Caley Thistle could have no play-off hangover for Clach conflict, says former ICT striker Steven Hislop
The Championship’s third-placed finishers get the ball rolling once more away to their Highland League neighbours in Inverness.
On Saturday, Billy Dodds’ group face one other HFL opponent once they sort out Brora Rangers at Dudgeon Park.
Former Caley Thistle striker Steven Hislop reckons there will probably be no promotion blues hangover from his outdated membership when their pre-season begins at Clach on Wednesday evening.
The Caley Jags missed out on promotion on the ultimate levels once they misplaced to St Johnstone final month.
After a brief break, they’ve returned to work and are decided to land the Championship title and seal a top-table return for the primary time since 2017.
Hislop, who received the First Division and Problem Cup with ICT in 2003/04, reckons getting again to work will probably be simply the tonic for the gamers, who had been blown away by the Perth Saints within the ultimate 45 minutes of an epic season.
He mentioned: “The gamers could have wished to get away from soccer for a few weeks to attempt to neglect about it.
“However as quickly they bought their coaching gear up and bought again on the coaching park, their mind-sets would have modified from negativity to positivity.
“They are going to have been keen simply to get again to work and they are going to be making ready totally for what seems to be like being one other robust division, as all the time.”
Clach’s Grant Road Park is dubbed because the “Ferry San Siro” and that could possibly be the perfect first sport of pre-season for ICT relying on the kits they put on.
They might look identical to the Italian giants from Milan, who play on the well-known San Siro, due to their new away strips, which look equivalent with black and pink vertical stripes.
He mentioned: “In my days on the membership, you all the time knew it was pre-season while you play Clach early on.
“I seen on Twitter, with their new kits, that are like AC Milan’s, they’re off to play on the (Ferry) San Siro, which is apt. I’d have preferred to have performed in that equipment.
“These video games are ultimate in that there’s not a lot travelling. The matches are higher than pre-season coaching and they’re going to have performed all of the laborious operating and now they simply want a little bit of match sharpness.