Inverness Caledonian Thistle’s bid to bounce back from last season’s relegation is beginning to take shape after a disappointing opening to the campaign.
John Robertson’s side lost five of their first seven Ladbrokes Championship games, but have finally clicked in league and cup in recent weeks. Not only are they unbeaten in four games, but the Highland club haven’t conceded a goal in that period.
A largely changed defence including new signings Joe Chalmers and Coll Donaldson has taken some time to gel, but is finally doing so. The latter has been especially impressive in recent weeks, looking faultless at centre-half in the recent trio of league clean sheets.
While the likes of Gary Warren have offered exceptional service at the back, Robertson has seen his side improve with the recent replacement of the old guard with pacy defensive talents.
If the Caley Jags can maintain their impressive defensive record, they can rely on the club’s attacking threats to come good.
Youngster Connor Bell has scored in three of the last six league games, including a clinical clincher as the visitors won 2-0 at Tannadice last time out.
The dynamic Iain Vigurs has also chalked up four goals in this league campaign, including a brace in the 4-0 victory at Glebe Park. That victory underlined the Caley Jags’ potential, as they consigned Brechin City to their joint-heaviest home defeat since August 2015.
In fact, Robertson’s men have scored more goals than five of their nine league adversaries, including two more than Dundee United in the play-off spots.
The Inverness gaffer’s experience could also prove hugely valuable. The 53-year-old secured promotion to the top-flight with the club during his first stint as manager in 2003-04, winning the title. During that campaign, they also suffered a difficult start, before clicking into gear in imperious fashion.
While topping the table this season would be a pretty spectacular achievement from this position, a play-off spot is absolutely possible. Especially so with the current pack all suffering from inconsistency of late.
Next up for Inverness CT is the visit of Dunfermline Athletic on Saturday. The hosts are 6/4 for victory at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, while 4/1 says they Win to Nil for the third time in five games.
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