AUSTIN Samuels believes he has developed a good partnership with Daniel Mackay on the wing who he feels can complement his own game.
Samuels says he was impressed with the winger who returned to Inverness on a season-long loan from Premiership side Hibernian.
The two linked well for Samuels to score in Caley Thistle’s 2-1 win over Livingston in the League Cup group stage.
Samuels (21) says Mackay can be effective for all players up front to propel Inverness to success this season.
“I know what he’s capable of and I have to make sure that when he has the ball I’m there at the far post,” Samuels said.
“I’m the only player in the team following him.
“Having a winger like him is a dream because you know he will beat his marker every time and send something into the box.
“It’s up to us to be ready for that.”
Samuels also feels he has developed a good relationship with striker Billy Mckay, whether on offense with him or on the wing.
Samuels says he has a lot to learn as a winger but will continue to improve playing wide.
“I feel like I’ve bonded well with Billy, we’re polar opposites and it works when we play together or when I’m on the wing.
“If I play winger, there are a lot of things I need to improve. It’s not a problem for me.
Caley Thistle travels to Arbroath tomorrow and Samuels says encounters between the two, including the play-off semi-final triumph, will count for nothing.
“Last season is over and we have to look to the future.
“It’s not something I think about and we have to figure it out this weekend.
“It will be their first home game of the season and the atmosphere will be the same. We have to silence the crowd and absorb the pressure.
“They have good players and it will be difficult to play against them there.
“Each team will get our respect, but we also support each other to take the win on Saturday.”