John Hughes believes ex-Latic Mohamed Maouche can provide the spark which ignites Ross County’s survival bid in the Scottish Premiership.

The Staggies boss has handed the former Oldham midfielder a deal to the end of the season.

The 27-year-old Frenchman started out his career with French side St Etienne before moving to Servette in Switzerland. He joined the Latics in 2017 and spent three years at Boundary Park, making 75 appearances for the club before leaving in the summer.

Hughes said: “Mohamed is a player that will feel he has a bit of a point to prove and we believe he can add to the group.

“He has that bit of flare about him that can spark special moments in games and we have to make sure that is what he does here and does it consistently.

“If you look at some of the performances Mohamed put in for Oldham over his time there it shows that he can play and what he will bring to Ross County.

“The important part for us is we need to see his best play every time he steps on to the pitch and I am sure he will want to make sure of that too.”

Maouche will have to complete a period of self-isolation before joining the Staggies squad, ruling him out of Sunday’s trip to Livingston.