Caley Thistle defender Cameron Harper is hungry for more action after completing his first full outing in Saturday’s Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup victory over Morton.
Teenager Harper has been on the fringes of John Robertson’s first team in recent months but only had four brief top team appearances to his name prior to the 3-1 victory over Ton.
Harper, who turns 18 in November, feels his impressive showing against Championship opposition gives him plenty to build upon.
Harper said: “It’s a good confidence builder – I thought I did OK. It was good to play against a Championship side.
“I think it’s part of the learning process, personally. I’m still quite young and there are definitely things I’ve still got to learn in the game.
“To get the chance like that just gives me the confidence to keep going and working hard in training with the coaches.
“It’s good to have confidence from the manager and the coaches. It gives me that extra boost when I’m playing in games like this.”
Caley Jags boss Robertson has likened Harper’s attacking full back style to that of Arsenal and Scotland left back Kieran Tierney, however the Inverness-born player insists he has plenty still to develop in his game.
Harper added: “I’m quite an attacking full back. In the youth teams I have always been told to try and keep that in my game and work a bit more defensively with the coaches.
“Even with Carl Tremarco, Kevin McHattie and Jamie McCart, I ask them to do little bits with me after training. I’m starting to do more of that which I think will really help and benefit me going forward.”
Caley Jags’ triumph against Ton – which followed on from a 5-0 victory over the Greenock outfit on Championship duty the previous weekend – makes it three wins out of four for the Highlanders, and Harper reckons Inverness have momentum on their side.
He added: “It was a very good performance from the boys. I thought we played really well and showed good passages of play – we showed our dominance.
“What we have been working on at the training ground showed. I thought we carried on the momentum from last week, although we should probably have got a few more goals.
“We are all a bit annoyed at conceding that one goal, but I thought we played quite well.
“We feel a lot stronger as a squad this year. Everyone is working hard in training every day.
“It shows when we have got the result against Morton last week and another convincing performance.”