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Caley Thistle boss John Robertson pledges to attack from the start in tonight’s Scottish Cup replay against Dundee

Caley Thistle manager John Robertson.
Caley Thistle manager John Robertson.

Caley Thistle manager John Robertson has vowed to go on the offensive when the Highlanders face Premiership side Dundee in their Scottish Cup fourth-round replay in Inverness tonight.

Caley Jags earned another crack at the Dark Blues after George Oakley salvaged a late 2-2 draw in the first tie at Dens Park 10 days ago.

With home advantage this time, Robertson says his players will be out to attack their top-flight opponents from the off as they aim to set up another home tie against Motherwell in the last-16.

The Caley Thistle manager said: “We are preparing the same as we did for the last game.

“It was hugely entertaining, end-to-end. Both teams went for the jugular, looking to win the match. There were lots of counterattacks from both sides.

“I think it will be the same again.

“We are certainly not going to sit back, we need to have a go.

“Our best way of playing is going forward – the way we pass and move and get through teams. Dundee are exactly the same.

“They showed on Saturday against Hamilton what they’re all about.

“They were 1-0 down with 15 minutes to go against Accies and they kept fighting until the 97th minute to get a winner.

“We want to win the game, they want to win the game and for the fans that turn up I’m sure it will be a highly entertaining match.”

Inverness fell to a 3-1 defeat at Falkirk on Saturday, in a result which keeps them three points adrift of the Championship promotion play-off positions.

Robertson has Iain Vigurs, Liam Polworth and Aaron Doran back in contention for the cup replay but says he will not hesitate to give youth a chance.

It was 16-year-olds Jack Brown and Daniel MacKay who combined at Falkirk for the latter to score the Highlanders’ late consolation goal.

Robertson added: “We’ve got Iain and Liam back from suspension, while Aaron will come back into the thinking as well for the Dundee game.

“Everybody is available apart from Nathan Austin and Carl Tremarco.

“Those two are still struggling with hamstring injuries, but hopefully they will join us soon.

“As we showed on Saturday, we are not afraid to throw the kids in.

“Those lads will be involved again and if required we will have no fears about using them.”

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