Caley Jags off to winning start in Betfred Cup

Gary Warren was sent off for Inverness

John Robertson’s second spell in charge at Caley Thistle is off to a winning start after he watched his side cruise to victory against Brechin City at Caledonian Stadium.

Robertson’s much-changed side had too much for their part-time opponents as they got their Betfred Cup campaign off to a strong start in the Highlands.

Mark Ridgers, George Oakley, Ricardo Calder, Collin Seedorf and John Baird all made their competitive debut for Inverness against their Championship opponents.

Former Caley Jags defender Darren Dods, now manager Brechin, named himself as one of only four substitutes on the City bench.

Brechin started brightly against a sluggish Inverness but it was the home side which opened the scoring in the 20th minute through captain Gary Warren, the defender heading Liam Polworth’s corner into the net from inside the six yard box.

Warren doubled his side’s lead shortly after the hour mark when he stuck out a leg to deflect Polworth’s low free kick, which was going wide, past Brechin goalkeeper Graeme Smith.

It was one-way traffic towards the Brechin goal thereafter and the home side deservedly added a third before the hour mark when Oakley headed Iain Vigurs’ corner home.

Such was the home side’s dominance, Caley Jags goalkeeper Mark Ridgers was a spectator in the second half, but the Inverness support had to settle for a three-goal win.

Inverness are in action again on Tuesday when they travel to Stirling Albion for their second game of the group.