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Roddy MacGregor hoping to make his own piece of history in Scottish Cup by helping Inverness Caledonian Thistle go on a run

By Andrew Henderson

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Roddy MacGregor would love nothing more than to etch his name alongside the Inverness Caledonian Thistle club legends who have hit headlines in the Scottish Cup.

The Caley Jags face a two-match break from league action now, with a home match against Morton in the Scottish Cup next on the agenda.

It is a competition Inverness have a well-documented history with – from going ballistic against Celtic through to a famous trophy in 2015, even on to recent years under John Robertson where they returned to Hampden Park for a semi final in 2019.

Then just 17 years old, MacGregor was an unused substitute against the Jambos.

So having grown up watching his boyhood club make history, MacGregor is excited at the chance to earn his spot alongside those teams, starting on home turf this Saturday.

“I used to go to a lot of the games, so I was at the cup semi final and final when we won it in 2015 – it’s always a big occasion when you play in the Scottish Cup for Inverness,” he said.

“I’m really looking forward to it on Saturday.

Roddy MacGregor is hoping to write his name alongside Inverness legends as the Scottish Cup this season. Picture: Willie Vass
Roddy MacGregor is hoping to write his name alongside Inverness legends as the Scottish Cup this season. Picture: Willie Vass

“Right the way through when I was growing up, we have always done very well in the Scottish Cup and got through to the latter stages. Even in the last three or four years, we’ve been in a semi final and a quarter final.

“So it’s a really big competition for the club that we’ve got a lot of history in.

“That’s what everyone dreams of when they’re growing up – winning cups, especially the biggest ones in the country.

“It would be amazing to go on a run, and I think on our day we’re a really good side, so hopefully we can just get through to the next round.”

Saturday’s match against Morton, and then an SPFL Trust Trophy quarter final against Raith Rovers next Tuesday, gives ICT a break from the league if nothing else.

It has been a tricky period for Caley Thistle in the Championship, only just snapping a run of five matches without a win last Friday away at Queen of the South.

Thankfully for them, they are still well in the mix at the top of the table as several teams attempt to stake their claim for promotion whether automatically or through the play-offs.

That is a target Inverness have been working towards for years, but that does not mean the pressure is off when they are faced with cup action instead.

In fact, MacGregor believes there are the same stakes for the Caley Jags regardless of which competition they are playing in.

“It’s still another game of football that we need to win,” the 19-year-old midfielder insisted.

“We know it’s going to be tough, and the club has a really good record in the cup so hopefully we’re looking to do the same this year.

“It’s no different, we want to progress as far as we can. It’s a wee break from the league, and hopefully we can progress through to the next round.”

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