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Inverness Caledonian Thistle will thrive as Highland derby underdogs at Ross County in Scottish Cup, says Miles Storey


By Alasdair Fraser

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One of Ross County’s past derby tormentors is convinced Caley Thistle can revel in underdog status in tonight’s live-televised showdown.

The Scottish Cup clash in Dingwall re-unites the Highland foes for the first time in two years, with Inverness seeking a first derby win inside 90 minutes in five years and 10 meetings.

Only an extra-time and penalty kicks win in the February 2019 Scottish Cup replay blots County’s unbeaten record dating back to 2016.

In season 2015/16, striker Miles Storey was on loan from Swindon Town and managed a goal in each of three Premiership wins for the Inverness club.

Miles Storey has a good scoring record in his previous Highland derbies. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Miles Storey has a good scoring record in his previous Highland derbies. Picture: Ken Macpherson

Now in a second, permanent spell with the Championship club, Storey is undaunted by the gap in league status after four straight wins.

“There’s definitely excitement among our players for this one, especially given our form in the last four or five games,” Storey said.

“Going in, we haven’t really got much to lose. We’ve hit some good form. I’m sure we’ll give them a good game.

“Anything can happen in the cup as we saw with Brora Rangers against Hearts the other night.

“There’s probably not too much difference between the sides. They have some quality and a fairly big squad, but we’ve got a lot of quality as well.

“They’re at home, but from previous experience with Inverness that hasn’t been too much of a factor. It’s a shame there will be no fans there because it would have drawn a big crowd.

“It is probably quite an even playing field, but maybe more in our favour as we have less to lose.”


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