Published: 20/12/2011 09:51 - Updated: 20/12/2011 09:57

Butcher praises young duo

Written byby Graham Linton

Caley Thistle manager Terry Butcher
Caley Thistle manager Terry Butcher

CALEY Thistle manager Terry Butcher hailed the performances of Graeme Shinnie and Lee Cox after both impressed upon their return to starting line-up against Rangers.

Left-back Shinnie came back in after a two-month spell out of the side, while midfielder Cox made his first start of the season having previously been troubled by pelvic and groin problems.

Both, however, turned in excellent displays and Butcher was full of praise for the efforts of two of his squad’s younger members.

"Graeme was immense in the first half against Rangers," he said. "That was the best attacking display I’ve seen from a full-back this season. He’s a fantastic professional, just like his brother, who gets on with the job in hand and he certainly did that to great effect on Saturday.

"Lee also came in for his first start even though he’s not had much of a chance to get a lot of game-time under his belt. However, I felt the performance he put in was like the Lee Cox of old in the way that he put himself about in the middle of the park and got stuck in.

"That display has now given him a great platform on which to build and try to stay in the team.

"I thought he was going to tire the more the game went on, but like the rest of the boys, he kept going and really enjoyed it, despite the result not going our way.

"When you consider that Graeme is only 20 old and Lee is 21, it is really encouraging to see young players going to a place like Ibrox and turning in two excellent performances."

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