CALEY Thistle manager Terry Butcher believes Irish winger Aaron Doran can excite the Inverness support in the same way as compatriot Jonny Hayes.
Doran, 19, is expected to start against Morton in tomorrow’s fifth-round Scottish Cup tie as Hayes remains sidelined with an ankle injury.
The manager reckons Doran, who joined Caley Jags on loan from Blackburn Rovers until the end of the season, will thrive north of the border.
He said: “Aaron reminds me very much of Nigel Callaghan, who used to play for Watford – he was on one wing and John Barnes was on the other.
“Aaron and Jonny can cross the ball with either foot and they are both comfortable on the ball.
“I like the look of all three new signings, but Aaron will probably catch the eye as he is like Jonny, he has the same directness.
“I think it is great the way football is going now, it seems to be breeding a new generation of players who are comfortable on the ball and can take on people.
“You only have to look at Celtic, in particular, they have a lot of talented players such as Niall McGinn, James Forrest, Paddy McCourt and Shaun Maloney.
“There is more of an emphasis now on getting the ball out wide, taking on people and getting crosses in the box than there has been in the last 20 years.
“It makes it exciting for supporters, who love to see players taking on opponents, quickly, with pace, dexterity and trickery, as long as it is not overdone.”