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Duncan Ferguson looking forward to occasion of Hampden return with Inverness Caley Thistle ahead of Queen's Park clash


By Andrew Henderson

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It has been over 20 years since Duncan Ferguson was last at Hampden Park, but he will lead Caley Thistle out at the national stadium against Queen's Park this weekend.

On that occasion back in the pre-season ahead of the 2002/03 campaign, Ferguson scored for Everton in a 6-0 win that also saw an emerging Wayne Rooney score a hat-trick.

Caley Thistle return to Hampden for the first time since last season's Scottish Cup final – and manager Duncan Ferguson is set to go back for the first time in over 20 years. Picture: James Mackenzie
Caley Thistle return to Hampden for the first time since last season's Scottish Cup final – and manager Duncan Ferguson is set to go back for the first time in over 20 years. Picture: James Mackenzie

Taking the Caley Jags there this weekend will be an altogether different occasion – not in the least because three points will be crucial for ICT to open up a gap over the bottom two spots in the Championship.

"In a competitive match, the last time I was there was probably a cup final," Ferguson recalled.

"I played for Everton there in a pre-season game, but I have not been back in a competitive match since I was a baby!

"It will be good to get back to the national stadium. The grass will be good and they have undersoil heating, so we are all looking forward to it.

"It's a great facility – one we're all proud of – so it will be a good occasion."

Ferguson will once again have to make do without David Carson this weekend, with Nathan Shaw also a serious doubt having missed training all week with a groin injury.

Centre back duo Nikola Ujdur and Morgan Boyes have missed days too, but Ferguson says that has become normal, adding: "Nikola and Morgan have been working well. If they miss days it's difficult, but it is part of football – as long as they perform on Saturday, that's the main thing."


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