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Midfielder says Inverness Caledonian Thistle made statement with win at Kilmarnock

By Will Clark

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RODDY MacGregor says Inverness Caledonian Thistle made a statement about their Championship ambitions by winning at title favourites Kilmarnock last weekend.

Roddy MacGregor and Manny Duku celebrate with Michael Gardyne after he scored against Kilmarnock. Picture by Callan Media
Roddy MacGregor and Manny Duku celebrate with Michael Gardyne after he scored against Kilmarnock. Picture by Callan Media

But he says there is still a long way to go in the title race, saying the squad are remaining grounded despite their excellent start to the campaign.

Inverness are three points clear at the top of the Championship ahead of Partick Thistle in second and Kilmarnock in third place.

Caley Thistle could have been argued to have been flying under the radar with wins against Arbroath, Raith Rovers and Ayr United.

But MacGregor recognises victory at Rugby Park has made the rest of the division stand up and take notice of what they are capable of.

“The result was a statement,” admitted MacGregor.

“But we know Kilmarnock are still the favourites with their budget, but we will keep doing our thing and pick up as many points as we can.

“We were happy to go under the radar picking up points, but we won’t let the noise from the other side affect us.

“We have started really well with the results and we knew Saturday was going to be our biggest game of the season so far.

“We are delighted to get the three points and carry on the momentum.”

Saturday’s top of the table clash saw Caley Thistle limit Kilmarnock to only a few chances, with Michael Gardyne’s fifth minute strike proving to be the difference.

MacGregor says despite four consecutive wins, he believes there is far more to come from the squad.

Speaking about winning all their league matches 1–0 so far, he said: “It never happens at the start of the league campaign, but it reiterates how solid we have been.

“We could probably score more goals, but we have not hit our full capacity yet which is promising for us too.

“But we will take 1–0 wins, all that matters is we win games.”

Coming out victorious in the top of the table clash at Kilmarnock, MacGregor says the team proved they could handle the big occasion.

“We knew that it was going to be, as we were both on maximum points.

“It was a big game where a win would take us to the next level and help us kick on.

“We knew what we had to do and we managed to come away with three points and everyone is delighted.

“That is a credit to ourselves, we never gave them any clear cut chances, Mark Ridgers made a good save in the second half, but there wasn’t too many and the defence was solid as was the whole team.

“The defence starts from the front and all the boys are looking to keep that going.”

Inverness Caledonian Thistle take a break from the Championship when they take on Highland League outfit Buckie Thistle in the second round of the SPFL Trust Trophy at the Caledonian Stadium on Saturday.

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