Home   Sport   Article

Billy Mckay wants Inverness Caledonian Thistle to bounce back and win promotion to the Championship

By Will Clark

Register for free to read more of the latest local news. It's easy and will only take a moment.

Click here to sign up to our free newsletters!

BILLY Mckay says he is looking to stay on at Inverness Caledonian Thistle and help them win promotion from League One back to the Championship next season.

The 35-year-old striker says he will be looking to see out the remainder of the 12 months left on his contract at the Caledonian Stadium.

He was speaking after Inverness Caledonian Thistle lost the Championship Play-Off final against Hamilton Academical 5-3 on aggregate.

Inverness will now play in the third tier of Scottish football for the first time in 25 years as they look to life in League One.

Club officials are set to hold a board meeting to discuss how the club will progress forward for the 2024/25 season in League One on Monday.

It has also previously been reported that Caley Thistle will be restructuring its finances as of June 1 with all aspects of the club’s operations being reviewed.

Mckay, who has scored a record 111 goals for the club, says he has every intention of being at the club next season and looking to help Inverness win promotion at the first time of asking.

He said: "I have still got a contract for next year. My plan at the moment is to come back.

"A lot of things are up in the air at the minute with everyone and a lot more will probably come to light in the next few weeks in terms of the direction the club is going to go.

"I am contracted, and I fully expect to be here next season. I want to get the club back.

"It's hard right now. But look at Hamilton, who went down last year, and they've come straight back up.

"That's exactly what we want to do next season. It's hard to speak about next season right now. It's hurting and it's sad.

"It's so tough. I feel sick, sad, down and all the words you use when you're not feeling too good.

"It's one of the lowest points of my career and I've had some bad times. This is one of the worst I've felt.”

Mckay says it didn’t help not knowing for sure the direction the club are set to go in the next few weeks.

But he says it should never have had an impact on their performances and finishing second bottom, and ultimately relegation.

He said: “"Does it help? No, but should it affect where we finish? No.

"Ultimately, it is down to the lads on the pitch to put the performances in.

"When you look at performances, we missed out by one point of staying up automatically.

"You go back to that Raith game when we were brilliant and lost 1-0. That day summed up our season.

"It's been a tough season personally too. It has clearly not gone the way I wanted it to, for the club and personally. I want to bounce back and have a really positive year.”

He added: "It's not about what happened on Saturday, or about individuals. It's about the accumulation throughout the season.

"I absolutely didn't think we were the second-worst team in the Championship, but we found ourselves there and we had a tough time trying to stay up and it's not happened.

Do you want to respond to this article? If so, click here to submit your thoughts and they may be published in print.

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More