Preview Caley Thistle v Rangers

Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Rangers

Terry Butcher dismissed a BBC journalist’s suggestion that his side were suffering from ‘second season syndrome’ as ‘a load of tosh…utter garbage.’ Butcher, however, was man enough to admit that Caley were lucky to take a point off Dunfermline last weekend, their first of the season,

‘I have been handed the DVD of the game and I will look at that from behind the sofa…I will need a couple of drinks to have a look at that one again, that’s for sure. We have been very lucky. Dunfermline will be disappointed that they only got the point because their play probably warranted three.’

One point from a possible nine isn’t the start that Butcher would have hoped for, and things aren’t about to get any easier. Rangers travel to the Highlands for the afternoon kick-off, knowing that a win could put them top of the league, for a few hours at least.

In a week that has seen Madjid Bougherra leave for Qatar, and her majesty’s revenue and customs officers visit Ibrox over the issue of unpaid tax, McCoist will be eager for a positive Rangers story.

What Rangers lack is strength in depth, and the Ibrox injury list going into the Inverness clash is worrying for McCoist, who admits that he may have to rely on youngsters and fringe players.

‘With Sasa Papac, Goian, Weir, Whittaker and Papac all out, that would indicate they have all got a chance of being involved. There are no guarantees, but now might be quite a good time if you are a talented young player at Murray Park.’

Prediction: Away win


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