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Inverness Caledonian Thistle will not write off Elgin City, says Shane Sutherland


By Will Clark

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SHANE Sutherland says Inverness Caledonian Thistle will not underestimate his former club Elgin City when the two teams clash in the SPFL Trust Trophy third round.

Picture - MIchael Schofield. Hamilton Accies(2) v Inverness CT(1). 02.10.21. Inverness Caledonian Thistle's Shane Sutherland gets past Hamilton’s Miko Virtanen and Luke Matheson.
Picture - MIchael Schofield. Hamilton Accies(2) v Inverness CT(1). 02.10.21. Inverness Caledonian Thistle's Shane Sutherland gets past Hamilton’s Miko Virtanen and Luke Matheson.

The Championship leaders travel to Borough Briggs on Saturday to take on Elgin who are struggling in seventh place in League Two.

It is not yet known if head coach Billy Dodds will decide to make a large number of changes to his team, like he did in the previous round when they defeated Highland League outfit Buckie Thistle 4–0.

But Sutherland, who played seven seasons in four different stints at the Moray club, says they will be giving Elgin City full respect, saying they have players who have the ability to cause an upset.

“I played there a long time and there are players I was with still there,” he said.

“They will pose a threat because they are a good team.

“They might not have started the season the way they wanted to do.

“But that doesn’t take away anything from the players that they have got.

“Kane Hester will be out through injury which is a blow for them because he is a big threat.

“But they have good players in Brian Cameron and Russell Dingwall. If we do not go about our business, we could be in for a long day.

“People think because they have not started the league the way they wanted to and got beat by Stirling, they might think it will be easy for us, but it certainly won’t be that.

“It is a big cup game and going back the years there was a rivalry between the two clubs.

“I am sure they will pose a threat, but we will go about our business.”

Caley Thistle suffered their first defeat in the Championship last week, losing 2–1 at Hamilton Academical.

Sutherland says despite the loss, it has been a great start to lead the Championship by three points at this stage.

“We go into every game thinking we can win, we wouldn’t turn up if we didn’t,” he said.

“We had a chat about last week and know where we went wrong, work on it this week and hopefully we will go into the cup game and take our mind off the league.”


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