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Second bottom Queen of the south come calling to the Caledonian Stadium to take on second top Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Saturday afternoon at 3:00pm is the kick-off. Queens have lost their last two fixtures and Inverness are without a win in their last three games. Time to close the transfer window before we have nobody left to play out the season.

Venue - H2H Pld Won Drn Lst For Agst + / -
Home 20 12 2 6 36 24 +12
Away 19 8 7 4 33 20 +13
Neutral 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 39 20 9 10 69 44 +25


Pos Team Pld W D L F A Pts
1. Arbroath 21 10 8 3 33 15 38
2. Inverness CT 20 10 6 4 27 15 36
3. Kilmarnock 20 11 3 6 26 14 36
4. Raith Rovers 21 9 8 4 28 20 35
5. Partick Thistle 19 9 5 5 32 18 32
6. Hamilton Ac. 21 6 6 9 24 36 24
7. Ayr United 20 5 6 9 19 32 21
8. Morton 20 3 8 9 22 31 17
9. Q.O.S. 20 4 5 11 19 31 17
10. Dunfermline 20 2 9 9 18 36 15


FRIDAY 19:45

Partick v Killie


  Ayr Utd v Morton

Dunfermline v Hamilton  

 Inverness v Queens

Raith Rovers v Arbroath

Inverness have picked up six points from the two games between the clubs this season, both ending 2-1 in favour of the Caley Jags.

CTO Summary from 25th September: Goals from Sean Welsh and Michael Gardyne were just enough to put Inverness back to the top of the table despite a worldy goal from Lee Connelly for the visitors. Inverness deserved the win but made hard work of it before Gardyne scored a superb volley to win the points and ease the fans nerves.

CTO Summary from 19th November: The visitors opened the scoring when Billy Mckay converted a first half penalty. They doubled their lead when he added a second from a superb Carson cross but Queens forced a tense finish when Lee Connelly smashed the ball into the net to give them hope. However Inverness saw out the game to claim the points and move a point behind leaders Kilmarnock who play Arbroath on Saturday. 

Last Time Out

The Caley Jags recovered from a goal down to draw with Raith Rovers last weekend. The points were shared thanks to two spectacular goals from Ethan Ross and Reece McAlear. A poor first half for the hosts saw Raith lead at the break but a better performance after the interval earned a share of the points although Raith will be aggrieved that they never ended their 22 year wait for a win over Inverness.

Queens were deservedly beaten by Kilmarnock in a 2-0 defeat at Palmerston. Alan Johnston had this to say about it on BBC Sport: "It was never a penalty. There was a tug of the shirt but I've seen it again and it was way outside the box. But we continue to give away cheap goals. We have a fight on our hands. That's for sure."

That's something like only four wins in 25 games since Alan Johnston went to Palmerston. The sort of form that gets teams relegated. Unfortunately, on the whole, we seldom take full advantage of this and often find ourselves struggling to dominate these games. That needs to change now if we want to remain interested in topping this league. Showing some urgency from the start would be an improvement on recent offerings. 

Latest Team News

Billy Dodds saw Sean Welsh return last week as a second half substitute against Raith Rovers. Aaron Dorran missed out with a thigh injury and is a major doubt. Youth player Harry Hennem will continue his loan spell at Brora Rangers until the end of the season. More disturbing news though if true is that Scott Allardice is allegedly out for the season if you believe the latest rumours. Another equally disappointing one is that Robbie Deas is the subject of a six figure bid by St Johnstone to lure our defender to McDiarmid Park, following the footsteps of defenders Jamie McCart and Shaun Rooney. Meh!

Next up for scrutiny will be Shane Sutherland...

As an aside, but equally annoying: Daniel Mackay has joined Killie on loan, and loan Ranger Kai Kennedy has gone to Hamilton Accies.

Willie Gibson should return for Queens who should also have former County and Inverness player Alex Cooper plying his trade at left back. Keeper Sol Brynn has been recalled by Middlesbrough but midfielder Don McMahon comes back from his loan to Dalbeattie Star.


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Must win game is, especially for us this season, a grossly overused cliche.

However, this game comes very close. Our record against the bottom five has been very poor this season and significantly worse than any of our promotion rivals.

That just has to change preferably starting tomorrow.

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That’s worrying if Allardice has a long term injury. He did seem to be struggling after picking up a couple of knocks last week prior to being taken off after the second knock.

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Good result for us. A win tomorrow puts us in a good position, particularly if we can beat Dunfermline next week when our rivals are not playing in the league.

We have our issues with injuries and gambling, but now is the time for the team to bond and show what they are really capable on the pitch, no matter how decimated our squad is.

We are a match for anyone in this league. Now is the time to prove it on the pitch!!

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3 minutes ago, Kingsmills said:

Patrick's late equaliser is a real bonus for us.

However, it's essential that we fully  capitalise on it by taking maximum points tomorrow.

Nick Walsh really is a poor referee...

Really really important we win tomorrow now though. 

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7 minutes ago, old caley girl said:

Nick Walsh really is a poor referee...

Really really important we win tomorrow now though. 

It’s always the Nick Walsh show. Only thing missing was a red card. 

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What’s the world coming to when I would have cheered a goal by that Neanderthal Brian Graham 😂

Reassuring that he tries to treat the women’s team as normal human beings…

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Welsh, McAlear and MacGregor in for Duffy, Allardice and Harper. Last two not in squad, and Doran still out too.


Carson Broadfoot Devine Deas

Walsh Welsh McAlear MacGregor

Sutherland Mckay

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Anybody else lost sound from the stream?  Mine went off just as they scored....       

Usual crap from us....  missed chances and lose soft goal, was he offside?


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