Sat, May


Former national head coach and captain Russell Latapy seems to be fulfilling his coaching role with a fair amount of success these days as his Inverness Caledonian Thistle hold on to second place on the Scottish Premiership standings.

Latapy is an assistant coach at the club to John Hughes as Thistle trail league leader Celtic by six points. Inverness has had a remarkable home record but slipped up in a 4-0 loss to Partick Thistle last weekend.

Latapy seems to be enjoying his role, having recently completed the Uefa Pro License.

“That’s not our objective. Our objective is to teach the boys how we want to play football. Hopefully, they take it on board, create opportunities, be attractive and get results,” he told Scottish reporters when asked about his team chasing the title.

“If people want to talk about us in a positive way it is appreciated. If not, we take it on the chin. My job is to teach the boys how to play football the best I can. They’re playing really well and winning football games, so long may that continue.

“I don’t want to go over the top but I think we have had more of the ball than the opposition in 60 or 70 per cent of the games we have played. That is something we’re happy about and it’s one step in the process.”

Despite their impressive form, Latapy says his team still has plenty to learn if they are to challenge for European qualification come the end of the season.

Latapy said, “There is always work to do. Football and life are funny—even if you think you have something covered, something comes up and you need to go back and work on the whole process again.

“The Scottish Premiership is a difficult league and, on any day, anyone can beat anyone.”