ICTFC host St Mirren and are looking to keep their good run of form going, as they continue to seek progress up the Ladbrokes Championship table.
Unfortunately, due to poor weather conditions, Caley Thistle's match against Brechin City was postponed this week, and it'll now be played on Tuesday 28th of November.
In their last match, against Falkirk, ICTFC progressed to the Irn-Bru Cup semi-final, where they will face Crusaders at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, and in the process, they broke a club record of 617 minutes without conceding and securing a 7th clean sheet in a row.
INVERNESS CT v ST MIRREN
Tuesday 25th November - 3:00pm
Referee : John McKendrick
Assistants : Paul O’Neill and David Dunne
THE MANAGER : John Robertson
John Robertson told the press in the build up to the match: “We’re looking forward to it. St Mirren, along with Dunfermline, Dundee Utd and Livingston, have had a tremendous start to the season. What’s happened in recent weeks is that a lot of sides around the top are beating and drawing with each other.”
“They’re a very dangerous side, last week was good shooting practice for them against Lothian Thistle as they scored seven goals in the first-half and I’m sure Jack [Ross] will be absolutely delighted with that.”
“The game down there was a terrific match, a great advert for the division, six goals scored and there could have been four or five more easily. I’m sure it’ll be the same on Saturday, there will be chances at both ends.”
“As I say, coming forward they’re a huge threat but so are we. I think it’ll be similar to the Falkirk and Dunfermline matches here as both sides will play to win the match.”
“They don’t fear us and we don’t fear them, and that all points to what could be an absolutely cracking match.”
St Mirren arrive in Inverness three points behind leaders Dundee United, as they sit in second place in the Ladbrokes Championship.
Only Dunfermline have found the net more frequently than the Buddies, with the Saints scoring 24 goals in their opening 12 matches. They hit seven goals past Lothian Thistle last Saturday, with all their goals coming in the first half.
Cammy Smith, Lewis Morgan and Gavin Reilly have proved to be a deadly front three this season with them all on five Championship goals for the campaign to date.
Brad Mckay’s suspension carries over as the Brechin City match was postponed. The rest of the squad remains fit and available for selection.
John Baird had the following to say before the match: “I think it’s a winnable game. With Dundee Utd, we’re probably the form team in the league and I don’t imagine anybody wanting to come up here right now. I remember being a player [coming here] myself and I didn’t fancy it at times but we’re definitely going in the right direction.”
Head to Head : ICTFC Wins : 27 - Draws : 15 - St Mirren Wins : 10
Last Meeting : St Mirren 4-2 ICTFC (9/09/2017)
ICTFC were disappointed to be beaten by the Saints in the first meeting between the sides this season at the Paisley 2021 Stadium. John Baird thought he’d put ICTFC ahead in the opening exchanges but had his effort ruled out for offside.
Lewis Morgan put the Saints ahead with a deflected strike past Mark Ridgers in the first half. In the second half, John Baird put ICTFC level with a great close-range finish.
Gregor Buchanan put the Saints ahead again with a header past Ridgers, before Liam Polworth was played in by Connor Bell and made it 2-2. However, Quick-fire goals from Cammy Smith and Ian McShane secured victory for the hosts.
|W||Falkirk (H) 1-0||W||Lothian Thistle (A) 7-1|
|D||Livingston (A) 0-0||L||Dundee Utd (A) 1-2|
|W||Dunfermline (H) 1-0||D||D Morton (H) 2-2|
|W||Dundee Utd (A) 2-0||D||D Falkirk (A) 0-0|
|D||Falkirk (A) 0-0||W||W Dumbarton (A) 2-0|
|W||Peterhead (H) 3-0||L||Raith Rovers (H) 1-3|
ICTFC (V Falkirk) : Ridgers, Raven, Mckay, Donaldson, Tremarco, Cooper (Doran 72), Vigurs, Polworth, Chalmers, Baird (Oakley 79), Bell (Calder 86)
St Mirren (V Lothian Th) : Samson, MacPherson, Baird, Davis, Stelios, McShane (Hilson 57), McGinn, Morgan (Sutton 71), Smith, Magennis, Reilly (Stewart 67).