AARON Doran has declared himself fit – and ready to open up defences to create and score goals for Caley Thistle.
The Dubliner has battled back from painful injuries in both knees twice over the past two years and was brimming with pride at coming off the bench in Saturday’s 1-0 Irn-Bru Cup quarter-final win against Falkirk in the all-Championship tie.
The 26-year-old, who joined the club in 2011, is clearly desperate to stop talking about injuries and simply – and finally – be put on the stage to perform for the Inverness side.
A new club record-breaking seven clean sheets was set at the weekend and two home league games follow – against basement boys Brechin City next Tuesday then leaders St Mirren a week on Saturday.
ICT are on a great run of seven games unbeaten in all competition, but are still eight points outside the promotion play-off places and 10 behind first place.
Doran’s impressive display and goal in last Wednesday’s 3-2 charity derby loss at Ross County caught the eye of manager John Robertson.
He was pitched in from the bench and it has given Doran the belief he can now be involved as a starter.
"The manager called me in on Friday and told me I would be involved after watching me against Ross County," he explained.
*** See the Inverness Courier for the full interview with Aaron Doran.