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Underdog Tag Suits Butcher
Published : 23 Sep 2011 11:31:15
It's a long way back to Inverness from Glasgow if things don't go your way Terry Butcher is frustrated at the criticism of his Inverness team - but does not mind being written off ahead of their trip to Parkhead. The SPL's bottom club have doubts over captain Richie Foran and Gavin Morrison ahead of tomorrow's game at Parkhead. This just adds to their difficult start to the season, which Butcher has described as the worst injury crisis he has faced. However, Inverness have some history in respect of overcoming adversity and beating Celtic, including last season. Celtic's title bid stuttered to a halt in the Highlands at the end of last season when the home side won 3-2 in what was Celtic's game-in-hand over eventual title winners Rangers. Butcher and assistant Maurice Malpas also led their team to a 2-2 draw at Parkhead in December last year. Celtic's last league outing was a 4-2 defeat to their old rivals but they were back to winning ways on Wednesday night when they won 2-0 at Ross County. Even this early in the season, Neil Lennon's men are desperate not to drop more league points. Butcher said: "The lads know if they are not on form it could be a long afternoon. But I just think the way things are, nothing is expected of us. We are bottom of the league, we have conceded goals in every game and a lot of people will be saying it's a home banker. That suits us I think. The pressure is very much on Celtic because they are expected to bounce back. We can go there with a free mind and a good attitude and go and enjoy it, and play the way we can play." Inverness are still without wingers Aaron Doran, Jonny Hayes, midfielders Owain Tudur Jones and Lee Cox and defenders Josh Meekings and Chris Hogg for the trip to Glasgow. Midfielder Gavin Morrison could miss out again with a rib injury while captain Richie Foran is struggling with shoulder and foot problems. Butcher said: "It's certainly very frustrating when people are criticising us and having a go because they don't know what's been going on. They don't appreciate the fact that last week we had seven players out. It's really hard to take because a lot of the players are match-winners. Probably five of the seven are certain starters. That's a hell of a lot of players to miss. We have to make sure everyone else does their job and does it well and grasps the opportunity, because there are opportunities there for everyone. We're trying to get Gavin Morrison and Richie Foran fit but it's touch and go. I did say jokingly that the first 11 off the bus will start the game. Maybe it will be me, Maurice and (secretary) Jim Falconer at the back, and the driver."