Published: 08/04/2008 00:00 - Updated: 25/11/2011 18:19

Imrie jinx over as Caley Jags dig out result

Dougie Imrie (right) impressed ICT boss Craig Brewster.
Dougie Imrie (right) impressed ICT boss Craig Brewster.

CALEY Thistle manager Craig Brewster will consider using Dougie Imrie in a striker position again after he played an integral part in ending the side's three-month winless run. Imrie set up both goals in the 2-1 win against Gretna on Saturday and believed a personal jinx had finally been lifted. Inverness had not won since Brewster signed the 24-year-old attacking midfielder from Clyde in the January transfer window and he had been the target of jovial team-mate banter because of the barren spell. Yesterday, however, the manager stressed how Imrie had taken it all in his stride and was confident it would be only a matter of time before Imrie scored his first goal in Caley Thistle colours. "Dougie has got great energy whether he plays in a wider role or up front," Brewster said. "His energy is infectious and when you have players like that you know they will bring great benefits. "I'm happy for him and I think everybody else is. He's a character and hopefully we will see the best of him next season. If he can finish this season strongly and get a good pre-season under his belt, I am sure he will be flying next year. "I've been delighted with him. He got a real lift from coming in and, although he maybe dipped slightly, that performance on Saturday was what we are looking for. "He has settled in really well and his attitude certainly gives him a chance. Dougie will get his goal. He laid on two on Saturday so maybe somebody else will lay him one next time. "He did everything but score on Saturday," Brewster added. "It summed his day up when he chased down the goalkeeper to block the ball, but then stumbled. I had a little chuckle to myself about that one. "However, he was always involved in every good thing we did and I think it showed that he's desperate to get his first goal." Imrie, who cost Caley Thistle around £50,000, admitted he could not wait to score for Inverness and hoped his goal would arrive soon. "I had a few chances on Saturday and went close with a couple of headers but, unfortunately, it wasn't to be," he said. "However, we got three points under our belts and that is the first win since I came here, so hopefully that gets the monkey off of my back as well because I've been getting a bit of stick, so it was good to get the victory." Imrie added the result would lift morale in dressing room as there would be more smiles on people's faces a factor Brewster is pleased to see again. "Every game is of importance but with us being on a bad run it was good to get a victory. I said after the game what a difference there was in the dressing room after a win, compared to when you lose," he said. Brewster believed his players produced a good performance considering the state of Motherwell's Fir Park pitch, which he described as reminiscent of playing football on the Sahara desert, and he was adamant, after seeing television replays, his side should have had a penalty due to a Gretna player handling the ball inside the area on the stroke of half-time. The boss stressed it was important to finish the season on a high to carry positives into next season. He also said any perceived unrest between himself and midfielder Ian Black was resolved and that there were no dressing room problems. Black returned to training with senior players yesterday after spending time with the under-19s last week. It is also hoped Romanian internationalist Marius Niculae will return to training this week after suffering a dead-leg in training on Friday, which ruled him out of action at the weekend. Meanwhile, Brewster is looking forward to seeing former Caley Thistle fans' favourite Juanjo in action when he joins the team for training tomorrow. The ex-Barcelona youngster last played for Inverness in 2006 but Brewster released him after he suffered an Achilles injury. Juanjo (30) has been playing in the lower Spanish leagues latterly and trained with Ross County last week.

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