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    Inverness CT -V- Arbroath - Preview

    Can we get three on the trot


    Back to League business this weekend at the Caledonian Stadium with Dick Campbell's Arbroath the visitors. It's another covid restricted game meaning no fans will be allowed in the stadium but the game can be caught on Caley Jags TV by streaming the action live from 3:00pm, with Inverness looking for their third Championship win on the bounce.

    Contrasting results in the Scottish Cup in midweek when Inverness edged out Highland League side Buckie Thistle in a five goal encounter. Sounds exciting but in truth it was a poor game and performance with Buckie taking all the plaudits but not the win. A late winner by Daniel Mackay ended Buckie's brave attempt to get to Dingwall despite giving their all against a much changed Inverness side who did just enough to get through (2-3). Arbroath dropped out of the cup after the beaten finalists in the 2015 showpiece upstaged the Championship side 1-2 at Gayfield. Yes, Falkirk are through to the third round and face a trip to Parkhead.





        Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
    1. Hearts 21 14 4 3 48 21 27 46
    2. Raith Rovers 20 8 6 6 33 26 7 30
    3. Dunfermline 19 8 6 5 27 20 7 30
    4. Dundee 20 8 6 6 37 35 2 30
    5. Inverness CT 21 6 9 6 27 23 4 27
    6. Queen of the South 21 8 3 10 33 42 -9 27
    7. Ayr United 21 6 7 8 26 25 1 25
    8. Morton 21 6 7 8 19 26 -7 25
    9. Arbroath 21 5 7 9 17 26 -9 22
    10. Alloa Athletic 21 4 5 12 24 47 -23 17
    Last 10 Competitive Meetings with Arbroath
    1 - 1
    3 - 1
    0 - 1
    0 - 3
    2 - 1
    0 - 3
    7 - 0
    2 - 0
    2 - 2
    3 - 1

    In the League, Arbroath have slipped to second bottom After defeats from Queen of the South and Dundee, but a creditable draw against leaders Hearts will give them the confidence that they can beat the drop. We have struggled to perform at times against the bottom sides in the table although we did win 3-1 earlier in the season against Arbroath. A win on Saturday would fire us in the right direction and make it three in a row after good away wins at Raith and Dunfermline.

    A worried Gringo summed it up on CTO

    I just hope the lack lustre performance at Buckie hasn't affected the lads too much. Yes, it was a much changed side but could still have an effect. Fingers crossed this won't be the case and we can get the much needed three points. Arbroath have given us some tough games and will be up for the fight against relegation...or is it the fact I worry too much? :crazy:

    Championship games at 3:00pm Saturday Image

    Alloa Athletic v Ayr United

    Hearts v Queen of the South

    Inverness CT v Arbroath

    Raith Rovers v Morton

    Dundee v Dunfermline 7:20pm

    ***Latest Team News***

    After what seems like eternity, we don't need to list Lewis Toshney as an injured player anymore. Yes, he is off the injured list, and off down the road. The unfortunate Lewis has left the building by mutual consent after two injury prone seasons. He made four appearances in season 19/20 and zero this season. Good luck to Lewis after what has been a difficult time for him since he came North. No such fortune for Daniel Mackay who has been added to the crocks list after the cup win at Buckie. Kevin McHattie was also subbed in that game by Cameron Harper, who returned to action after a six game lay-off and played for the last half hour. 

    ImageInverness have boosted their squad for the run-in with an excellent loan signing in the shape of Scott Allan from Hibernian. Scott goes straight into the squad for today's game.


    Scott, 29 years old, started his career at Dundee United before moving to West Brom. Scott then moved to Hibs, where he won the 2014/15 Scottish Championship Player of the Year. 

    He then signed for Celtic, where he won the 2015/16 Scottish Premiership. During his time at Celtic, he had loan spells with Rotherham, Dundee and Hibs. Scott then moved to Hibs on a permanent basis in the summer of 2019. 

    Arbroath have signed former Aberdeen player and East Stirlingshire captain Nicky Low on loan til the end of the season. Good signing for the Lichties who have also been hit with a spate of injuries. Gavin Swankie, Bobby Linn and Luke Donnelly look likely to be miss the rest of the season. Defender Jake Davidson has returned to Dundee United after being injured in training. Experienced Berwick Rangers striker Calum Smith has also been added to Dick's squad for the final push to avoid relegation.


    ImageThe return of the Highland derby

    Next up for the Caley Jags after the Arbroath Fixture is a visit to the quaint market town of Dingwall where we will take on the village team in the third round of the Scottish Cup. That was the prize for defeating Buckie Thistle last Wednesday. Unfortunately covid restrictions are still in place and that has ruled out a great away day for the fans who would no doubt have been pleased to see John Hughes and offered him some words of encouragement in his new job :moon02:




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