RANGERS take on Inverness in the Scottish Premiership tonight and we’ve pulled together everything about the fixture in one handy place.
NICKNAME: Caley Thistle
STADIUM: Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
GROUND CAPACITY: 7512
PITCH SIZE: 105m x 68m
MANAGER: Richie Foran
REFEREE: Steven McLean
ASSISTANTS: Graeme Leslie, David Roome
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Alan Muir
KICK OFF: 19:45
COMPETITION: Ladbrokes Premiership
CALEY SEASON SO FAR:
Inverness are currently at the foot of the Premiership table with just nineteen points from twenty five games, and have drawn three of their last five games, losing the other two.
Last weekend, Richie Foran’s men made the trip to Edinburgh to face Ian Cathro’s Hearts side and left with a share of the spoils after Carl Tremarco opened the scoring in the 24th minute of the game before Arnauld Djoum equalised in the second half.
The Light Blues have faced Inverness twice this season so far, once at home and once away in the Premiership, winning both games by a single goal in hard fought encounters.
RANGERS: Rangers are unlikely to have Clint Hill available after the Gers defender came off with an injury in the first half of the game against Dundee. Jon Toral will come back into contention after shrugging off an illness that ruled him out against Dundee. Lee Wallace missed the trip to Dens Park at the weekend, but has been in training this week.
INVERNESS: Gary Warren, Brad McKay and Iain Vigurs are back from suspension for the game against Rangers, with Billy King also available for selection after missing the game against his parent club Hearts.
INVERNESS ALL MATCHES:
INVERNESS LEAGUE MATCHES:
INVERNESS AWAY MATCHES:
#INVGERS LAST FIVE RESULTS:
W – 24/12/2016 HOME PREMIERSHIP 1-0
W – 14/10/2016 AWAY PREMIERSHIP 1-0
W – 16/09/2014 HOME LEAGUE CUP 1-0
L – 31/10/2012 HOME LEAGUE CUP 0-3
W – 26/02/2012 AWAY LEAGUE 4-1
RANGERS LAST FIVE LEAGUE RESULTS:
L – 19/02/2017 AWAY DUNDEE 1-2
D – 04/02/2017 HOME ROSS COUNTY 1-1
L – 01/02/2017 AWAY HEARTS 1-4
W – 28/01/2017 AWAY MOTHERWELL 2-0
L – 31/12/2016 HOME CELTIC 1-2
OPPOSITION MANAGER VIEW
Inverness Manager, Richie Foran (via BBC): “They should be feeling a bit fragile and hopefully we can take advantage of that. Friday night, we can get off the bottom of the table. How good would that be for the club, for the supporters, for the players?”
“We enjoy evening games. Going back the park we haven’t worked hard enough this season. We’ve let too many runners off us, we’ve conceded too many easy goals but that changed against Hearts and it has to be the same again.
“Going forward, we’ve looked good this season. We look as if we can score goals. Going back the park, we’ve looked open, we looked lazy at times. They know if they work just as hard going back the park, we can go and get draws, we can go and get victories against the good, good teams.
“Hearts are a strong, strong team – a very, very good side, as Rangers are. Our belief now has gone up a notch, that’s for sure. We’re creating a lot of chances, we’ve got to take more of them. That’s why we’ve got [January signing] Billy Mckay in the team as well – he will take those chances.”
- Kris Boyd is the top scorer in the fixture, having scored eight goals in league meetings between the sides, including the only hat-trick to date, in November 2008. Barry Ferguson has four goals to his name, while Kenny Miller moved onto three with his winner in the first meeting this season. Craig Dargo is top of the ICT list with three goals.
- The most common scoreline in league games between Rangers and ICT is 1-1. This result has occurred in no fewer than six of the 22 meetings and, to date, is the only scoreline for a drawn match between the sides.
- Rangers’ biggest victory in the fixture came in November 2008 when they ran out 5-0 winners at Ibrox. All three of the ICT league victories to date have been by a one-goal margin, including a 2-1 home victory in December 2006 – one of only two times that ICT have scored more than one goal in a league fixture against Rangers, the other being in a 3-2 home defeat in January of the same year.
- Rangers have only lost once away from home to Inverness Caley Thistle, in December 2006 as goals from Darren Dods and John Rankin gave the Caley Jags all three points despite Nacho Novo scoring from the spot for Paul Le Guen’s men.
- Rangers have averaged 12 shots, with 8 on target against Inverness in the two games this season, with Richie Foran’s men also having an average of 12 shots per game, with 7.5 on target. Across games this season, the Light Blues have averaged 14 shots per match, with 9.4 on target with the opposition averaging 8.7 shots, 6.1 on target.
- Kenny Miller is the only player to have scored against Inverness this season, grabbing his 100th Gers goal in the process, with Martyn Waghorn’s deflected shot at Ibrox in December being awarded to Brad McKay. Miller has scored nine times in total this season; five with his right foot, three with his left foot and once with his head. Eight of his strikes have been from inside the box, with four of them in the first half and five in the second.
OPPOSITION PLAYER VIEW
Inverness defender, Jamie McCart (via Press and Journal): “We’re a really good team. I don’t think the table shows the true quality of the squad. Results haven’t gone our way, and we’ve played well in games in the short time I’ve been in.
“We’re a quality side and that showed we can match the sides at the top if we really believe. Everyone gave their all and put their bodies on the line when they had to. That team spirit is what got us the result in the end. We really worked as a team.”
“It’s a big step up from under-20s to the top division, but I’ve got a lot of good people around me at the club helping me so I appreciate that.
“I’m just glad the manager and Inverness gave me the opportunity to come here. I started against Hearts and hopefully I’ve put in a good enough performance to keep in his thoughts for Friday’s game against Rangers.
THE LAST TIME
RANGERS 1-0 INVERNESS | 24 DECEMBER 2016 | MCKAY 13′ OG
RANGERS made it four wins on the bounce with a hard-fought victory over Inverness at Ibrox Stadium.
A Brad McKay own-goal after 13 minutes was the difference between the two sides in this Christmas Eve match, but it was a scrappy old match with Gers creating not much at all in the way of goalscoring opportunities.
RANGERS: Foderingham; Hodson, Kiernan, Hill, Wallace; Tavernier (Windass, 59), Holt, Halliday; Waghorn (Forrester, 72), Garner, McKay (Miller, 59).
SUBS: Gilks, Wilson, Dodoo, O’Halloran.
INVERNESS CT: Fon-Williams, Tremarco, Warren, Meekings, Polworth, Draper, Vigurs (Doran, 73), Tansey, McKay, Doumbouya (Fisher, 79), Cole (Boden, 84).
SUBS: Esson, Mulraney, King, Sutherland.
REFEREE: Don Robertson
ATTENDANCE: 48, 528
Read a full match report here.
HOW TO WATCH
IF you’re outside the UK or Ireland then you can enjoy the whole of the match live on RangersTV.
Regular commentator Tom Miller will bring you full commentary throughout the 90 minutes with former Gers midfielder Alex Rae on co-commentary.
In the pre-match show you’ll be able to hear exclusively Northern Irish defender Lee Hodson and from Graeme Murty along with viewing some past highlights from games against Inverness.
At then at half-time, you can see an ‘On This Day’ feature looking back at Rangers versus Sporting Lisbon in 2011.
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