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McKay plays down significance of Dons result


By Andrew Henderson


Inverness Caledonian Thistle’s Brad McKay has played down the importance of getting a result in this afternoon’s friendly match against Aberdeen, insisting that the squad are still building their fitness back up.

So far Caley Thistle have played four matches against Highland League opposition, with the squad being split in half and playing two games each.

However, ICT’s final three friendlies are a step up in quality, as they will be facing Aberdeen, Hearts and St Johnstone before competitive matches kick in with the Betfred Cup.

Brad McKay insists this afternoon's friendly with Aberdeen is still about building match fitness. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Brad McKay insists this afternoon's friendly with Aberdeen is still about building match fitness. Picture: Ken Macpherson

Potentially these matches could have been a chance for Inverness to make an early impression on their Championship rivals, but McKay does not think anyone will be paying much attention.

“I don’t think they will look too much into pre-season results,” the 26-year-old defender said.

“Arbroath I think beat Hearts and Hibernian, so I don’t think it’s about results at this time.

“It’s about getting people matching up, strikers scoring goals and everyone just getting up to speed. It’s not really about results.

“You know it’s pre-season, a lot of people don’t want to get hurt and they just want to get through and get fitness going into the season. Sometimes pre-season friendlies can be a bit false, they can be slower-paced.”

That said, McKay does expect ICT to be in for a tougher time of things at Elgin City's Borough Briggs.

“It’s a big step up from the Highland League teams, but last season we played a lot more Highland League teams rather than teams like Aberdeen, Hearts and St Johnstone.

“They are going to be more challenging.

“It’s one we’re looking forward to, because our pre-season is usually based up here against Highland League teams and Elgin.”



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