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Caley Thistle are playing host to Coventry City at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium on Saturday, July 21 at 3pm.

Ironically, manager Terry Butcher spent 15 months as Coventry player-manager 20 years ago after leaving Rangers.

Coventry, founder members of the English Premiership, were relegated from the Championship in May and manager Andy Thorn sees their Highland pre-season safari as vital to their bid to bounce straight back.

"We're delighted to play at Inverness", said Thorn, "and it is the perfect way to round off a week's preparation in the Highlands. Terry Butcher has done well at Caley Thistle and it should be a hard game for us.

"But facing Terry's team is a key part of our preparation for the new season. Our players believe in themselves and their ability but they'll know we need to add plenty of hard work if we want a quick return to the Championship.

"The Highland training camp should help get our conditioning spot on for our opening League 1 match at Yeovil Town on August 18."

James McPake, the Northern Ireland international centre half, who scored for Hibs in the Scottish Cup final in May, has returned to Coventry City after his loan spell at Easter Road.

Caley Jags Chairman Kenny Cameron said: "It will be great to be able to give our supporters an attractive Saturday afternoon fixture so they can take the opportunity to have a look at our group of new players who will be in place by the end of this month."

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