Published: 19/05/2007 00:00 - Updated: 29/11/2011 17:12

Charlie signs starlets

New faces for a new season - from left: Garry Wood, Ally MacDonald, boss Charlie Christie and Iain Vigurs.
New faces for a new season - from left: Garry Wood, Ally MacDonald, boss Charlie Christie and Iain Vigurs.

WHILE events over the Kessock Bridge see an 'old head' take charge at Ross County, Caley Thistle yesterday (Wed) unveiled three young-stars ready to grab the limelight. Photocalls took place within the same hour at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium and at Victoria Park in Dingwall, both very different indeed. Experienced boss Dick Campbell was confirmed as the man County hope will lead them back up to the first division next season, while 45 minutes earlier these 18-year-olds were given their first glimpse of the limelight that will be on them as full-time professional players. Caley Thistle boss Charlie Christie was delighted to announce that defender Ally MacDonald, midfielder Iain Vigurs and forward Garry Wood will be part of the first-team squad next season. The trio are all north lads, with MacDonald coming from Balintore and Vigurs and Wood from Aberdeen. Christie says that the reason these three players won 12-month contracts is because the fit into the style that suits his first-team. He said: "This is a real opportunity for them and I hope that they can make that progress. Training alone can get them up to a level that they have never been at before. I am looking at an avenue of putting them out on loan and I have had enquiries from a few clubs about this. It's all there for them, if they can follow their potential through. "The biggest challenge for them is how they handle getting into the first-team changing room, handling the pace of training and mixing with the seasoned professionals. I will ask them to be strong enough to handle that and not be a shrinking violet. If they do that, they have a chance." The ICT boss told the HN what each player can bring to the club. He revealed: "Garry has been a centre forward who has done terrifically well since he came here. "He played for Elgin's first-team as a 16 year-old and that shows what real qualities he has. He did very well for the 19s, but he also went through a spell for the reserves where he couldn't stop scoring, which was a big plus. "He's got a good touch of the ball for a young lad. Although there are aspects of his game the he needs to work on to improve, he does have real potential. "Iain Vigurs is centre or left-sided midfielder and I will tell you this, unreservedly, he is a top notch football player. He has a real chance is the game and his recent selection in the under-19s shows how highly the national coaches also think of him. He came off the bench against Austria and that shows how the national coaches rate him. "Ally has come into the club and he hails from Balintore. He's played left-back for the 19s and the reserves. He is very comfortable with the ball, as all three players are, and he is another with potential." sports@highland-news.co.uk

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