Football - Butcher hails `best season'

Inverness manager Terry Butcher believes the surprise make-up of the top six has added to the best Clydesdale Bank Premier League season yet.

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St Johnstone and Ross County this week joined Celtic, Motherwell and Inverness in securing their top-half status, with Kilmarnock in the driving seat to follow as they prepare for the visit of bottom club Dundee in the final weekend before the split.

St Johnstone's 1-1 draw with Dundee United on Monday night booked their place as well as helping last season's Irn-Bru First Division champions County over the line, and Butcher was full of praise for the Perth club's achievements ahead of their visit to the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium on Friday.

"I must say congratulations to them and Ross County as well," Butcher said.

"Ross County's achievement is just magnificent, it really is, and St Johnstone for the second successive year are in the top six.

"That's three clubs, including ourselves, with really small budgets and really small crowds. It says how well all three clubs have been run and obviously led, but it says a lot about the quality of the players as well."

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