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Caley Thistle boss confident his side can better last season’s slow start

Caley Thistle manager Richie Foran
Caley Thistle manager Richie Foran

Caley Thistle manager Richie Foran remains confident his side can better last season’s slow start, despite a difficult upcoming schedule.

The Inverness side failed to win any of their opening six matches in the 2015-16 Scottish Premiership campaign before beating Hearts 2-0 at the Caledonian Stadium in September.

The Caley Jags are rooted to the bottom of the table having lost all three of their opening matches following Saturday’s 5-1 defeat by Hearts at Tynecastle.

That was the first of four matches in a row against last season’s top four with the visit of St Johnstone this Saturday followed by matches against Aberdeen and Celtic.

But Foran remains upbeat. He said: “Every game is tough. Last season we only took three points from our first six games.

“We still have another three games before those six games are up so we can still make it a better start than last season when we got our first win against Hearts in our seventh game.

“There is loads of football still to be played and we have to keep believing.

“I have a huge amount of belief in these boys. There is something not working at the moment but I know what it is.

“I have identified it. We have been patient in terms of signings but we need players to come in and help the side out and that will happen this week so I will look forward to Saturday.”

Foran says he hopes to bring as many as four new players to the club this week but one man who won’t be joining is former Hibernian and Falkirk attacker Farid El Alagui, who scored five goals in two friendlies against Clachnacuddin and Nairn County during a recent trial period.

Foran added: “We didn’t offer him a contract. We are looking for someone who can come straight in but he wasn’t there in terms of his sharpness.

“I personally thought he was three to four weeks away but wherever he goes he will do a really good job.

“It won’t be at Inverness but he is a great guy. I would have loved to have got him in his prime.”

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