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New signing says Inverness Caley Thistle can get back to top flight

By Will Clark

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New signing Manny Duku believes Caley Thistle have the potential to be promoted to the Premiership stating the Championship title race is wide open this year.

Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness..See story..Inverness CT’s 1st day back at training at Fort George for the new season ahead..
Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness..See story..Inverness CT’s 1st day back at training at Fort George for the new season ahead..

The Dutch striker says there is not one team in the division which can claim they are going to win the title at a canter like in previous seasons.

Hearts lived up to pre-season expectations last season when they romped to the league title, winning promotion by 12 points.

In previous seasons, Ross County, St Mirren, Hibernian and Rangers also cruised to the Championship title leaving everyone else in their wake.

But Duku (28) who signed from Raith Rovers last month, does not see the same threat from relegated teams Hamilton Academical or Kilmarnock, or anyone else in the division.

He believes if Inverness can achieve consistency, they could be in contention for the Championship title and promotion back to the top flight.

“When you look at the teams that came down, one is a team in rebuild and the other is a team which should not be feared,” said Duku.

“If we start well, and we can keep our consistency, we are sure that we can win the league, if we can stay consistent throughout the year.”

Duku played for Raith Rovers last season who finished third in the table and reached the Premiership Play-off semi final before being knocked out by Dundee.

However, Raith Rovers failed to score against Inverness in all three league games.

Duku says with the players from last season still at the club, along with new additions, they have what it takes to be among the top teams in the division this season.

“I think the team is very good and I look at the performances against Raith Rovers last season, they had the better of us, we didn’t score a goal in the three games against them.

“There has been more experience brought into the squad so this team can be very competitive.

“In my first year in Scotland Raith got to the play-offs, so now I want to get promotion.

“I have a target for goals, but that is something that I will keep to myself as during the season many things can happen.”

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