Caley Thistle forward Nikolay Todorov is hoping to play a key role in the Highlanders’ promotion push in the coming weeks.
Bulgarian attacker Todorov came off the bench to net a late winner in Tuesday’s 3-2 victory over Morton, which moves second-placed Inverness four points clear of Ayr United in the Championship.
Todorov has largely been understudy to leading scorer Jordan White since joining from Falkirk last summer, with all but two of his seven goals this term coming from the bench.
Although the 23-year-old accepts manager John Robertson is reluctant to change a winning formula that has also taken Caley Jags to this month’s Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup final against Raith Rovers, Todorov is confident he can make an impact when called upon.
Todorov said: “I’m out there competing with our top goalscorer. I’m not far from it, but I’ve had limited game time so I think if I get a little bit more I will definitely provide a bit more of that.
“Everywhere you go you are going to have competition.
“We only have two strikers here, if you look at some other teams they have five or six strikers and everyone is fighting for a place.
“It’s football. If you do well in one game you stay in, and if you don’t do well in the next game you are out. It’s how it is.
“It was disappointing to go out of the Scottish Cup on Friday, but we are second in the league and we have a cup final as well. We must have been doing something right.”
Todorov has netted on his last two outings from the bench, but the former Livingston and Hearts forward is quick to credit his team-mates, adding: “It’s a good feeling to score goals. I have added a few goals, but it’s a team game and we need everyone.
“If there are crosses coming in, I’m there. It was a great cross, and I just did the easiest part.”
The victory over Morton kick starts a hectic run of six league matches in March prior to the cup final, with Saturday’s trip to Alloa Athletic next up for Inverness.
Todorov hopes to keep building momentum, and he added: “It has made the gap a bit bigger between us and the teams below us.
“A few times this year we have slipped when we’ve had the opportunity to build a gap.
“It’s not massive, but if we can add a few more wins like that, and turn more draws into wins, we will definitely be up there competing.
“We are trying to remain focused which is the most important thing.
“Hopefully we can pick up more results in the coming weeks, because there are points to be picked up.”