Adams optimistic over Victoria Park

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Manager Derek Adams is optimistic newly-promoted Ross County will be playing Clydesdale Bank Premier League football at their Victoria Park home in Dingwall next season.

Nearest rivals Dundee were held to a 1-1 draw by Queen of the South on Tuesday, leaving them 14 points behind Irn-Bru First Division leaders County with four games left and seeing Adams's side promoted ahead of Wednesday's clash with Ayr United at Somerset Park.

County have permission to ground share with Inverness at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium but are aiming to instead upgrade Victoria Park ahead of the 2012/13 SPL season, and Adams said: "The diggers are already in."

He told BBC Radio Five Live. "They've started work and we hope to have the stadium SPL compliant before the start of the season.

"I'm sure we will and I'm sure we'll be playing our first game at Victoria Park in the SPL."

The former Highland League side, who were admitted to the Scottish Football League in 1994, will make their SPL debut next season but have already made their mark at the highest level by reaching the 2010 Scottish Cup final, where they lost to Dundee United.

"It's a truly marvellous journey that this football club is on," added Adams.

Surviving in the SPL will be the priority for County, who hope to welcome SPL champions Celtic and Rangers to Dingwall next term.

"It's always difficult when you move up a division," said Adams. "The SPL's a very difficult league. We're looking forward to playing against these teams (Celtic and Rangers).

"We're also looking forward to a Highland derby. Two years ago we had it in the First Division, now we'll have it again."

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