McCunnie keen to leave Ross County for top flight

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Jamie McCunnie has set his sights firmly on a return to the Scottish Premier League in an attempt to push his international ambitions on.

Jamie McCunnie has set his sights firmly on a return to the Scottish Premier League in an attempt to push his international ambitions on.

The former Dundee United defender is the captain of the Scotland Under-21 side but at 22 knows that it is his last campaign at that level. McCunnie, who featured in Tuesday night's 2-1 "B" international defeat in Austria, is keen to maintain a profile high enough to remain in the national set-up - and that means leaving Ross County in the summer.

The defender, who moved to the Bell's First Division side two years ago, said: "I will be leaving at the end of the season so I will just have to wait and see what happens in the summer. My contract is up and I will be moving on.

"I have enjoyed my time there but for the sake of my career I have got to move up the league. If I am to make the next step then I have to be playing in the SPL or in a decent division down in England.

"I have to be playing where there is a better standard of football and do well there as players from the First Division don't get picked at international level."

The former Dundee United stalwart Paul Sturrock will make an emotional return to the city when his Sheffield Wednesday side take part in the inaugural City of Discovery Cup tournament in the summer.

The competition is being jointly hosted by Dundee and Dundee United and will also feature Wolves. The cup will be held on the weekend of 23 and 24 July at Dens Park and Tannadice in a knock-out format with two semi-finals on the Saturday and a final and third-place play off taking place on the Sunday.

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