Defender Brad McKay is targeting a sustained run in Richie Foran’s side after being handed his Caley Thistle debut against Aberdeen on Saturday.
McKay joined Inverness on transfer deadline day after leaving Premiership rivals St Johnstone, where he had struggled for first-team football, playing only six games after signing from Hearts last summer.
The 23-year-old spent the latter half of last season on loan at Dunfermline, but after being thrown in from the start for the Highlanders’ 1-1 draw at Pittodrie at the weekend he is determined to stamp his mark in the top-flight.
McKay said: “For me, I need to play regular football, cement a place in a team and build on that. I can’t be one of those two in three games players – I need to be four, five six in a row building my fitness and match sharpness with every game.
“If you ask me to play centre forward, I’ll do that. If you ask me to play anywhere across the back four, I’ll do that.
“The manager here impressed me a lot. He’s a modern-day manager. He is obviously just retired from playing, has been in the dressing room and knows what the guys like and knows what they need in terms of time off and recovery if they are tired after games.
“It is exciting to be part of that with a new manager.”
McKay hopes to feature again when Caley Jags host champions Celtic on Sunday, with Brendan Rodgers’ side coming off the back of a 7-0 demolition by Barcelona in their opening Champions League group stage match on Tuesday.
The Hoops boast a 100% record in the league so far, however McKay is relishing the prospect of their visit to Caledonian Stadium, adding: “I don’t know if it gets much harder than Aberdeen and then Celtic after that.
“But what better way to start my career here than against arguably the two biggest teams in the league right now?
“I’m looking forward to getting going and, if the manager picks me, straight into the action against the best players in the country.
“I’m confident the boys will pick up. I’ve seen the quality in the dressing room and the way the manager and coaches work. It is exciting times.”