.

"Then at Preston I was just getting started when I had the injury.

"So it could have gone smoother but I think it's benefited me. Not just as a footballer but as a person. It's made me stronger and more focused than I was before.

"I've been playing and training for seven months since the injury and all that's behind me now. I'm looking forward.

"I would love to start or be involved against Ross County. That's the plan for me, to start enjoying my football again."