Butcher eyeing Caley cup run
The Highlanders head into the second round tie at Gayfield on
the back of a 4-2 reverse at the hands of the Scottish champions at
Caley Thistle were trailing 4-0 before netting a couple of late
consolation goals, but Butcher says the cup clash is simply about
ensuring they are in the draw for the next round.
“For us, it’s not a case of putting things right,” he said
“It was a bad day at the office on Saturday and we’ve got next
Sunday to make amends for that in terms of putting on a much better
performance against Motherwell.
“Our thoughts are concerned with making progress in this cup and
getting through this tie – it’s as simple as that.
“We’ve got to do enough on the night to ensure we are in the hat
for the next round. How we do that is immaterial in many
“We had a good chat about the game on Saturday, which is now
history, and we have immediately turned our thoughts to
Inverness lost to lower-league opposition in the competition
last season, and Butcher still remembers the disappointment.
“Bearing in mind what happened last year at Ayr United, the
players who were here certainly won’t take anybody for granted or
underestimate them,” he added.
The Inverness boss would love to deliver the silverware this
term after a disappointing run in the cups so far.
“Kilmarnock won it last year and it would be nice for us to win
“We’ve not had a real cup run since we’ve been here. We never
seem to get further than the quarter-finals so it would be nice if
we could do it,” Butcher said.
Meanwhile, youngster Nick Ross will see a specialist on
Wednesday to determine whether or not he needs surgery after
suffering a dislocated shoulder at the weekend.
“He’s in very good hands but it’s disappointing for him,”
“It’s his first major injury in football. He came in and made
his first start on Saturday and was looking good at that stage.
“We will see what the specialist says and go on his report and
“If he does require an operation, he’s in very good hands here.
If not, his recuperation will be a lot quicker.”