Last season saw Highland club Ross County competing in top tier Scottish football for the first time in their 80+ year history. The season was an anomaly as Rangers FC had been booted down to the Scottish Football League Third Division after a series of administrative issues, thus opening the door for the promotion of two First Division clubs. The second, Dundee FC, didn’t fare too well and like Dunfermline FC of the 2011/12 season, Hamilton Academical FC of the 2010/11 season and many other newly promoted clubs, Dundee was sent back to the First Division after one season back in the SPL. The same was not so for Ross County, who ended the season in the fifth spot on the table, just one point behind their Highland rivals, Inverness CT. Their crest for their first season in the SPL wasn’t awful, but I thought I could update it very slightly:
As you can see, I tried two variations. The first is very similar to the current crest, with the typeface changed, the stag’s head enlarged to occupy more of the space on the bottom portion of the crest and the ‘COUNTY’ wave being less dramatic (with an aim of making it less cartoony). The blue has also been darkened to fit more in line with the traditional colours of the Ross and Cromarty coat of arms (and to differentiate Ross County from Inverness CT and Rangers).
I made a second, slightly more divergent rebranded crest, dropping the ‘COUNTY’ wave, employing a border and making use of the more traditional gold of the Ross and Cromarty coat of arms: