Elbouzedi leaves Caley Jags prior to transfer deadline

Zak Elbouzedi has left Caley Thistle.
Zak Elbouzedi has left Caley Thistle.

Caley Thistle did not add to their squad before last night’s transfer deadline, however they will make the trip to Dunfermline in the Championship today without Irish winger Zak Elbouzedi who has left the club.

Elbouzedi, who joined Inverness last summer after leaving English club West Bromwich Albion, had his contract cancelled shortly before the summer window closed.

The 20-year-old suffered a long-term knee injury shortly after joining Caley Jags on a two-year deal, before spending a month on loan with League 2 club Elgin City in a bid to regain fitness in January.

Irish under-19 international Elbouzedi has struggled to break into Caley Jags’ first team since his return however, making just five substitute appearances.

Ahead of today’s trip to East End Park, Robertson is not being deceived by the league position occupied by today’s opponents.

Since winning their opening match against Dundee United, the Pars have lost their last two games against Ross County and Ayr United and sit eighth ahead of today’s East End Park encounter.

At such an early stage of the campaign Robertson feels there is still far more to come from Allan Johnston’s men, who strengthened their squad before last night’s transfer deadline with the addition of MK Dons forward Robbie Muirhead and the loan capture of Malaury Martin and Aidan Keena from Hearts.

Robertson said: “Dunfermline won all four League Cup group games including a victory at Dundee. They’ve obviously lost to Hearts in the League Cup and then lost to Ross County in the league.

“Then they suffered the defeat to Ayr who are flying at the moment. I don’t think it is as bad a start as people are making out. In terms of points, Allan Johnston will be frustrated because his team are far better than that.

“It wasn’t a ground where we did particularly well last year and that’s something we want to put right.

“We can put it right by going down there and winning at the weekend with a positive performance.”