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John Hughes challenges Caley Thistle squad players

John Hughes
John Hughes

Caley Thistle manager John Hughes has challenged players who have seen limited game time this season to give him a selection headache between now and the end of the campaign.

Inverness travel to Kilmarnock this afternoon looking to make it three Premiership wins on the bounce after victories against Ross County and St Mirren.

Caley Jags have enjoyed a fine start to the season and are in fifth place after 20 games.

John Hughes is looking for players like Nick Ross to step up
John Hughes is looking for players like Nick Ross to step up

Although Hughes feels consistency of selection has been a major factor in his side’s success, he regrets not being able to give certain players more first-team opportunities.

Hughes said: “Of the guys like Nick Ross, Liam Polworth, Danny Devine and Danny Williams, a couple of them have pushed on further than others. That doesn’t mean to say the others can’t come on in the second half of the season.

“I want them to have itchy feet. I want them to have an anger and frustration and train hard to get in the first team.

“From now to the end of the season, I’m going to have to give them a chance. It’s about picking the right team and shape, and them going in, making it work and winning the games.

“They won’t let us down. I know the character of the guys. But we’re not doing too badly just now.”

 

Hughes has been impressed with what he has seen of today’s hosts Killie and believes Inverness will have to play well for a repeat of August’s 2-0 win against Allan Johnston’s men at Caledonian Stadium.

Hughes added: “I have been really impressed by them. They’re much improved on where they were last year – their recruitment has been very good. They’ll be looking to get into that top six. It’s a difficult place to go at the best of times.

“They’ve got a good mix – good experience, good legs and some good young kids coming through. They’ve got Alexei Eremenko, who can get on the ball and pass it and other guys who can unlock the door.

“It’s going to be a close match and I’m really intrigued as to how it will play out. I think the artificial surface Kilmarnock have will be conducive to a very good football match.”

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