Robertson remains on hunt for wide player

14/05/19 LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP PLAY-OFF SEMI FINAL 1ST LEG
INVERNESS CALEDONIAN THISTLE v DUNDEE UNITED
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Inverness manager John Robertson watches on from the sidelines.
14/05/19 LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP PLAY-OFF SEMI FINAL 1ST LEG INVERNESS CALEDONIAN THISTLE v DUNDEE UNITED TULLOCH CALEDONIAN STADIUM - INVERNESS Inverness manager John Robertson watches on from the sidelines.

Caley Thistle manager John Robertson says he is still in the market for a wide player ahead of the new season.

Robertson has made four signings so far this summer, adding attackers James Keatings and Nikolay Todorov and midfielders David Carson and James Vincent.

Although the Caley Jags boss will give a number of young players the opportunity to stake their claim for first team action during the pre-season campaign, Robertson feels wingers Aaron Doran and Tom Walsh require added competition following the departure of Darren McCauley to Derry City earlier this summer.

Robertson said: “We still feel we need one more.

“We are looking at competition in all places. We are pretty much set with goalkeepers and defenders, and the same as midfield and strikers.

“We will probably need a bit more experience than what we’ve got for one of the wider areas to keep those lads on their toes.

“Ahead of that we have said we want Roddy MacGregor, Cameron Harper, Matheus Machado and once he’s fit, Daniel MacKay, to show us what they can do.

“If they do what they are capable of doing, that will finalise where we go from here.

“The challenge is there for them. We feel those four are just a bit ahead of the other lads, and we want them to try and make a real impact in pre-season.

“If they do that, they will stay in the squad. If they don’t we will reassess what we are going to be doing with them nearer the August deadline.”

Having returned for pre-season training last week, Inverness will split their squad for their first warm-up matches of the summer when they send separate teams to Clachnacuddin and Strathspey Thistle on Saturday.

Robertson says the programme, which will be followed by matches at Forres Mechanics and Rothes on Tuesday, will allow each player in his squad to gain much-needed match practice before they vie for a place in his starting 11 for Caley Jags’ Betfred Cup opener away to Peterhead on July 16.

Robertson added: “This is where we keep everything nice and clean and tidy, and there’s no disruption to the training programme, the recovery days or the rest days.

“We have told all the players to get through their pre-season and get their base fitness.

“Once they start to get their match fitness, we will start to come up against the likes of Aberdeen, Hearts and St Johnstone.

“They need to show they want to be in that starting line-up for the League Cup section.

“We want to keep improving each year, and part of that improvement would be to qualify out of our section.”

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