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Inverness CT team guide

BBC Sport's guide to Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

How did the Caley Jags finish last season? Having flirted with the top six in the two previous campaigns, Inverness were nowhere near the upper echelons of the table last time. Only 43 points were amassed en route to ninth place.

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Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Manager: Craig Brewster is enjoying his second spell at the helm after a brief, and miserable, time in the Tannadice dugout. The old warhorse has finally hung up his boots, much to the relief of all defenders in the Premier League.

Captain: Grant Munro will continue to lead the Highlanders. A solid and dependable defender, he has made close to 250 appearances for the club.

Scottish top-flight highlights: Give them a chance - Caley Thistle were only formed and admitted to the Third Division in season 1994/95. They made it to the SPL in 2004 and have been fixtures in the top flight ever since...

Inverness legend: Veteran left winger Barry Wilson scored on his Inverness debut - a 3-2 at Queen's Park in November 1996. And he was still banging them in at the end of last season, with two goals in the club's final three matches of term. He left for a three-year spell at Livingston but returned to the Highlands in 2003 and will turn out in a well-earned testimonial against Liverpool later this month.

Inverness midfield star Don Cowie

Star man: Don Cowie enjoyed a good first season with Inverness, following his move from neighbours Ross County.

The 25-year-old shone in what was a pretty disappointing campaign, netting nine goals to finish as the club's top scorer.

He was the hero of a quite incredible December comeback against Celtic, slotting in the winner after the visitors had opened up a 2-0 lead.

Strengths: Few teams relish the prospect of a visit to the Caledonian Stadium - particularly in the winter months when an icy wind blows in across the Beauly Firth. Only four teams managed to win more home games last season.

This could be the breakthrough season for talented youngsters Rory McAllister and Iain Vigurs.

Weaknesses: Only Gretna lost more games on their travels and Brewster will be desperate to rediscover the form that saw them win 10 and draw seven on the road in season 05/06. The squad is a little thin.


Our verdict: If summer signing Andrew Barrowman can supply the goals, Inverness should not have too much to worry about. However, the squad appears to lack the depth of quality required to break into the top six.

see also
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