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John Hughes looking to secure top six finish with Nigerian signing

John Hughes
John Hughes

Caley Thistle last night bolstered their attacking options when attacker Edward Ofere joined the club until the end of the season.

The 28-year-old was previously with Norwegian club Sogndal and represented Nigeria three times in 2009.

Inverness were last night awaiting international clearance for Ofere, who holds a Swedish passport, and hope to have the 6ft 3in forward available for today’s trip to Motherwell.

Inverness are in the driving seat in the race for a place in Europe next season but manager John Hughes insists securing the club’s place in the top six of the Scottish Premiership is his top priority.

Edward Ofere has joined the Caley Jags until the end of the season
Edward Ofere has joined the Caley Jags until the end of the season

Inverness are seven points clear of fourth-placed Dundee United but can secure their top-six place with six games to spare today if they beat Motherwell and St Johnstone lose at home to Kilmarnock.

Hughes said: “Every club starts the season looking to avoid relegation and we were able to get off to a good start which we have kept going all season.

“We’ve come this far and, while I don’t think we’ll win every game from now until the end of the season, we’ve some big matches coming up.

“If we can stay focused, keep our feet firmly on the gas, keep talking, keep demanding of each other, we’ll see what happens.

“I’d rather be where we are. I’ve been in a relegation tussle and it’s not nice. It’s a different pressure to this one which we can enjoy.

“Credit to the lads. We’re probably a couple of wins away from being sure of the top six and that’s all I’m looking at.”

Defender Gary Warren will miss the trip to Fir Park due to suspension after his red card at Dundee United on Tuesday.

Gary Warren misses out after his midweek sending off
Gary Warren misses out after his midweek sending off

Attacker Marley Watkins will also miss the game due to suspension.

Hughes is disappointed to lose the services of the influential central defender but insists he has players in his squad who can cover in his absence.

He said: “Gary Warren the other night – you just need to take your medicine. It’s part and parcel of football.

“I said that to Gary – he apologised to me and to the players. We just move on.

“Danny Devine hasn’t done wrong and played a magnificent match in the cup final against Aberdeen. As a ball-playing centre-half, he’s right up there with the best of them.

“He wasn’t with us the other night because he had a chest infection. He trained yesterday and he’ll come into contention. Carl (Tremarco) can play there as well.”

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