McEwan Fraser Legal   Subway Korrie Renewables Allied Surveyors Scotland errea  



alloaathletic new
ICTFC Alloa Ath
3PM, August 25th
Ladbrokes Championship
Full Fixture List
Pos Team Pld Pts
2. Morton 2 4
3. Ayr United 2 4
4. Inverness CT 2 4
5. Dundee Utd 2 3
6. Dunfermline 2 3
Full League Table
  • Donald Alex Morrison signs professional contract +

          Inverness Caledonian Thistle are delighted to announce that Donald Alex Morrison has signed a professional contract with the club. Donald Alex, from Read More
  • Match Report and Reaction: ICTFC 1-2 Dunfermline +

      Match Report: ICTFC 1-2 Dunfermline     Written by Adam Sturrock   A second half flurry of chances wasn't enough to get the winner Read More
  • FREE Digital Matchday Programme - Dunfermline +

    Issue Four of the FREE ICTFC Digital Matchday Programme is out now!  This Issue contains: An exclusive chat with ICTFC new boy Tom Walsh  Pre-match Read More
  • How to add Friends and Family on TicketHour +

    How to add Friends and Family  Step One: Log In   Step Two: Select Friends and Family   Step Three: Select Invite Friends and Family Read More
  • Club Statement: 13/08/18 +

    Inverness Caledonian Thistle were saddened and angered to learn of sustained verbal abuse directed at one of our players and his family by a small Read More
  • How to add Cup Tickets in TicketHour +

    Step One: Log In   In a browser (phone, tablet or PC) and type in:  Sign in to your Account (if you haven't set Read More
  • Match Report: Inverness CT 0-0 Ayr Utd +

    Written by Adam Sturrock  ICTFC failed to take advantage against ten man Ayr United, as it ended in a goal-less draw during the Caley Jags' Read More
  • FREE Digital Programme - Ayr Utd +

    Issue Three of the official ICTFC Digital programme is out now! This issue contains: An exclusive chat with Caley Jags vice-captain Aaron Doran, as he Read More
  • Tribute to Alan Hercher +

    Inverness Caledonian Thistle is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of its first club captain, Alan Hercher, who has died at the age of Read More
  • U17 League Winners to be honoured +

    The success of Inverness Caledonian Thistle's Under 17 squad in winning their national league title last season is to be marked on Saturday at the Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10

150214 stmirren crowd 001St Mirren 1 v 2 Inverness CT

It’s one of the great privileges of writing this column that it doesn’t have to be churned out straight after the game [That's changing soon - Ed], when perceptions can be clouded by what has only just happened and what you write is in isolation. I’m lucky. I can read what others have written, digest that and then formulate a view that takes it all into consideration. This week, we have considered that a Scottish media love fest for Caley Thistle finally started...and on Valentine’s Day of all days..!

150214 stmirren tansey 001New St. Mirren Park is a happy place for Inverness, and one that the players genuinely seem to like playing at. The facilities, pitch and infrastructure like the indoor football dome outside are aspirational and the place welcoming. So it proved on Saturday as what the BBC’s Jonathan Sutherland refered to as the Caley Thistle “juggernaut” rolled into town.

If it is a juggernaut, it started with the speed and finesse of a finely tuned Ferrari as the side, with Ryan Christie starting in place of James Vincent, simply blew St. Mirren away. Greg Tansey dispatched an acute Graeme Shinnie cutback with an arrow finish past Ridgers before four minutes had elapsed and the Ferrari roared into top gear.

John Hughes, happy to see his team draw level with Aberdeen, rued his team’s lack of a ruthless cutting edge though. He said: “Our first-half performance was exquisite, but the game should have been over at half-time had we taken our chances.” He wasn’t wrong, and even the normally lugubrious Gary Warren was quoted as saying that Inverness “should have been four or five up” by half time. Such was the ferocity of the Inverness attack that St. Mirren’s defence looked powerless to react, never mind counter it as Inverness created chance after chance.

150214 stmirren shinnie 001Therein lies the rub. Caley Thistle tend (especially away from Home) to tear into oppositions with such intensity and tempo that maintaining it for ninety minutes is nigh on impossible. Add that to the fact that especially away from home, those oppositions feel obliged to attack at the outset and there is a recipe for getting in behind them. It’s happening again and again and it’s almost impossible to play against.

Invariably, those sides stiffen the midfield after half time inquests that can only be imagined and things become tougher for Caley Thistle. To be fair that only happened at St. Mirren after a sublime second for the Caley Jags that was a joy to watch.

150214 stmirren christie 003The resurgent Nick Ross, after sitting out a fair portion of the season thus far on the bench is showing the midfield mastery he is capable of. His close control is a joy, and is being used to the full in those tight triangles that Inverness use with devastating effect to play through the opposition. His sublime flick in front of David Raven was judged to perfection, and the full back ran on to it as Naismith failed to get there on time. He had left a gaping hole in the St. Mirren rearguard that was rapidly filled by Ryan Christie, the pass was made and a sweeping finish dispatched beyond Ridgers. That a crestfallen Saints scored through Jim Goodwin’s crashing header was a sideshow in reality as Inverness finished the game with the majority of the possession, the better chances and all of the points.

It was, if you are of a blue and red persuasion, wonderful to watch and the reviews reflected that:

“Caley continued to look like they could have played with a cigar in one hand and a malt in the other such was the consummate ease they bossed every area against a dismal Paisley outfit” (Scotsman),

“Confidence is brimming throughout Caley Thistle, easily one of the most entertaining teams in the top flight and unbeaten in eight games so far in 2015 – seven of them victories” (Daily Record)

“The race is well and truly on second place in the Premiership as Inverness stretched their unbeaten run to eight matches and drew level on points with second top Aberdeen” (Herald)

Indeed that race is developing into a fascinating three way slugging match that will see Celtic, Aberdeen and Caley Thistle battle out the top places in the Premiership. There are, however, crucial battles to come and the home and away matches with Dundee United (starting next Tuesday) and away to Aberdeen (early April) could prove pivotal. Let’s not look too far ahead though and just enjoy, for the moment, being the best team in the land.

All our latest videos at Photos by Report by Davie Balfour

Twitter facebook youtube
carboot sale
invcomp 125 munros 125
01463 222880
redpoppy hspc 125
ladbrokes Championship 0214
BT Sport
SKY Sports