Ruaidhrí Higgins could inspire a new generation of young Derry City players according to former team-mate Mark Rossiter.

Higgins was appointed as the new manager of the Candystripes after leaving Stephen Kenny's backroom team with the Republic of Ireland.

They also worked together at Dundalk, with Higgins in charge of opposition analysis.

Rossiter played with Higgins at the Lilywhites and Bohemians and believes the 36-year-old could inspire his home club.

He said: "Anyone who has shared a dressing-room with Ruaidhri Higgins or Stephen O'Donnell knows they are football fanatics. Their attention to detail is second to none.

"Higgins, with the job he was doing for Dundalk under Stephen Kenny scouting the opposition, he had to be quite meticulous in all his information.

"Stephen would challenge you on that. When he went to the national team, it would have been heightened even more. Ruaidhri is going to do everything for these players and leave no stone unturned.

"He will give them every bit of information to help them develop and play the way he wants to. From Ruaidhri's point of view, he'll want to take them back to those great Derry teams like 2008, challenging for titles, playing in Cup finals and being in Europe.

"If it happens the Derry fans will be out in their thousands to get behind them. For the league, it would be great to see Derry coming back and making it a more competitive league."

Karl Sheppard believes goal-shy Derry, who relied on a penalty by Will Patching for their first win under their new boss last Saturday against Sligo Rovers, could soon turn around their season.

He sees newly appointed coach Raffaele Cretaro as someone who could change their previous woes in front of goal.

"Derry have an abundance of young players and a lot of quality. If you look at the front line, they've got David Parkhouse who has lit up the league before. All he is missing now is a bit of confidence. His all-around game is brilliant. He works his socks off and brings people into play.

"Will Patching plays in behind him and they look like they struck up a partnership. If he can get David Parkhouse firing, he has a striker who can still score 10-15 goals this year.

"Add in Jack Malone, Brendan Barr, who has done really well. Will Fitzgerald is another good attacking player.

"Raff Cretaro knows the league and how to score goals so him working with David Parkhouse could prove to be a bit of genius."

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