ICT keeper Mark Ridgers says Caley Jags must embrace busy run-in to make Premiership play-offs

Caley Thistle goalkeeper Mark Ridgers.

Mark Ridgers insists Caley Thistle are ready for a hectic run-in that will see them play 13 games in just seven weeks.

Yesterday’s postponement of the Dunfermline game follows fixtures against Brechin City and Dumbarton which have also been shelved in the last fortnight.

Inverness will now face the Pars on Tuesday, March 13 while they will take on Brechin and Dumbarton on Tuesday, April 3 and Tuesday, April 17 respectively.

If Inverness were to make an unlikely appearance in the play-offs, they could face a further six games in May, having only played twice since January.

The Caley Jags face that punishing schedule with a small squad.

Six players have departed since January with only Nathan Austin – sidelined with his second hamstring injury since joining – through the arrivals door.

Ridgers has faith the squad can cope with those rigours and if Inverness can build up a winning run, they will limit the physical effects of a Saturday-Tuesday fixture schedule.

Ridgers said: “Playing Saturday-Tuesday means we’re going to be pretty busy but so are other teams.

“Dundee United are in a similar position to us. If we can get a run together like we did in November and December, we can give ourselves a shot at making the play-offs.

“I think we’ve got a squad of 17 first-team players, including three goalkeepers, and we’ll have to use the whole squad.

“But I’m confident and the manager is confident enough that everyone can come in and do a job.

“It feels like ages since we last played because we want to put the Morton result right.

“We’ve got more than enough games left to build momentum and when you’re winning, you just want to get on to the next game.”

Dunfermline’s home ground was under two feet of snow after the Beast from the East struck Scotland in the middle of last week.

Burst pipes also flooded the home dressing room and drifting snow seeped into the main office and function suites.

This Saturday’s opponents Livingston have also been hit by the snow and asked for volunteers to help clear the Tony Macaroni Arena pitch at the weekend.

While there is frustration at Caley Thistle’s recent inaction, goalkeeper Ridgers understands the SPFL have had little choice in shelving two rounds of fixtures.

He added: “You can’t help the elements, which have stopped nearly every game in Scotland over the last week.

“You have to think of safety first, for the supporters, for ourselves travelling or for teams coming to us.

“That’s the priority and as much as there’s frustration at not playing, you’re better safe than sorry.”