ICTFC head to Glebe Park looking to build on their draw against Morton last weekend and looking for their first three points of their league campaign.
Gary Warren marked his return from injury with a first half goal, as he met Liam Polworth’s free-kick in the box. The game was level just after half-time after Robert Thomson’s header beat Mark Ridgers.
Inverness now turn their attention to Brechin City as the club face each other in a league match for the first time since 2004.
Brechin City FC v Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC
26th August 2017, Glebe Park, 3.00pm Kick Off
Referee: Mat Northcroft Assistants: Andrew McWilliam and Garry Farmer
John Robertson said during the build up to the match: “It’s an important game. We played on Saturday against Morton and felt we should have had the game easily tied up at half-time. We ended up hanging on for a point, there’s a wee bit of nervousness about us and we have to sort that out but the only way of doing that is by winning games.”
“We need to go down there and in a tough arena and a tough place to get three points and bring them back north.”
“Brechin had a lot of players that weren’t available last time we played them and have now come available for them. The League cup comes early and you have to go with what you’ve got and we had only been in the club ten days. They will have certainly improved, Darren will feel he’s got his squad back fully fit and ready and they were unlucky at Tannadice last week.”
Brechin gained promotion to the Ladbrokes Championship last season via the play-offs, with dramatic wins over Raith Rovers and Alloa.
They have taken one point from their opening three games, with them earning their point in a 2-2 draw with Livingston at Glebe Park. Last weekend, they ran league leaders Dundee Utd close with a late Scott McDonald goal earning United the three points.
City are managed by former Caley Jags fans favourite, Darren Dods and he was signed by John Robertson in his first stint as ICTFC boss.
Dods is still registered to play, and has experienced options in his squad including goalkeeper Graeme Smith and, the club’s top scorer last season, Andy Jackson. Brechin also have several young talents including Euan Spark, Ally Love and Aron Lynas.
Head to Head : Brechin City Wins: 3 - Draws: 3 - ICTFC wins: 8
ICTFC : Collin Seedorf misses the game through suspension after a late second yellow against Morton at the weekend. Aaron Doran, Zak Elbouzedi and Carl Tremarco remain out with long term injuries. Tremarco is back in full training but not yet ready for first team football and is still some way off it. Felitciano Zschusschen has been ruled out for Saturday’s match. While, Charlie Trafford and Riccardo Calder have picked up knocks with Gary Warren and Brad Mckay having both aggravated ankle injuries. Trafford, Calder, Warren and Mckay will be assessed on Friday in the hope that they will be available for Saturday.
Brechin City : Ryan McGeever is ruled out with a fractured hand and Gary Fusco is a doubt with a back injury.
Last meeting between the sides : ICTFC 3-0 Brechin City (15/07/2017)
The sides met early in the season, in the group stages of the Betfred Cup, with ICTFC running out comfortable 3-0 winners thanks to a first half double from captain Gary Warren and a second half header by George Oakley.
Warren’s double came in quick succession as he met a Liam Polworth corner to put the Caley Jags ahead and he then diverted Polworth’s shot into the back of the net after a quick free-kick from Iain Vigurs.
It was a dominate display by the Caley Jags in the curtain raiser for the start of the season and a great start to our Betfred Cup campaign. The match was the first for new manager John Robertson, back in the ICTFC home dugout for the first time in 13 years.
|D||Morton (H) 1-1||L||Dundee Utd (A) 0-1|
|L||Dunfermline (A) 1-5||L||Buckie Thistle (A) 1-2|
|L||Dundee Utd (H) 0-1||D||Livingston (H) 2-2|
|W||Forfar Athletic (A) 2-1||L||Queen of the South (A) 1-4|
|L||Falkirk (H) 0-2||L||Falkirk (H) 0-3|
|D||Stirling Albion (A) 0-0||L||Stirling Albion (A) 2-1|
ICTFC (v Morton) : Mark Ridgers, Collin Seedorf, Gary Warren, Brad Mckay, Joe Chalmers, Liam Polworth, Charlie Trafford, Iain Vigurs, Riccardo Calder (Jake Mulraney 69), John Baird (Connor Bell 62), George Oakley (David Raven 90).
Brechin City (v Dundee Utd) : Graeme Smith, Aron Lynas (Chris O’Neil 86), Sean Crighton, Paul McLean, Willie Dyer, James Dale, Jordan Sinclair, Kalvin Orsi, Finn Graham, Euan Spark (Liam Watt 72), Andy Jackson (Isaac Layne 81).