Ca­ley Jags play­ers just fo­cused on the foot­ball

● Points the pri­or­ity for Welsh de­spite club’s money strug­gles

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - SPORT - BY ANDY SKIN­NER

Ca­ley This­tle mid­fielder Sean Welsh is con­fi­dent talk of the club’s fi­nan­cial strug­gles will not dis­tract the play­ers from their on-field du­ties.

In­ver­ness held an ex­tra­or­di­nary gen­eral meet­ing on Thurs­day, with the club ea­ger to se­cure new in­vest­ment to deal with cash­flow prob­lems.

The High­landers are third in the Cham­pi­onship at present, with John Robert­son’s side continuing to pur­sue their goal of pro­mo­tion to the top flight af­ter los­ing out in last sea­son’s play-offs.

Welsh says he and his team-mates re­main fo­cused on the task at hand on the park.

He said: “As play­ers we don’t re­ally no­tice that. The chief ex­ec­u­tive had a chat with us on Thurs­day morn­ing and just told us to con­cen­trate on foot­ball.

“He’s work­ing on that side of things, so we will just re­main fo­cused on the foot­ball and do what we are paid to do.

“He seems con­fi­dent in his plans, so we trust him.

“We’ve just got to keep go­ing with what we are meant to do, and that’s to win games.”

In­ver­ness make the trip to face a high-fly­ing Ayr United side, who moved five points clear of the High­landers with last week’s 3-0 win over Ar­broath at Gay­field.

Welsh’s for­mer Partick This­tle team-mate Kris Doolan has been left on the bench in re­cent weeks, which the 29-year-old feels shows the strength avail­able to Sandy Ste­wart, who is stand­ing in as care­taker fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of Ian McCall.

Welsh added: “No mat­ter where Kris plays, he will score goals.

“I’ve no­ticed he hasn’t been play­ing ev­ery week, so they are ob­vi­ously happy with what they had be­fore.

“We know they have got good play­ers. It would have been hard to re­place Lawrence Shank­land but it seems like they have done that no prob­lem.

“They have kicked on again this sea­son. Their man­ager has left but they seem to still be go­ing the same way. We have got to be ready. It will be a hard chal­lenge go­ing down there but we are con­fi­dent on our day we can chal­lenge.”

In­ver­ness were de­feated 3-1 by This­tle at Cale­do­nian Sta­dium but Welsh is con­fi­dent of a strong re­sponse, adding: “There is no panic from us. We are not go­ing to go through the sea­son with­out slip­ping up and los­ing the odd game.

“It’s just about putting it right now. We are look­ing to get back to win­ning ways.

“The boys got beaten against Dundee United then re­sponded well. We have been go­ing well. You are go­ing to lose games at points but it’s all about how you bounce back. We can’t wait for this game to put that right.”

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