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Miles Storey hopes to add to Highland derby goal tally as the Inverness Caledonian Thistle striker gears up for a return to Dingwall

By Alasdair Fraser

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Miles Storey has navigated three transfer moves in the five years since Caley Thistle last won the Highland derby inside 90 minutes.

So the striker reckons it is about time the Inverness men turned the tables on their Dingwall foes.

While John Robertson’s side triumphed after penalty kicks in the February 2019 Scottish Cup replay, a full 10 games have passed since they last prevailed in ordinary time.

Storey missed out on all the disappointment during spells with Aberdeen and Partick Thistle and his own derby memories are much sweeter – three wins from four, and a goal in each of the Premiership tussles of 2015/16.

Miles Storey has an impressive scoring record for Caley Thistle in Highland derbies. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Miles Storey has an impressive scoring record for Caley Thistle in Highland derbies. Picture: Ken Macpherson

The last, in March 2016, is fondly remembered in Inverness, with Caley Thistle raining on the Staggies’ League Cup trophy parade.

Almost 6000 fans at Victoria Park saw the then-Swindon loanee Storey netting with a stunning dipping volley to seal a 3–0 win.

Preparing for a return to Dingwall tomorrow, Storey said: “My first Highland derby came quite soon after my move to the club, and I didn’t really know what it was all about. By my second and third derbies, I knew exactly what these games meant. It’s a great rivalry and occasion.

“We always played well. Whatever we put out, they always seemed to struggle. It feels like yesterday to me, but it is now two completely different teams. I’m sure it will be cagey, but both teams have quality and anything can happen.”

Storey stressed there would be no inferiority complex among the visiting party, despite the gap in divisions.

He added: “When Caley Thistle dropped to the Championship, results swung the other way a little bit, but that’s one reason why we’re looking forward to the game so much.

“County have gone back up and stayed in the Premiership. We’re trying to get back there. There’s a buzz about our group and we won’t have any fear heading there.”

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