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Inverness Caley Thistle record scorer Billy Mckay urges club to tie down David Wotherspoon to longer contract

By Alasdair Fraser

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Billy Mckay is urging Caley Thistle to act swiftly to seal the deal for David Wotherspoon to stay in Inverness beyond January.

The ICT striker’s headed opener against Raith Rovers on Saturday was the latest telling moment in a blossoming partnership with the St Johnstone legend, who arrived as free agent in October.

Wotherspoon has produced three goals – four, if a second strike against Ayr hadn’t been deemed a deflected own goal – and a number of assists in six appearances to date.

Much of the good work has come in linking superbly with six-goal Mckay.

Billy Mckay beats Raith’s Dylan Corr to the ball to head in ICT’s opener in Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Billy Mckay beats Raith’s Dylan Corr to the ball to head in ICT’s opener in Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat. Picture: Ken Macpherson

The Canada international’s terrific delivery from the far right flank set up Mckay’s header, although it proved to be in vain after Raith stormed back to win 2-1.

Mckay, though, is hoping there will be many more moments like it.

“David has provided goals and assists since he’s come in, hitting the ground running straight away,” he said.

“He’s a quality player. He’s probably playing in a different position, more centrally, than he has in the past and we have linked up really well. He put a great ball in on Saturday and I managed to get on the end of it.

“It’s about the result, not about the goal, so we were disappointed, but hopefully David stays. I feel like I have drummed up a good partnership with him.

“If I’m not scoring, he’s been scoring. I know he’s enjoying it, so hopefully he can sign on at least until the end of the season.”

Mckay was naturally deflated by the first defeat the Duncan Ferguson regime has suffered.

His superb 61st minute header was wiped out six minutes from the end by Lewis Vaughan’s deflected strike, before Luis Longridge downed Sam Stanton for a 83rd minute penalty. Jamie Gullan rocketed that one into the top right corner.

Mckay knows there is progress and an uplift in the quality of performances, but feels the team needs to start scoring more goals.

“I feel we can help the team more by scoring the second goal in games,” the 34-year-old said.

“There are positives. We had several chances chance and Max Anderson hit the bar. We have got to score more goals, but we also have to try and see games out better. There have been a few times when we’ve been hanging on at the end.

“There have been steady improvements since the manager has come in and, from Saturday, we have three games in a week so that’s massive. We will go into them with confidence.”

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