JOHN Robertson has hailed Caley Thistle hot-shot Connor Bell for never giving up in his quest for goals.
The Inverness CT manager was thrilled to see the 21-year-old net the only goal of their Irn-Bru Cup tie against Falkirk at the weekend, which earned them a crack at Northern Ireland’s Premiership side Crusaders, who knocked out Dundee United 2-1.
Young gun Bell, who hails from County Durham, is having perhaps his best spell of his short, but well travelled career and his five goals have been vital in shooting ICT to seven successive games without a loss.
The eager forward has certainly grasped the opportunity handed to him by Robertson.
It has been a long road to the Highlands for the former Sunderland youth academy player who, after being on a scholarship with Rotherham, joined Wrexham.
A fruitful loan spell at Rhyl in the Welsh Premier League saw him score nine times in 26 outings, but that didn’t impress Wrexham enough and he joined Servette in Switzerland where he played for their under-21s.
After that, Caley Jags invited him to Inverness in the summer and Robertson took an instant liking to the lad and is delighted to get him on board and in his team.
"Chances are certainly falling to Connor and he took his against Falkirk, earning us the win," he said.
"He’s kept going because he was unlucky not to score in our recent 0-0 draws at Livingston and Falkirk, but he’s doing well. He arrived here having not had a pre-season, but we liked what we saw and he’s a lovely lad.
"He provides vital competition up front.
"We’re in a situation where having players like Connor or Jake Mulraney or John Baird up front means we are always likely to nick a goal, while we’re working hard to ensure we don’t concede at the back."
, while we’re working hard to ensure we don’t concede at the back."
*** See Friday's Inverness Courier for the full interview with Inverness Caley Thistle manager John Robertson.