Caley Thistle’s Marley Watkins believes he must up his game in order to make the attacking position his own.
Wide midfielder Watkins has been shifted up front in recent weeks, following the departure of leading scorer Billy Mckay to Wigan Athletic in January.
Although he has netted eight times in 31 appearances this season, Watkins believes the transition could have been smoother had his performances been up to the mark.
However, the 24 year-old also believes his team-mates could help him out by offering him more support further up the field.
Ahead of today’s Premiership match against Celtic, Watkins said: “I’m naturally a wide midfielder, but I’ve had to fill in up front. I’ve just had to do what the manager has asked of me.
“I’ve enjoyed it at times, but I also feel like I’ve been isolated. It’s been tough up there, especially as I’m not used to it.
“I started off well up there, but I’ve not followed it up.
“I feel we’ve been quite deep as a team. But speaking for myself, I haven’t been good enough.”
Inverness are looking to end a run of six league matches without a victory against Ronny Deila’s men this afternoon, the first of two games against the Hoops in a week.
Watkins says his side must put all thoughts of next Saturday’s Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park aside, in order to concentrate on improving their league form, with Caley Jags still third and on course to qualify for Europe for the first time.
Watkins added: “It’s hard not to think of next week because it’s a big occasion. But we’ve just got to blank that out and focus solely on the league game.
“Anything otherwise, our heads are going to be away, and we won’t be making tackles because we run the risk of missing the semi-final. So we’ve just got to act like it’s not happening.
“We need to be better than Wednesday night’s 1-0 defeat against Aberdeen. I thought we got overrun by Aberdeen – it wasn’t good enough and we need to be better.
“I feel at this stage of the season, some teams tire. Teams at the bottom are competing for every point. Anyone can beat anyone I feel.
“Dundee United have been losing games recently, but we haven’t been good enough in the last few games. We need to put it right against Celtic.”
Watkins’ contract expires at the end of the season, but the former Hereford United player says no decision will be made on his future until the end of the campaign.
He added: “I still need to speak to my agent. But I’m just focusing on the season itself because we’ve got a lot to play for.
“There are a lot of exciting times, like going to Hampden. It’s an exciting time and I feel it’s better to focus on the football.
“There was an offer ages ago, but I’ve said since day one I want to focus on playing until the end of the season.
“I’ll revisit it at the end of the season. It’s just the way I want to do it.”