Despite finishing second in their group, Inverness failed to secure their place in the last 16 of the this seasons Betfred Cup.
The four matches were the first taste of what life may be like under new manager John Robertson.
But what did we learn from the first four competitive games under his tenure?
Collin Seedorf, New cult hero?
With the exits of Alex Fisher and Greg Tansey this summer, Inverness fans need a new man to really get behind and Collin Seedorf is already proving popular. The new summer signing has already got a new chant and is impressing on the pitch.
Seedorf has been our stand out player so far in the cup matches, there’s no doubting that at all as he’s impressed at right-back. He get up and down the line very quickly, delivers good crosses in the box and seems sound defensively.
Seedorf has shown great promise throughout the cup matches and it looks like he’s in for a big season.
Two up top is Robbo’s way
This will be the new system that will be used through the season you’d think as Robbo has deployed. Last season, under Richie Foran the formation was change on a weekly basis but it looks like we will be a side that sticks to 4-4-2 this term.
John Baird and George Oakley look to be our starting pair, while we have Connor Bell and Susan as back-up.
Oakley already has a couple of goals to his name while Baird opened his account against Forfar with a close range finish, Oakley also impressed in his cameo against Falkirk, while Baird has featured heavily in all the matches thus far.
Susan hasn’t look up to much in the games he’s featured in thus far, but he could just be taking a while to get going while he Connor Ball impressed against Clach.
Tremarco return date massive
Riccardo Calder and Joe Chalmers have both been tried at left-back during the Betfred group stages, but look way behind Carl Tremarco in terms of quality, that’s for sure.
In Calder’s case, I think we may see him used in a more advanced area for the side from now on or when Tremarco is back, while Chalmers will likely be a back up left back.
A agreement for Buckie’s Kevin Fraser could not be reached, and with the midfielder signing a new five year contract with the club, there’s no chance ICTFC will go back in for him. This is clearly an area we find ourselves light in and I’d be surprised if Robbo doesn’t make a move for a similar player.
New team: Needs to time to gel
As show in the match with Falkirk, this team is going to require patience. We responded in the second half but Falkirk battered us in the first which rightly left Robbo frustrated.
It has to remembered that Falkirk are a side which have been 3/4 years in the making and are going to be up in the play-offs/challenging for promotion this year.
But, Peter Houston is being touted for the currently vacant Hearts job, and he would be a massive loss for the Barins if the early speculation was to materialise.