Inverness CT v Rangers
Sunday 20th January @ 2pm
Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Referee: Charlie Richmond
Saturday 19th August:
Hearts v Hibernian (Setanta, 12:30pm)
Celtic v Kilmarnock
Dundee Utd v Aberdeen
Gretna v Falkirk
St Mirren v Motherwell
Sunday 20th August:
Inverness CT v Rangers (Setanta, 2pm)
PREVIOUS RESULTS THIS SEASON
Hearts - Hibernian: (Hearts 1-0 Hibernian; Hibernian 1-1 Hearts)
Celtic - Kilmarnock : (Celtic 0-0 Kilmarnock; Kilmarnock 1-2 Celtic)
Dundee Utd - Aberdeen :(Dundee Utd 1-0 Aberdeen; Aberdeen 2-0 Dundee Utd)
Gretna - Falkirk : (Gretna 0-4 Falkirk; Falkirk 2-0 Gretna )
St Mirren - Motherwell:(St Mirren 0-1 Motherwell; Motherwell 1-1 St Mirren)
Inverness CT - Rangers: (Inverness CT 0-3 Rangers; Rangers 2-0 Inverness CT)
The teams have played a total of 12 times (11 League, 1 Cup) with 27 goals (9 Inverness CT, 18 Rangers) between them.
Inverness CT: 2 wins (2 League, 0 Cup)
Draws: 4 (4 League, 0 Cup)
Rangers: 6 wins (5 League, 1 Cup)
A GAME TO REMEMBER
For this weeks game to remember we take you back to season 2006/2007 and the first meeting of the teams last season. The match took place at Ibrox on the 14th of October 2006. Paul Le Guen was having a rocky start as gaffer of Rangers but their home form was good. However Inverness CT had other ideas, even though they were still looking for their first ever win against the Govan side. As the line-ups were announced, a lot of supporters from both sides were a bit surprised to see Lionel Letizi start in goals for Rangers (after an injury), especially since Allan McGregor had been playing so well. Would this switch be something that Le Guen would regret? The match took place in glorious sunshine and was evenly contested with Inverness creating a few chances and dealing with everything Rangers threw at them.
It wasn't until the second half the only goal of the game was scored. The goal obviously had to come from a goalkeeper blunder!! In the 71st minute of the game a long range shot from Craig Dargo looked to be saved comfortably by Letizi until he could parry it leaving an on rushing GRAHAM BAYNE a perfect chance to score and make himself a hero. Great reactions from the ex-Ross County man. Rangers threw everything in the last few minutes just as there supporters threw all the dogs abuse they could at Letizi. It was happy trip back up the A9 (or for me a quick 20 min drive home!) for the Inverness CT players, fans and everyone associated with the club. A first ever victory over the blue side of Glasgow, and a much needed one, as it was to be their last away league victory all season until the last day of the season at St Mirren.
The teams were as follows:
INVERNESS CT: Brown, Tokely, Dods, Munro, Hastings, Wilson, Black, McBain, Rankin, Dargo, Bayne.
Subs- Hart (for Wilson ), Duncan (for Dargo), Fraser, McCaffrey, Wyness, Sutherland, McAllister.
RANGERS: Letizi, Bardsley, Rodriguez, Papac, Smith, Hemdani, Ferguson , Adam, Buffel, Prso, Sebo.
Subs- Novo (for Rodriguez), Boyd (for Prso), McGregor, Rae, Svensson, Hutton, N-Diaye.
The referee was Iain Brines and there were 4 bookings on the day: Bardsley and Boyd for Rangers and Black and Dargo for Inverness . Four of the Inverness players who started the match have left the club, but all still play in the SPL: Darren Dods going to Dundee Utd, Mark Brown to Celtic, Craig Dargo to St Mirren and just this week John Rankin left for Hibernian.
FACTS BETWEEN THE TEAMS
- All League meetings between the teams have taken place in the SPL.
- Inverness CT had never won against Rangers in the first 7 meetings.
- Inverness CT have lost both fixtures this season without scoring a goal and conceding 5 in the process, 3 at home and 2 away.
- The last time these two came face to face it ended 2-0 to Rangers at Ibrox with Rangers scoring in the very first minute.
- This season Inverness CT's first game was at home to Rangers. Two seasons ago Inverness CT's first HOME game of the new season was against Rangers as well; however it was their second game of the season after winning 2-0 away to newly promoted Falkirk on the opening day.
- Inverness CT have won their last 5 home league fixtures, including wins over Celtic, Hibernian and Kilmarnock . They have only conceded 3 goals in the process, and scoring 12.
- It has been 15 games since Inverness CT last drew a game.
- Referee Charlie Richmond has taken charge of 15 games this season and only given 1 red card.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Michael Fraser (Inverness CT): The Inverness born goalkeeper is enjoying his first full season as no 1. Michael was Inverness ' back-up goalie for Mark Brown until he left for Celtic last January. Michael was considering leaving the club in search of first team football but thankfully he bided his time and it has paid off. The 23 year-old has had a good start to life in the SPL after playing every game since Mark Brown left, apart from 1 game where Zibi Malkowski played against Aberdeen in October. Fraser has been brought up well from the youth system thanks to goalkeeping coach Stuart Garden. Garden always held Fraser in high regard and now that his time has come we can see why. Fraser highly respects Stuart for the work he has done in helping Fraser and with his continuing coaching, Michael can only improve in the future. Already been the no 1 for 12 months, he has made some remarkable saves already. He will need to be on top form on Sunday to keep a clean sheet.
Daniel Cousin (Rangers): The Rangers forward is currently on a good scoring run after scoring 3 goals in the last 4 games. The French forward has settled in well at Ibrox and is keen to improve on his 8 SPL goals already this season. However he did go 7 games without a goal recently so he seems to have good and bad spells and lets hope his good spell comes to an end this weekend.
Inverness CT 5/1 Draw 12/5 Rangers 1/2