Inverness finally lands ex-Porto, Trinidad ace Lapaty

Inverness manager John Hughes has finally clinched the signing of Russell Lapaty as his assistant.

The 45-year old Trinidad & Tobago great has departed his coaching role at Boavista to link up with former Hibernian and Falkirk teammate Hughes at Caley.

Hughes was thrilled to talk about Lapaty who had a stellar career with such clubs as Academica, FC Porto, Boavista and Rangers.

“I’ve spoken to him about where we are as a club, and where we want to be. He totally understands that,” Hughes said.

“He’s just a fantastic character and a very approachable, humble guy. He’s the sort who would give you the last penny in his pocket. He was a world-class footballer and, trust me, I don’t say that lightly.

“People ask how could he be a world-class footballer when he played much of his football in Scotland. But, believe me, Russell was world-class. To back that up, I watched a programme on Manchester United TV where Dwight Yorke named him in his all-time greatest team.

“He had Latapy in there before Scholes and Beckham, the lot of them – that’s how good he was.”

Hughes added: “Russell is just finishing his Uefa Pro Licence as well, so he is mad serious about his coaching.

“A lot of what we did at Falkirk was down to him. He will be a kindred spirit here, that’s for sure. He’s a tough cookie. Don’t ever underestimate him. I just think he will be a fantastic fit for this club.”

 
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