The scene is set for Mr Brown's Boys
Inverness take on Mr Brown's Boys on Saturday, three days after Bomber won his first game in charge of the Dee in his fourth game as interim manager. He has stopped the rot though, with four points in the last two games after Dundee had suffered four straight defeats and it would complete a decent enough week or so for the bottom club should they upset Inverness at the weekend.
In midweek, a battling 2-1 win for Dundee against St Mirren after coming from behind showed great character from the relegation threatened club. That was on the back of a determined draw against St Johnstone last midweek and a tremendous bounce back after the derby cup quarter final defeat to the Arabs at the weekend. It was only their fourth win of the campaign which sees them fourteen points adrift of the Buddies, but it would take more than a miracle for Dundee to get out of this one methinks.
Inverness are boosted by news that more players are about to pen new deals on the back of Gary Warren extending his contract. Good news for Inverness fans as the players follow the managers example by staying in the Highlands. These players were revealed as striker Billy McKay and midfielder Ross Draper, with Owain Tudur-Jones another target.
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Great to have them on board for another season or two, but rumours abound that Andy Shinnie may be going South after the summer. Great disappointment if so as Andy has quality in abundance and deserves a shot at another level of play and pay, I just wonder if Birmingham City are the best ones for that opportunity. Best ask Rooney.........that's Adam, remember him? Currently on loan from Birmingham at Swindon Town. Tread carefully Andy, but good luck whatever.
Inverness have put eight goals past Dundee already this season whilst conceding twice in the two games so far. Dundee's goal difference is 43 goals worse off than ours and that tells it's own story. However, they have only lost eight more goals than us. Scoring goals is where the massive difference is with Dundee only hitting the back of the net 18 times on SPL duty. But, if you take into consideration that our goals have dried up recently then this game is not quite as one sided as league positions would have us believe.
We only have one win to boast about at Dens park, that being the 1-4 in October. On that night in the city of Discovery, Billy McKay scored a double with Gary Warren and Andy Shinnie adding two more. The inevitable goal from Colin Nish was Dee's reply but in the end they were well beaten, but not without a fight. Judging by performances that night, Nicky Riley is worth keeping an eye on. The tricky winger looks comfortable on the ball and is capable of scoring as well as providing for others..........like Nish or Baird.
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Inverness defender Chris Hogg played his first 45 minutes with the u20's last Sunday after his horrific knee injury last year. Good to see the Hoggmeister getting back on the pitch. Simon King is still out and Phillip Roberts is nursing an injury. Aaron Doran was subbed last week after a knock but should make the squad and Graeme Shinnie's suspension for the joke booking last weekend does not kick in until the game against County next week.
Dundee have Stephen O'Donnell, Mark Kerr and Jamie McCluskey still out. Declan Gallagher returns after suspension, and striker Carl Finnigan should keep his place on the bench after recovering from injury. I believe this is the same Mr Finnigan that was involved in our relegation when he played for Falkirk........
tm4tj Prediction:- Banana skin alert! This one has slippery surface written all over it as John Brown stamps his robust style on the Dundee team, despite objections from large numbers of their support. Yes we have scored eight times, but momentum has changed, and our goals are not so easy to come by recently although our defence has been solid. Neither the Arab's or the Gudgies were able to penetrate our Ryan. That tempts me to hope for a win, but a draw might be the unwanted result in the push for European football. First the Highlands, now Europe............who would have thought it?