Football - Butcher aims to spoil title party

Inverness boss Terry Butcher believes his side can continue their perfect run in Glasgow this season by upsetting Clydesdale Bank Premier League champions Celtic for a second time.

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Terry Butcher is hoping Inverness can pull off another shock against Celtic

The Highlanders' trips to Glasgow have proved especially fruitful this season - they knocked Rangers out of the Scottish Communities League Cup with a 3-0 win at Ibrox on October 31 before stunning the Hoops a month later with another 1-0 triumph.

They now head south for their third visit to the city for Sunday's match at Celtic Park, where the Hoops can finally secure their second straight title with a draw. But Butcher aims to spoil the party atmosphere and set his side up for a European push with five games remaining.

The Caley boss - whose side follow up their Parkhead trip with another away match at St Johnstone, then host Motherwell and Dundee United before finishing with a Highland derby against Ross County in Dingwall - said: "We've beaten Celtic down there, and Rangers too. Whenever we play in Glasgow, we win. It's as simple as that.

"Our away displays this season have been excellent. We have got two away fixtures at the start of this run-in - two great games to look forward to.

"We want to make our mark right away. When (assistant) Maurice (Malpas) and I took Motherwell into the top six, we didn't win a game for a long while. Ironically, the first one we did win was when we deprived Celtic of the title.

"So this time, what better way to start (the top-six fixtures) than to go down there and do well again?"

Caley Thistle currently sit third in the table, holding all the aces in the race for the second Europa League slot. But Butcher reckons it might take a record top-flight points tally for Inverness to confirm qualification for continental football for the first time.

He said: "We got to 58 points a few years ago and finished seventh, which was a magnificent total. We're on 51 now, which is brilliant. But we feel there is more points to be attained. If we want to get to Europe, and our driving ambition is to get there, then we need to pick up points. The more we get, early on especially, the more it stands us in good stead.

"We will have a go at it. We certainly want it now we are in the top six. We have achieved the first part of our double. Now the second part is still to come hopefully. It will be the season of all seasons if we can do that, but it's something we want to achieve."

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