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Cameron Harper asks Inverness Caley Thistle supporters to keep the faith as Duncan Ferguson's side patiently build-up from the back


By Alasdair Fraser

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Cameron Harper is urging Caley Thistle fans to show patience and keep the faith in Duncan Ferguson’s tactical approach.

The left-back’s back-pass during Saturday’s defeat to Raith drew dissent from the stands, prompting manager Ferguson to gesticulate at a small number of supporters who had shown displeasure.

Duncan Ferguson, irked last weekend by the reactions of some supporters, has drilled his gameplan into the minds of players like Cameron Harper. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Duncan Ferguson, irked last weekend by the reactions of some supporters, has drilled his gameplan into the minds of players like Cameron Harper. Picture: Ken Macpherson

The majority of fans are thrilled by the former Rangers, Newcastle and Everton striker’s impact as boss, with Raith’s late two-goal flourish ending a fine seven-game unbeaten run.

“Football fans are always going to demand from you, they pay their money,” Harper said. “But if you actually watch that move, we recycle the ball back to Mark Ridgers, go down the other side and then create a chance from it.

“I get the reaction, but it is the bigger picture of how we play. We have to try to create these moments and that’s what the gaffer tries to drill into us. We have to play in certain areas and use a bit of game knowledge.

“I’ve played over 130 games professionally now and understand, when I do these things, the best likelihood of success.

“It is about choosing our moments. Football is all about decision-making.

“In such a short period of time, the progress we’ve made already is good, but it is an adjustment period for everyone – the manager, coaches, all the players.

“We’ve shown we can do it, but we’re nowhere near the finished article. I would back the gaffer and other players in saying we’ve only shown it in bits of games.

“We’ve done well so far and it will only get better.”

Cammy Harper has asked ICT fans to show patience with Duncan Ferguson's style of play after patient build-up was met with frustration in the stands last weekend. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Cammy Harper has asked ICT fans to show patience with Duncan Ferguson's style of play after patient build-up was met with frustration in the stands last weekend. Picture: Ken Macpherson

Caley Thistle now face the bottom two Championship sides, Queen’s Park and Morton, in the space of four days, with a first trip back to Hampden Park since June’s Scottish Cup final in store tomorrow.

“We’re not silly – everyone in this league, since the first time I came in full-time at 16, has been competitive,” Harper said.

“It is two teams below us in the next couple of weeks and we really need to make sure we are winning those games to give ourselves some breathing space to allow us to look upwards in the table.

“It is the national stadium of my country and it is always an honour to play there, whatever scenario.”


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