Defender Graeme Shinnie insists he will be giving maximum effort to the Caley Thistle cause as they chase European football.
A top three finish would earn the Caley Jags a place in next season’s Europa League and they remain on course to reach their objective following a 1-1 draw against Dundee United on Tuesday.
John Hughes’ side have a seven point cushion on fourth-place United ahead of this weekend’s trip to bottom of the table Motherwell.
Shinnie has signed a pre-contract agreement with Aberdeen, but the 23-year-old is willing to put his body on the line to make sure there is European football at the Caledonian Stadium next season.
There was evidence of that on Tuesday night when Shinnie required treatment following a shuddering clash of heads with fellow defender Josh Meekings, but managed to carry on to help his side earn a point.
He said: “I want to go out on a high and giving the club European football would be the best way to do it.
“It would be the club’s highest finish in the league so it is a massive incentive for me as well as the rest of the whole team.
“I am a winner and I like to keep pushing myself. I don’t like allowing anybody get the better of me.
“I have been at the club for seven years and I would never let them down by pulling out of challenges or not giving my all.
“I will give 100% between now and the end of the season and hopefully we can do enough to get the European spot.”
Referee Calum Murray struggled to control Tuesday’s feisty encounter between Dundee United and Caley Jags, which ended with eight bookings and two players sent off.
Shinnie admitted it was a frustrating 90 minutes but feels the result leaves his team in the driving seat to finish third.
He added: “The booking for David Raven in the opening seconds set the tone for the match.
“There was an onus on the referee to be consistent after that one.
“It was a real stop-start game after that and hard to get going. It would have been brilliant to move 10 points ahead of Dundee United with a win on Tuesday but we are in a really strong position.
“It is all down to us.
“Only we can throw it away and we would have ourselves to blame if we did.
“We just need to keep our heads down and work hard as we have a long way to go.”