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I'm a bit concerned about this. Lower league teams tend to raise their game against Premiership opposition - for some Inverness players it'll be the biggest game of their careers.

Equally concerning is that it might be an audition for some faceless clogger in a FlyBe jersey. A decent performance and they'll earn a place on the County bench next season. 

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5 hours ago, yoda said:

I'm a bit concerned about this. Lower league teams tend to raise their game against Premiership opposition - for some Inverness players it'll be the biggest game of their careers.

Equally concerning is that it might be an audition for some faceless clogger in a FlyBe jersey. A decent performance and they'll earn a place on the County bench next season. 

Truth be told and it's been proven in the past there's usually not much difference between a lower end Premiership team and an upper end Championship team, n'est pas. 

Now I'm not suggesting that is where our teams are at the moment but you'll get my drift.

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On paper should be an easy win for County, better more experienced players, more resources like their massive huge squad many of them close to getting their bus passes. Bigger squad of players than Celtic or Rangers according to Transfermarkt.

But you never know when Yogi is your manager if this is as good as it gets.

Its just a shame there won't be a full house of supporters to go to what used to be the top derby game in Scotland.

 

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5 hours ago, yoda said:

I'm a bit concerned about this. Lower league teams tend to raise their game against Premiership opposition - for some Inverness players it'll be the biggest game of their careers.

Equally concerning is that it might be an audition for some faceless clogger in a FlyBe jersey. A decent performance and they'll earn a place on the County bench next season. 

Brad McKay is by far our best performer this season, leave him alone.

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1 hour ago, SandyCromarty said:

Truth be told and it's been proven in the past there's usually not much difference between a lower end Premiership team and an upper end Championship team, n'est pas. 

Now I'm not suggesting that is where our teams are at the moment but you'll get my drift.

On the contrary, the gulf is enormous.  In a cup game, yeah, but the difference in quality needed to compete consistently in significant. 

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16 minutes ago, Savage Henry said:

On the contrary, the gulf is enormous.  In a cup game, yeah, but the difference in quality needed to compete consistently in significant. 

I'm not even sure that there is an overlap in quality now with Hearts and the bottom three and four in the Premiership.

The standard in the Championship is quite poor.

We came up with a stronger side from the 2nd Division with Steve Paterson as manager than what we have now. This has to be our weakest squad of players since we went full time over 20 years ago, doesn't say much for the rest of the Championship either.

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12 hours ago, Savage Henry said:

On the contrary, the gulf is enormous.  In a cup game, yeah, but the difference in quality needed to compete consistently in significant. 

Maybe so, somebody should have reminded Brora of that.

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Should be fairly straightforward for Ross given the huge gulf in resources between the 2 clubs.  

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This fixture always reminds me of the two occasions a Ross County fan has admitted to me in person that they take greater pleasure in The Caley losing, than they do in Ross County winning. 
 

I have no doubt there’s Ross County fans on here like that too.

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1 hour ago, CountyFan said:

Do we have to? 

Your trepidation is well founded given that in the long history of the amalgamated club* there is a risible record to buck.

I have been alerted to the fact that Ross County have singularly failed to win against the Caley in the Scottish Cup.

If true and given the mismatch in resources, I find this to be an unlikely but satisfying statistic. 

My memory doesn't serve me so well but was it in the Scottish that Philip Roberts scored at the jail end to secure a well deserved draw so very deep into injury time and that just after what would have been a home winner scored at the staunchly sounding jubilee end?

Was that the game and the moment that Derek Adams did his wee grimace dance?

Anyway, I digress and given that 2014/2015 gave us the greatest ever highland sporting achievement, this competition is one I certainly look forward to.

*I see it's almost a century since the staunchly sounding Victoria and Dingwall Thistle got together. I wonder who the centenary game will be against?

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12 hours ago, sophia said:

Your trepidation is well founded given that in the long history of the amalgamated club* there is a risible record to buck.

I have been alerted to the fact that Ross County have singularly failed to win against the Caley in the Scottish Cup.

If true and given the mismatch in resources, I find this to be an unlikely but satisfying statistic. 

My memory doesn't serve me so well but was it in the Scottish that Philip Roberts scored at the jail end to secure a well deserved draw so very deep into injury time and that just after what would have been a home winner scored at the staunchly sounding jubilee end?

Was that the game and the moment that Derek Adams did his wee grimace dance?

Anyway, I digress and given that 2014/2015 gave us the greatest ever highland sporting achievement, this competition is one I certainly look forward to.

*I see it's almost a century since the staunchly sounding Victoria and Dingwall Thistle got together. I wonder who the centenary game will be against?

Probably your best effort ever Sophia, well done. Much better than the usual tedious pish. 

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For this I would go thus:

                                        Ridgers

                    Carson  Devine  Deas  Harper

                                  Allardice  Welsh

                       McGregor  Allan  McKay

                                         Todorov

 

I had a bad feeling about this.  2-0 Ross County.

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1 hour ago, TheScarf said:

For this I would go thus:

                                        Ridgers

                    Carson  Devine  Deas  Harper

                                  Allardice  Welsh

                       McGregor  Allan  McKay

                                         Todorov

 

I had a bad feeling about this.  2-0 Ross County.

Not sure about starting Brad Mckay at left wing to be honest with you.

 

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Scott Allan hasn't started a game since August, I'd say it's more likely he'll start on the bench with the '3' for us being MacGregor, Sutherland and Mackay.  Having said that we might want to go with more experience so perhaps James Keatings could be pushed in, not sure how fit he is at the moment though.

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Will Hughes abandon his tiki taka philosophy for the derby as he used to do when he was in charge at ICT?

We seem to have improved ever since McCann abandoned his "play out from the back at all costs" approach which has seen us grind out some important wins. No point trying to do it if you don't have the players to pull it off or the time to implement it.

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31 minutes ago, ICTChris said:

Scott Allan hasn't started a game since August, I'd say it's more likely he'll start on the bench with the '3' for us being MacGregor, Sutherland and Mackay.  Having said that we might want to go with more experience so perhaps James Keatings could be pushed in, not sure how fit he is at the moment though.

I don’t disagree with what you are saying about Allan but I’d have thought he would only have been allowed up here on loan if he was going to be starting every game he possible can.

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