JIM McINTYRE has targeted a top-six Ladbrokes Premiership spot and a place in Europe after helping Ross County claim the first major trophy in their 87 year history.

McIntyre masterminded County’s thrilling 2-1 triumph over Hibernian in the League Cup final at Hampden on Sunday afternoon. But the former Dunfermline and Queen of the South manager has revealed he is determined to savour more success with the Dingwall club.

He has put their trophy celebrations on hold until after the league games against St Johnstone away in Perth tomorrow and Inverness Caledonian Thistle at home on Saturday.

“I definitely think we can target trying to finish in a European place,” said McIntrye. “That would, for me, be the ultimate goal. But you have to walk before you run. And we have to build. That, for me, in the biggest thing – to build.

“It would be brilliant to get into Europe with Ross County and very, very difficult. But it’s certainly not impossible.

“You have to have aspirations. Saying at a start of the season ‘I would be quite content to stay in the league’ . . . ‘Well, no, I wouldn’t.

“That’s not what I want. I want to put it out there I want us to be a top-six side – and if I don’t make it then I have failed.

“Now we have a long way to go before we can say we’re top six. If we don’t get the points over the next four games to do that then I’ll be disappointed.”

Meanwhile, McIntrye has expressed hope that winning the League Cup will enable County to attract better players to Dingwall in the future.

“There’s no doubt it can be hard to get players north,” he said. “We found it that way at the start but then winning the League Cup might make it easier in the future.

“When players come and see the facilities then their minds are changed. Andrew Davies came in and said the facilities blew his mind – they are much better than he had in England’s League One."