Ross Laidlaw focusing on first extended cup run with Ross County as first recreation of season approaches
The Staggies begin aggressive motion on Saturday after they make the journey to Highland League runners-up Buckie Thistle of their first Group C fixture on Saturday.
County will then face Dunfermline, Alloa Athletic and East Fife in a bid to achieve the last-16.
Ross Laidlaw is focusing on what he feels is an overdue run with Ross County within the Premier Sports activities Cup this season.
The Dingwall outfit have been denied the chance to qualify from the group stage within the early days of Malky Mackay’s reign final season.
A Covid outbreak compelled them to forfeit their first two matches, towards Forfar Athletic and Dundee, ruling them out of rivalry.
Goalkeeper Laidlaw has but to expertise a protracted cup run since becoming a member of the Staggies in 2019.
A memorable 2-0 victory over Celtic at Parkhead in November 2020 took them to the final eight of the League Cup, however they have been defeated by Livingston the next month.
Laidlaw – who will compete with new signing Jake Eastwood for the primary jersey this time period – is keen to place that proper on this yr’s competitors.
He mentioned: “We by no means acquired marketing campaign final yr due to Covid. We have been knocked out earlier than we had even began.
“One of many challenges the supervisor has set us this yr is to see if we are able to get cup run.
“Since I’ve been on the membership that we haven’t actually had a cup run which has been a disappointment.
“We beat Celtic two years in the past, however we have now not likely had the run at making an attempt to get to Hampden.
“That’s acquired to be the problem for us. We all know it’s going to be troublesome, and we have to get by way of the group levels first.
“It might be good to get a wee run within the cup this yr, however the bread and butter goes to be the league.”