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Michael Gardyne marks top appearances milestone

Ross County Football Club would like to congratulate Michael Gardyne who recently became our all-time record appearance holder.

Gardyne who is already the club's all-time top goalscorer reached another milestone in his Staggies career on Saturday, by making his 307th competitive appearance for the club.

A capable goal-scorer as well as creator, Michael began his career in the youth set-up at Celtic. He moved up from the youths in 2004 and into the reserves, but he failed to make the break into the top team, and had a loan spell with Ross County in 2006-07. He returned to Celtic, but at the end of the August transfer window in 2007 he joined Morton, a move which only lasted 6 months as he left in January to join Ross County.

He became a vital member of the team with the “Staggies” as they began their rise up through the Divisions. In January 2012 he signed a pre-contract deal with Dundee United and he eventually moved to the Tannadice club in the summer of 2012. He was a regular in the first team squad during his first season, but in August 2013 he went on loan to Kilmarnock, initially for 6 months but later extended to the end of the season. Despite a couple of spells out with injuries, he made 17 (+ 6 subs) appearances, scoring once, whilst at Rugby Park before returning to United at the end of the season.

On the last day of the transfer window on 1st September 2014, he agreed a 6 month loan deal to return for a third spell with Ross County, and this was extended until the end of the season.  In May 2015, he signed for Ross County on a permanent basis. 

On 13 March 2016, he scored the opening goal and his 61st goal for the club as Ross County won their first major silverware with a 2–1 victory over Hibs in the Scottish League Cup.