Match Preview: Ross County (A): (20/09/18)
Inverness Caledonian Thistle take on Ross County in the first Highland Derby of the season in Dingwall. The sides sit first and second in the Championship table, with the Caley Jags currently one point ahead of the Staggies.
The Manager: John Robertson
“Neither ourselves or Ross County want to be playing a Derby game in the Championship. I’ve always said, for the region, I didn’t want Ross County to come down. It’s important for the region that we have a presence in the Premiership, that’s why we didn’t want them down.”
“For the fans it’ll be exciting and a big occasion, they’ll be looking forward to it. They’ll be like the players, they’ll be nervous hoping for a positive result and from our perspective that’s what we want to give them.”
George Oakley has been ruled out for 6-8 weeks with a hamstring injury. Shaun Rooney has trained all week.
County sit one point behind the Caley Jags in second spot after a good start to the season. Co-Managers Stuart Kettlewell and Steve Ferguson were busy in the summer following the club’s relegation the Championship, bringing in a total of 10 players this summer. Among the County ranks are former ICTFC players Iain Vigurs, Don Cowie, Ross Draper and Bill Mckay
Ross County Wins: 15 Draws: 14 ICTFC Wins: 26
ICTFC Ross County
W Partick Th (H) 3-2 D QoS (A) 0-0
W Dunfermline (A) 3-0 W Raith Rovers (H) 5-0
D Alloa (H) 2-2 W Falkirk (H) 2-0
L Dunfermline (H) 1-2 L Morton (A) 2-1
D Ayr Utd (H) 0-0 L Hibs (A) 3-2
Ross County (V QoS): Fox, Fontaine, Morris, Draper, Gardyne (Kelly 78’), Cowie (Stewart 88’), Lindsay, Vigurs, Mullin, McManus (McKay 70’), Graham
ICTFC (v Partick Th): Ridgers, Rooney (McCart 42), Mckay, Donaldson, Tremarco, Chalmers, Welsh, Doran (Calder 76), Walsh, Polworth, White (Oakley 69)
ICTFC supporters will not be able to buy tickets over the phone today or tomorrow from Ross County. Ross County are selling tickets in person at their Matchday Ticket Office from 10am. Supporters should be aware there is very limited parking at the ground for this game. Any tickets that were uncollected will be at County’s ground for collections.