After yesterday's two successful friendly wins, it was time to catch up with the gaffers on their reaction to the matches in Nairn and Forres. With a 3-0 win over Nairn and an 11-0 win over Forres, it was the ideal start for squad who are now preparing to compete with Scotland’s best next season.
Steven Ferguson said: “To be fair to the boys they went out and hit the nail right on the head. Some of the football was great to watch and it was brilliant to see the new additions integrate in to the squad too. Testament to Forres they stuck to their job well and it was a great day for Ross MacPherson on his testimonial with such a great turnout and atmosphere. I think what the scoreline reflects is just how on the money we were from the first minute until the last. When you get to 5-0 at half time it can be hard to get going again for the second half but you could see the hunger and desire of the players to see the job through and give the best performance they could. I think already we are seeing how much the players want to compete for a starting place in our team for next season.”
Stuart Kettlewell followed up: “Steven is 100% right, even since we have come back to training you can feel the competitiveness of the squad. We head off on Tuesday to Holland and this, I think for everybody, sends us off in a good spirit. To score 14 goals and concede 0 against two strong Highland League teams is no mean feat. I think we also have to mention our Development players in there too as they were trying to make themselves noticed today and certainly did themselves no harm in their performances. It was great to see so many of our fans turn out today too. Nowadays it’s a long season that really runs from end of June to the start of May and for so many to turn out on day one is so motivating for the players.”
The squad heads off to Holland on Tuesday for a 6 day training camp. More information to come on the Staggies European Pre-season Camp.