CALEY Thistle assistant manager Russell Latapy believes Aaron Doran and Danny Devine will learn from their mistakes after being charged by police last weekend.
The pair were issued with fixed penalty notices following an incident in Inverness city centre but Latapy insists the matter is finished and he and John Hughes understand how such situations can arise.
Pictures surfaced on Twitter last Sunday of Doran in front of a police van, following a night out after Caley Thistle’s 2-1 win over St Mirren. Doran missed the game in Paisley with a groin injury.
Latapy said he had been involved in a number of incidents as a player and brushed off suggestions the incident involving Doran andDevine last weekend would affect the team.
“The gaffer and I, as past players, understand certain situations. I’ve been involved in lots of situations as a player,” he said. “It is young men, they’ve won a game and sometimes you go out for a meal and have one drink too many. Somebody says something the wrong way, you respond and get into a fracas.
“As a player, it can be difficult sometimes. It works both ways. You have people who are pleasant towards you and people who aren’t pleasant towards you. One of the key factors is your tolerance at that particular time. If you’ve just scored a hat-trick you can tolerate anything. Maybe if you miss a hat-trick, you tolerate less.
“A lot of it is spur of the moment, but I would say that if you put yourself in the position it is possible anything can happen. I think, with experience, the boys will understand that they don’t put themselves in that position where these things can happen.
“But it is a little incident and we don’t want to blow it out of proportion. We understand that it’s young men. We’re on a good run, winning games. The boys went out for a meal and these things happen.”
The club have dealt with the matter internally and can instead focus on this weekend’s game against Kilmarnock, which will quickly be followed by a game against Dundee United, who are six points behind the Caley Jags.
Work has been going on behind the scenes assessing potential striking options, with Inverness keen to fill the void left by Billy Mckay. Curacao international Prince Rajcomar (29) is one of the strikers that has been on trial with the club but Latapy insists it has been difficult to gauge their abilities.
The midweek Development League game against Motherwell was used to give first-team players, who have not been playing, a chance to build up their fitness, and training numbers have been varying.
“You can’t play trialists in games so our only look at them comes on the training pitch. With the size of our squad, the boys not playing in the first team need a game for the reserves, so the size of squad training goes down to 10 or 12,” said Latapy.
“You can’t do too much or see too much with those numbers playing in limited spaces. In a week or so, hopefully we will have had a better look at them. Before we make a fair and just decision, we need to see them.”
He added that it was better to wait and watch them in a game situation where they can be watched over 90 minutes, rather than relying on DVDs of the players’ ‘best bits’, which do not paint a true picture.
The rest of the squad remains the same from last week, with Doran, James Vincent (hamstring), Dean Brill and Richie Foran (both knee) still missing.
Inverness faced Killie just a month ago at Rugby Park and ran out 2-1 winners but the visitors tomorrow have since changed manager, replacing Allan Johnston with his assistant Gary Locke.
“I played against Gary a couple of times and he was always a really competitive person and player,” said Latapy. “I’m sure that’s the way his teams are going to be, and that’s what we expect on Saturday. They’re going to work and fight for everything and we need to match that kind of attitude.”