Are Inverness on course for a Ladbrokes Champ title tilt next term?
St Mirren have already wrapped up this season’s Ladbrokes Championship title. And short of a dramatic collapse amongst the current top four, the play-offs are out of reach for Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
However, things are far from gloomy for fans of the Highland club. In fact, John Robertson’s side are in a rich vein of form. They’ve won five and drawn one of their last six matches, scoring 15 times and racking up four clean sheets.
So, will the Caley Jags be the team to beat next term?
Attacking threat all over
Inverness certainly look like a good unit, and much praise has been heaped on their strong defence of late. But what they’ve done at the other end has been as impressive.
Not only are Robertson’s side scoring big at the moment, but those goals are coming from across the park.
Nine different players have netted for Inverness in the last five games. Young strikers George Oakley and Nathan Austin have both been rattling the goals in of late, but attacking threat has come from all over.
However, they’ve got threats all over. Powerful defender Gary Warren chipped in with a crucial goal in the 2-2 draw at St Mirren.
Meanwhile, midfield aces like Liam Polworth and Joe Chalmers have also scored at vital times, and created plenty of chances.
Experienced Robertson has the pedigree
Not only has boss John Robertson won the second-tier as a manager, he’s done it with this very club. On that occasion it took him two seasons, and based on recent evidence Inverness could well be heading back to the big time 12 months from now.
His side have now settled into a regular 4-4-2 system, and it’s working well for them. Oakley and Austin have built a good understanding as a front-two, despite the latter only arriving in January.
There’s no doubt they’re a well balanced side. Robertson has put together a mobile and tricky midfield quartet, with the tenacious Iain Vigurs balancing things out.
They sit ahead one of the toughest – in every sense – backlines in Scottish football. That’s underpinned by rock-solid captain Warren.
Inverness CT head to Dumbarton tonight, looking to make it back-to-back wins over a Sons side they thumped 5-1 at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium on Saturday.
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