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Hossack will add new dimension to attack for Inverness Caledonian Thistle

By Andrew Henderson

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Manager Karen Mason believes Rhea Hossack will continue to make a mark on the Caley Thistle first team after scoring on her senior debut.

Included in Mason’s matchday squad for the first time after being one of the top scorers in each of the first two Highlands and Islands League seasons, Hossack got her chance to make an impression and wrapped up the scoring in a 7–3 victory over Westdyke.

Hossack has been keen to try her hand at a higher level of competition, and Mason believes she will prove to be a useful addition to the senior squad as she brings something different to the club’s forward options.

“It’s always good to see someone get a goal on debut, and I think her supporters that came down to watch were especially glad,” Mason said.

“I’m really proud of her, she’s been training hard.

“She wants to see how she fares at this level, so that’s a good introduction for her.

“I think she’s got something different to our other three or four strikers. She’s got a bit of pace about her, and she’s quite tricky. We maybe don’t have that in our other strikers.

“She’s got a bit of youth and inexperience that might play in her favour as well because she can make herself a handful for opposition defenders.”

It was vitally important that Inverness picked up three points last time out to keep tabs on the top of the Championship North, especially with some crucial matches coming up after this weekend’s free week.

The forward line that ICT finished the match against Westdyke was notable for how young it was, with Hossack, Abbey Ross and Tina Kelly all still at school, but Mason has no issues trusting in youth.

“I see that as a positive,” Mason insisted.

“The fact that these youngsters can come on and have this season in the Championship, the more minutes they get the more confidence they get and the better they become.

“I think that’s going to be a big bonus in our squad by the end of the season, that these players are getting the minutes and can compete with any team.”

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