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Inverness are looking to become a force in shinty within decade

By Will Clark

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MANAGER Drew McNeil says Inverness are capable of reaching the Premiership within the next decade.

Inverness coach Drew McNeil. Picture: Neil Paterson
Inverness coach Drew McNeil. Picture: Neil Paterson

The club are on the right track upwards as they currently lead North Division One by a point in the third tier of shinty.

Inverness have also performed well against higher tier opposition this season, pushing Premiership outfit Kilmallie all the way in a 3–2 defeat in the MacTavish Cup and losing 1–0 to National Division club Strathglass in the Camanachd Cup.

Inverness were demoted to North Division One in 2020, but McNeil says he is encouraged with the progress he has seen from the club this season.

He is confident the future is bright for the club, which many consider a sleeping giant in the game.

He said: “In five to 10 years I would expect us to be in the Premiership and at most seven to eight years.”

“That is our plan for the club and our aims are on target.

“In 2015 we had a small club with zero pathways available.

“Now we are in multiple schools with multiple school teams, running two under-14 teams and two under-17 teams and women’s teams.”

Inverness are currently top of North Division One and are on target for promotion to the National Division again.

McNeil says things are going well so far, but says his team can’t afford to be complacent.

“We can’t get beyond ourselves at the moment, as we are mostly playing reserve teams in our league,” he said.

“But we have done well against higher league opposition in the cup competitions.

“We know that we can compete with teams in the National Division at the moment.

“The players are really keen to win North Division One which is great to see and is what we’re about developing at Inverness.

“We hope to stay on top and get promotion by winning the league.”

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