Inverness CT V Dundee Utd at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium : Match Preview

26 February 2013 07:01
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Butcher sure McNamara will change demeanour in SPL

Inverness manager Terry Butcher has told Jackie McNamara he will soon be "ranting and raving" on the sidelines like him despite his seamless transition to top-flight management.

Dundee United have only lost one out of five games, against Celtic, since McNamara moved from Partick Thistle to Tannadice less than two years into his managerial career.

McNamara displays the same quiet authority as a manager that saw him captain Celtic and become a Scotland regular.

But Butcher insists that cannot last in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League as he prepares to welcome United to the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium.

Butcher said: "Jackie is great. He was an excellent player and has obviously done very well at Partick Thistle as a manager.

"He has a good team around him and also a good team on the pitch as well.

"He has come in and put down his philosophy but he hasn't changed a lot, because there is no need to really change much because they have a good side there and a side that is more than capable of winning matches and climbing the league.

"When you look at Jackie on the sidelines, he just stands there with his arms folded and doesn't really say a lot.

"I'm sure that will change, I'm sure he will be ranting and raving and screaming and doing everything that we normally do, the rest of the managers.

"I'm sure he will get into that habit but he looks cool, calm and collected and he is in charge of some excellent players."

Centre-back Gary Warren misses his first game of the season through suspension. but Josh Meekings returns from a back strain to partner Danny Devine in central defence.

Captain Richie Foran is set to miss out again with a knee injury while Simon King (ankle) and Chris Hogg (knee) remain on the sidelines.

McNamara has challenged his side not to give Inverness any added incentiv.

The Tangerines head north knowing a win would take them to within just a point of Butcher's side in their quest to climb the table as they look to finish the season with a flurry.

McNamara watched his side concede two goals in last Sunday's 2-2 SPL draw with Hibernian at Tannadice, a game in which United required a late penalty from Johnny Russell to earn a share of the spoils.

And McNamara does not want to see a repeat of any slack defending when they head to the Highlands for their important SPL clash.

McNamara said: "Hopefully we have learned our lesson from that point of view. It's something we have to work on and have got to do better. Inverness have been playing well this season and thoroughly deserve to be where they are in the league, which is second top.

"They score a lot of goals so obviously we want to keep things tight at the back and not help them in any way. We were annoyed at the goals which we lost against Hibs but that's in the past and we have to try and improve on that."

McNamara takes his side to the Highlands to face Euro-chasing Inverness and knows they will have to be firing on all cylinders if they are to return to Tayside with all three points. He said: "We know it will be nothing other than a difficult game.

"It will be a test for the lads and we have to start the game better than we did against Hibs when we were slow to get going. Having watched Inverness, it's clear they have had good legs and can get about the park so they are dangerous opponents.

"But we have to focus on our own strengths and hopefully take the game to them. The league is so tight that a few wins can make a big difference which is what we're aiming for."

United have signed Swedish defender Marcus Tornstrand but the 23-year-old free agent will not feature at Inverness as he works to build up his match fitness. Gavin Gunning is sidelined following a knee operation but McNamara has no fresh injury worries.

Source: PA