Published: 31/08/2017 11:30 - Updated: 30/08/2017 10:12

Caley Jags manager John Robertson will stay in hunt after transfer window closes

Written byPaul Chalk

 

ICT manager John Robertson.
ICT manager John Robertson.
JOHN Robertson is open to snapping up players after tonight’s summer transfer window shuts.

 

The Caley Jags boss, who replaced Richie Foran in June after the club’s plunge out of the Premiership back to the Championship, has been carrying out a major rebuild job.

Losing midfielder Ross Draper to Ross County was a blow, but that came after he signed John Baird, Mark Ridgers, Joe Chalmers, Matty Elsdon, George Oakley, Riccardo Calder, Collin Seedorf, Zak Elbouzedi, Felitciano Zschussen, Connor Bell, Alex Cooper, Charlie Trafford.

He is also releasing defender David Raven and goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams as they seek new clubs.

Robbo revealed that targets in England are now available to go for again now English clubs are firmly underway for the season, which wasn’t the case when he targeted the players six or seven weeks ago, but he said: "Sometimes you find players are available after the window closes and maybe their contracts are cancelled or there are free agents out there. There will still be players around. If we bring anyone in, they have to be of the same standard of what we have here if not better."

Meanwhile, an Iain Vigurs double, and goals from Alex Cooper and Brad Mckay earned Caley Thistle a 4-0 win at Brechin City last weekend, their first of the Championship season to take them off the foot of the table and into seventh spot after their first four games.

Robertson felt a victory like that was on the cards.

He said: "The result was a reward for the hard work the players have been putting in. They have been training well and working hard and we didn’t get what we deserved from our first half performance the week before (in the 1-1 draw) against Morton. We could have been on easy street. The fact we hadn’t won a league game was preying on the back of some people’s minds.

"We kept telling the players it would come good in the games and it did last Saturday. We expected a tough game and we had to be patient to break Brechin down and get the goals. We got the first two goals at the right times (27 and 32 minutes) and after the third goal you could see our players relax and really turn it on.

"In the end, we could have scored a lot more goals, but had someone said a 4-0 win before the game then we’d have bitten your hand off for it. It was nice to settle everyone down and it gives us good thoughts for going back there this Saturday to face Aberdeen 20s in the IRN-BRU Cup."

Inverness CT return to league action a week on Saturday when they travel to a St Mirren side who battered morning leaders Dundee United 3-0 on Saturday.

The Caley Jags boss says they are nowhere close to being in a position to weigh up their title or promotion play-off chances.

He explained: "The win doesn’t change too much per se other than it moves you up the table. It’s like a horse race where you are vying for positions over the first two rounds of games, home and away. We’ve got six of our first 10 games away from home, which is a tough ask, but we will hang in there.

"We will then, of course, get the reverse which would give us a chance to catch up if need be. We will take stock after 18 matches and see where we are. We won’t get too high when we win or too low when we lose. There will be many twists and turns all the way through this league."

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