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    Inverness CT v Ross County Preview

    Derby Day is here!

     

    The first Derby of the season kicks off at 3:00pm in Dingwall on Saturday. Tickets for Inverness fans can be bought on the day from the matchday ticket offices at the ground.

    Ginger Jaggy has written this weeks preview ahead of the derby and here is what he has to say....

    It is always a fixture that fans look too on fixture release day with the first of four instalments taking place in Dingwall on Saturday.

    And if a derby is not enough spice then throw into the equation it being a top of the table clash against a County side boasting several ex-Caleyjag players to get the juices flowing.

    For myself the excitement can’t get any greater having not attended a game since the ill-fated final season in the top flight and I have not been back to Dingwall since the old away terracing was done away with.

    County started the season as favourites, who would bet against a side that still boasts Premiership quality and one of the biggest budgets.

    But they haven’t set the league alight and currently sit behind us by a point as we look to make a statement of intent on enemy territory.

    If John Robertson can get the Caley Jags promoted it will go down as probably the biggest achievement in his managerial career.

    He has had an ever-shrinking budget and is almost rebuilding the club on his own by creating a new squad good enough to get back into the top flight.

    And so far, the omens look good.

    Since it eventually clicked last season the Caley Jags have now gone an impressive 17 league games unbeaten including the first five of this term.

    Although home draws against Alloa and Ayr were poor results considering both played at least a full half with 10 men, Inverness have continued to be hard to beat and carry on picking up points.

    But either side of the international break we have scored three times against Dunfermline and Partick - two expected rivals for promotion - setting us up nicely for the trip to Dingwall.

    Ross County have reported strong sales for the match so far and with a large away following expected it should be a cracking atmosphere.

    Here's hoping that the points get brought back across the Kessock Bridge that will give us the early bragging rights but more importantly puts us further clear at the summit.

    Team News

    John Robertson will be without George Oakley who was injured late in the game against Partick Thistle. It is understood he will be out for a few weeks. Shaun Rooney is a major concern although he has allegedly been training all week since coming off before half-time in the same fixture. Jamie McCart will be an option should Rooney fail to make the squad with Brad Mckay moving to right back. Young Daniel Mackay will move up the pecking order with Oakley sidelined. Liam Polworth is another who carried a knock forward after the Partick game but he is likely to be fit.

    Stuart Kettlewell & Steve Ferguson were given a boost with the news that Marcus Fraser and Keith Watson should be available. County could possibly have four former Caley Jags players in their line-up. Don Cowie, Ross Draper, Iain Vigurs and Billy Mckay. Brian Graham has been in goal scoring form recently and the big striker will present a tough test for Coll Donaldson and his cohorts. Other new names to the County squad are forwards Declan McManus (Dunfermline) and Ross Stewart (St Mirren), midfielders Josh Mullin (Livingston), Harry Paton (Hearts) and defenders Keith Watson (St Johnstone), Stelios Demetriou (St Mirren) and Callum Morris, (Dunfermline). Out went some crowd favourites like captain Andrew Davies, Alex Schalke, Christoper Routis, Jaison Naismith, Thomas Mikkelsen, Craig Curran, Reghan Tumilty, and Tim Chow.

    Just to whet the appetite.............

    More detail can be found on the Official Website Preview

    Who put the O and Y in County! Who put the O and Y in County! Who put the O and Y in County! Dirty ...................:shrug:



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    County appear to  have a pretty experienced team there. This could be a dullish affair with one good team cancelling out the other but  Caley's spirit  and John Robertson's spirit and pep talks will win the day. Narrow victory though.

    Even I am excited by this match even if I live  5000 miles away.

    C':cheer01:mon Caley.

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