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Caley Jags ready for Highland League scouting mission

John Robertson takes charge of his 100th Inverness game at Livingston.
John Robertson takes charge of his 100th Inverness game at Livingston.

Caley Thistle manager John Robertson will search the Highland League in an attempt to strengthen his club’s Championship title hopes.

The 52-year-old has already signed Falkirk forward John Baird and is close to finalising a deal for former Partick Thistle goalkeeper Mark Ridgers.

Inverness have taken former Fort William attacker Scott Davidson on trial, while Cove Rangers midfielder Blair Yule turned down the chance of a full-time contract to join League 1 side Arbroath.

And Robertson will constantly monitor the talent emerging from the Highland League in his efforts to strengthen.

Inverness will start their Championship campaign with a home match against Dundee United on August 5, and Robertson said: “We will be looking at that market. We tried hard to get Blair Yule but the circumstances are he decided there was another route he wanted to take at this point in his career.

“He is an outstanding player in the Highland League. There are other outstanding players in the Highland League who we will be trying to target.

“We will look at that, see the squad we have got right now, see what is available there and if any of the players from the Highland League are good enough then we will be looking at them.

“I have made enquiries with a couple of players from League 1 and League 2 however they are under contract and the money the clubs are asking for are is a bit too rich, it’s quite scary.

“If they are under contract and doing well we expect them to command a fee as we would for the good players in our squad.”

Robertson has been impressed by the application of 22-year-old Davidson, who scored 30 goals for a Fort side which finished 17th in the Highland League last term.

Robertson added: “We are talking to Scott about the possibilities. He has come in with a tremendous attitude.

“He wanted to come and do pre-season training with us and he is one that we have high hopes for.

“The first thing we will get him doing is going from part-time training to full-time training. Then he goes into the mix.

“He is a big lad and has already shown he has tremendous fitness. He is quick and big. We have got to find players that have different qualities and different attributes. First and foremost I’ve got to compliment him. His attitude in training was tremendous.

“He wants the opportunity and he has got a desire to try to win a contract.

“As a manger that is all I can ask for, somebody to come in and show the commitment, desire and passion to want to be here.”

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