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Aaron Doran says Inverness Caledonian Thistle must keep up the intensity when they face Stirling Albion


By Andrew Henderson

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For Inverness Caledonian Thistle vice-captain Aaron Doran, it is a case of looking for the same again against Stirling Albion tomorrow.

Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness. Scottish Premier Sports Cup. Inverness CT(2) v Peterhead(0). 13.07.21. ICT’s Aaron Doran holds off a strong challenge from Peterhead's Josh Mulligan.
Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness. Scottish Premier Sports Cup. Inverness CT(2) v Peterhead(0). 13.07.21. ICT’s Aaron Doran holds off a strong challenge from Peterhead's Josh Mulligan.

He starred in a 2–0 win over Peterhead in the Caley Jags’ Premier Sports Cup opener earlier this week, scoring a wonderful goal from distance.

One of the notable aspects of the performance as a whole, though, was the tempo that Inverness were trying to play at.

As far as Doran is concerned, if they can replicate that when Stirling visit the Highland capital tomorrow, it should be enough to pick up another three points.

“The manager wants us passing sharply and doing everything quickly, so I’m sure the fans will like it this season,” ICT’s longest-serving player said.

“Hopefully it will be the same – get out there and play with a high intensity. We will need to pass the ball sharply and put in another attacking display.

“If we can excite the fans again, that’s what we’re trying to do.

“Hopefully we can have a bit more quality in the final third earlier in the game to finish teams off earlier, but we want to get out there and put on a show.”

With the style Caley Thistle wants to play, it certainly helps to have an abundance of attacking options.

Five attackers got on the pitch earlier in the week, with Billy Mckay and Anthony McDonald not even in the squad, and Doran is pleased with their strength in depth.

“I know Shane [Sutherland], Manny [Duku]has been brilliant – you can see he chops the defenders up and he’s quick and strong,” Doran reasoned.

“We had [Tom] Walsh on the other wing, who is very direct and puts crosses in the box, so I’m sure strikers are going to like him.

“There are all these different players in the final third, and I hope we can link well.

“There’s real competition, we just need to all get up to speed and start strongly.”


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