Hughes calls for calm as McKay moves closer to Wigan switch
JOHN Hughes last night assured Caley Thistle fans that moves were afoot to replace Wigan-bound Billy McKay.
The Inverness manager called for calm among supporters after losing the prolific Northern Ireland international for £150,000 and revealed he was weighing up potential loan signings.
But Hughes, also set to lose left back Graeme Shinnie to Aberdeen in the summer, is now challenging existing squad members to rise to the task and lift the spirits with a rousing Highland derby victory tomorrow.
At this late stage in the transfer window, it will be no easy task to adequately replace the 26-year-old former Northampton Town striker.
After an initial lean season where he netted just three times, Mckay hit 59 goals for the Highlanders over the last two-and-a-half years.
Hughes said he understood supporters’ concerns and impatience but stressed he would rather risk the window closing without a new face than rush the wrong type of player in.
Mckay is expected to complete the formalities of a two-and-a-half year deal with Sky Bet Championship Wigan Athletic after completing a medical.
Hughes stressed: “I expect Billy to be playing for Wigan on Saturday. He was down there yesterday and got his deal done.
“He goes with our best wishes. It’s a great move for him and we were never going to stand in his way.
“It’s a club decision, and we’ve done what we feel is right for the club.”
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