INVERNESS CT make the short trip to Station Park as Nairn County pit their wits against Scottish Championship opposition for the second time in five days.
Ronnie Sharp's side kicked off their pre-season preparations with a home friendly against St Mirren on Sunday and now take on the Buddies' fellow promotion hopefuls in what will be County's final home pre-season fixture with a trio of matches on the road before the campaign gets underway on Saturday July 31st.
John Robertson has been building his side up gently for the new campaign with a closed doors bounce game at Clachnacuddin followed by a trip to Forres Mechanics last weekend where they narrowly edged past the Can Cans. They went up through the gears earlier this week though with a comfortable 4-1 success at Brora Rangers and will be looking for another positive showing in this the first of a weekend double-header that sees the Caley Jags head to Elgin City the day after Friday's trip to Station Park.
The hosts continue to build up their fitness and finalise the shape of their team and will face three further pre-season tests after this one with trips to Forfar Athletic, Nairn St Ninian and New Elgin all to come prior to the opening day of the new season with the visitors having two weeks less than Nairn before their first competitive outing as they welcome Brechin City to the Caledonian Stadium in the group stages of the League Cup on Saturday July 15th.
The club's social media channels will carry live updates of Friday's match at it progresses, starting with team line-ups before kick-off, updates of all of the action throughout the game as it happens, a match report on the final whistle and the reaction of Ronnie Sharp the next morning. To keep in touch, simply log on to facebook.com/nairncountyfc or @NairnCounty on Twitter. A preview of the match is below:
Date: Friday July 7th 2017
Competition: Pre-season friendly
Opponents: Inverness CT
Manager: John Robertson
Venue: Station Park, Nairn
Previous meeting: n/a
Last time out: n/a
League position: n/a
Form guides: n/a
Team news: Vice-captain Glenn Main returns to the squad for the visit of Inverness CT to Station Park having missed out on the weekend match against St Mirren due to being on holiday. Jason Morganti and Stephen Mackenzie are both still out because of work commitments though while illness will render Calum Riddell unavailable. Gary Kerr and Gregg Main are also unavailable as they both have knee injuries but after debuting against St Mirren, young attacker Max Ewan is again included in the squad, where he will be joined by fellow new signing Cohen Ramsay, who played at left back as a trialist in that clash with the Paisley Buddies. Boss Ronnie Sharp is also expected to run the rule of another trialist as he continues to work towards shaping his squad in time for the start of the new Highland League season.
One to watch: John Baird. The striker became John Robertson's first signing of the summer when he moved north from Falkirk and the new Inverness CT boss will be looking for the experienced attacker to fire the goals that take the Caley Jags back into the Premiership at the first time of asking following relegation at the end of last season. Baird has proved himself at Championship level over the years and spent time with the likes of St Mirren, Airdrie, Dundee, Partick Thistle, Raith Rovers and Queen of the South and appears to have settled in comfortably to his new surroundings having fired a hat trick in a friendly match at Brora Rangers on Tuesday evening.
Match officials: Referee Darren Munro, Assistants John Black and Alan Dawson.
Weather forecast: Light cloud 14 degrees 6 mph wind.
Admission prices: Adults £8 Concessions £5 (season tickets not valid).