Irish Premiership: Cliftonville striker Ronan Hale seals Ross County switch

Cliftonville striker Ronan Hale has joined Scottish Premiership side Ross County on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The 25-year-old forward scored 51 goals for the Reds during his two seasons with the club.

Two of those goals came in the Irish Cup final victory against Linfield as Cliftonville ended their 45-year wait to lift the trophy in May.

The Republic of Ireland under-21 international previously had spells at spells at Birmingham City, Derry City, Crusaders, St Patrick’s Athletic and Larne.

Ross County finished 10th in the Scottish Premiership last season and manager Dan Cowie told the club’s website that he was “delighted” to secure Hale’s signature.

“He has an exceptional goalscoring record and had multiple clubs interested in him,” Cowie continued.

“We are delighted that he has chosen to join Ross County and look forward to his time in the Highlands.”

Cliftonville have now lost three forwards this summer with fellow Irish Cup final hero Sam Ashford as well as Ben Wilson, who has joined Airdrieonians, also departing.

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