Inverness Caledonian Thistle can get promoted if they achieve consistency, says David Carson
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DAVID Carson says Inverness Caledonian Thistle are capable of winning promotion to the Premiership next season if they can sort out their inconsistency.
The full back says the club’s poor form during the first part of the campaign, which included a run of winning once in 13 games was what ultimately cost them a place in the play-offs this season.
However, an excellent run of form in the second half of the campaign, which saw them go seven matches unbeaten, meant they missed out on the play-offs by just three points.
Carson, who was named as Caley Thistle fans’ player of the year, says it is a season the team will look back on with frustration. But he insists there is enough quality in the squad to earn promotion in the next campaign.
“We know we can compete with the Premier League sides with the run we started in February,” he said.
“If we started the way that we finished, we would have been right up there for promotion.”
Carson’s belief Inverness can reach the Premiership resulted in him signing a new three-year deal with the club last month.
Looking ahead to his future with the club, Carson says he is looking at having three attempts of making the top flight with Caley Thistle.
But he hopes the club will be successful at the first attempt.
Speaking about signing the new deal, Carson said: “It was massive to get the security, I loved my time here and my partner has settled here. The club had a chat with me and three years is massive for me. I see it as three chances to get to the Premiership and I am here with the aspiration to get us to the Premiership.
“I am looking forward to the challenge and me and the boys will give everything to ensure we get there.”
Carson says it was an honour to be named by the fans as their player of the season.
The campaign did not start well as Carson was out through injury, but he shone during the second half of the season to help the club turn their fortunes around.
“It is a nice achievement, but it was disappointing that the fans couldn’t get into the ground,” he said.
“But to receive the award after they watched on the stream is a big honour.
“I go out and give everything for the club and they have recognised that.
I had a tough start not getting into the team until January due to injury.
“Once the games came I gave my all and I have achieved an award I’m proud of.
“But I can’t accept it myself as the boys have been brilliant since February.”