Caley Thistle manager John Robertson has warned some of his senior players he could turn towards youth in a bid to return to winning ways.
Inverness have squandered opportunities to defeat 10-man opposition in their last two home league matches against Ayr United and Alloa Athletic, and have also missed a penalty on both occasions.
Robertson has grown frustrated by his side’s inability to kill games off, leaving the Caley Jags boss to consider the possibility of freshening up his side.
Robertson, who has previously stated he views teenage attacker Daniel MacKay as an impact substitute, has hinted he could hand young players an opportunity to impress in the coming weeks.
Caley Jags make the trip to Dunfermline on Saturday, and Robertson said: “We’re looking around and have tried every combination. The players have to come up with something at some stage because it is getting to the stage where we are thinking ‘are we being too loyal to players?’
“Am I going to have to look to the young lads who have a bit of hunger and fire, and adrenaline? A lot of the players are senior players and they’re not giving us what we want or showing what they’re capable of.
“They don’t look like they have that drive and energy to go and win us the matches. Some of our football against Alloa was terrific, but then obviously their goal set us back a wee bit.
“The annoying thing is you will get setbacks in this league, teams will score against you. It’s the ability to keep doing the right things, and with 20 minutes to go on Saturday we became three separate units between defence, midfield and forward. That’s where we are looking for a bit of cohesion.”
Although Caley Jags remain undefeated in the league so far, Robertson feels his side has lacked a ruthless edge so far, adding: “We could have beaten Falkirk by three, Ayr by three and we could have won against Alloa by five or six and didn’t.
“The keeper had three or four good saves, we missed opportunities and cut-backs.
“It kills you when you go to the opposition manager and he says we should have battered them. I’m fed up hearing that.”