JOHN Robertson hailed his Caley Thistle young guns and they gave him a glimpse of a potential bright future.
The Inverness CT manager knows that a change in the boardroom with Willie Finlayson stepping down this week to be replaced by Graham Rae means there is plenty of discussion to be had about the direction the Championship club goes.
With former chairmen Alan Savage and Dougie McGilvray also snapping up the gifted 573,950 ICT shares from Highland Hospice this week, there could be more major developments in the background.
However, Robertson, whose side have lost their opening league games against Dundee United (1-0) and Dunfermline Athletic (5-1), was delighted to see many of the younger lads hold their own in the company of seniors in Tuesday's 3-0 bounce game win at Highland League hosts Nairn County.
After a well matched first half, striker Felitciano Zschusschen opened the scoring with a close range finish and an unfortunate own goal from Cohen Ramsay and a cracking swerver by young Dan MacKay from 20 yards sealed the friendly victory.
Robertson said: "We have had a lot of niggly injuries. Guys have missed out and with the Betfred Cup starting quickly it is difficult to get players in and give them the match time they need.
"Nairn were excellent in the first half, they gave us a really tough test. At Strathspey last week, it was slightly easier in that we had a lot of possession, but on Tuesday we were tested on a good surface by a good team.
"For the likes of Felitciano Zschusschen, Connor Bell, Jake Mulraney and David Raven, this was good match practice at a good pace. It was the same for Ryan Esson, who had to be sharp and make saves.
"You are then including younger lads, who you want to see progressing. Liam MacDonald has been on the periphery of the first-team and he was involved. We also played Kieran Chalmers, who has been playing with Forres and doing well. We wanted to see them in action.
"At the back, the highlight on Tuesday was young Cameron Harper - he is only 15 and the kid has got everything you want in terms of his natural body position and the way he plays. You look at how he plays and you think what a future he could have if we can keep developing him. He could be a star of the future."
He added: "After the senior players have done their shift, young Ali Stark came on and did well at right-back and Logan Johnston got a run out in an unfamiliar position.
"Young Dan MacKay came on and scored a wonder goal. He'd been on holiday and we saw him at Strathspey for the first time and we liked the look of him and we wanted to get him in again. This is where you find where the lads are. Aidan Wilson, whose playing at Wick, came on and looked lively and Jack Brown came on too.
"I looked at the senior pros and they showed what a good bunch they are. They helped the young lads on Tuesday at Nairn. You get a lift from it. You saw that when Dan MacKay scored, Felitciano was right across to congratulate him. He knew how special that was for the young lad."