Inverness CT 0-0 Partick: Hughes seeking attacking signing

By Martin DowdenBBC Scotland at the Caledonian Stadium
Miles Storey
John Hughes is seeking to augment his attack, including Miles Storey (above), with a further signing

Inverness CT manager John Hughes revealed he is attempting to boost his attacking options with a signing before the January transfer window closes.

Caley Thistle drew 0-0 with Partick Thistle in the Highlands on Saturday.

"We are lacking in the top-end at this moment, just to unlock the door and come up with a bit of magic," Hughes told BBC Scotland.

"The reason I'm laughing is we're at that time in the window when you're chasing players that can do that."

Hughes added that patience was key to a successful late-January deal.

"Lo and behold everybody else is looking for the same players," he continued. "Then you get the agents trying to double-bluff you saying, well, he's going there, hoping you go and have a bite at it.

"You just need to be patient and make sure you get the right one in, maybe on loan to get us by, but if we get the chance to get the right one that brings that little bit of magic then we'll try it to give us that spark up front."

Hughes is also working to retain a number of players who're nearing the end of their contracts and was boosted by securing defender Gary Warren until the summer of 2019.

"He's the first of many", said Hughes. "He's been a pleasure. He's everything you want at a club. He's a leader, competitive.

"Gary Warren's special and we should be privileged to have him at Inverness captaining the club."

It was perhaps a better point for the away side with Alan Archibald's Partick recovering from last week's 4-2 loss to Dundee moving a point clear of Kilmarnock who occupy the relegation play-off place, with two games in hand.

"There wasn't a lot of good stuff played at all today," said Archibald. "I don't think the conditions helped but it was a valuable point for ourselves.

"We kept our shape really well, especially in the second half, and that's the way we had been playing up until last week's blip.

"We need more going forward. We didn't offer enough support to Kris Doolan."