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Inverness Caledonian Thistle beating Raith Rovers would send statement to rest of the league, says head coach Billy Dodds


By Will Clark

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HEAD coach Billy Dodds says Inverness Caledonian Thistle could make a huge statement about their intentions in the Championship if they can win their top of the table clash at Raith Rovers tomorrow.

Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness. Inverness CT(2) v Morton(0). 16.10.21. ICT’s Michael Gardyne celebrates his goal with Roddy MacGregor and Billy McKay.
Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness. Inverness CT(2) v Morton(0). 16.10.21. ICT’s Michael Gardyne celebrates his goal with Roddy MacGregor and Billy McKay.

First travels to second at Stark’s Park as Inverness lead the title race by five points ahead of Raith who are ahead of Kilmarnock in second by goal difference.

Inverness have already beaten Raith at the Caledonian Stadium earlier this season as well as defeated Kilmarnock, Partick Thistle and Arbroath all in the top five.

Dodds rates Raith Rovers as the best footballing team in the division, and says if Inverness can grab a victory in Kirkcaldy, it would send a huge message to the rest of the league.

He said: “Probably one of the best, if not the best, footballing sides in the league and that’s taking nothing away from what my team can do. We have ball players as well.

“John McGlynn likes to get his full-backs forward and he loves players in the final third to get the ball and play little one-twos.

“He has coached them really well and they are brilliant at getting forward from midfield and maintaining the ball and they are solid at the back.

“They’ve had a great run and that’s why they are in second place.

“They are going to be a tough opponent.

“We are going to have to be at our very best to take anything from it.”

“It would send a wee statement out and the boys know that.”

He added: “People realise we mean business anyway but going in against Kilmarnock or Raith is a big one.

“They are five points behind us and they will be looking to close the gap.

“If we can win, it would send out a statement but it will be tough.”

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