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Season Guide
2019/2020

Inverness CT

In


James Keatings (att) Hamilton Academical; James Vincent (mid) Dundee; Nikolay Todorov (att) Falkirk; David Carson (mid) Morpeth Town; Mitchell Curry (mid) Middlesbrough - loan.

Out


Darren McCauley (sp) (mid) Derry City, undisclosed; Owain Fon Williams (gk) Hamilton Academical; Liam Polworth (r) (mid) Motherwell; Joe Chalmers (r) (mid) Ross County; Nathan Austin (sp) (att) Kelty Hearts; Anthony McDonald (r) (mid) Heart of Midlothian – end of loan.

Inverness CT proved difficult to defeat last season, but too many draws meant they were never within touching distance of the eventual winners, Ross County. An appearance in the Scottish Cup semi-final also revealed how competitive they were last season. They reached the play-offs, but were exhausted after a hectic schedule and made little impact. It’s always difficult for Inverness to attract players to the Highland capital and few signings have been made. James Keatings arrives and is a natural scorer but he has been unsettled or injured for several seasons. Nikolai Toderov is another striker but, despite promise, he’s yet to make a significant breakthrough. Inverness will severely miss the promptings of quality midfielders Liam Polworth and Joe Chalmers. Finances are tight at Inverness and, with a thin squad, they will struggle to repeat the form of last season. A title challenge seems unlikely, but another inclusion in the play-offs is possible. Inverness should be solid at the back again with Coll Donaldson, Brad McKay and Jamie McCart all retained for this season. A lack of depth in their squad is an obvious weakness. A few injuries could easily ruin their season as there isn’t any money to draft in replacements. The fitness of new striker James Keatings will always be a worry.

Target


The play-offs. Given their financial circumstances, a top four finish would be deemed a successful season.

Season Review
2018/2019

№3: Inverness CT

Inverness proved difficult to beat with only eight league defeats all season and a Scottish Cup semi-final appearance. They finished the season strongly and gained third place. However, they were not strong enough to overcome Dundee United in the play-offs or Hearts in the Scottish Cup. Their performance was remarkable considering financial constraints and a small pool of players. Away from home they were resilient and had the best record in the Championship with 33 points from 18 away fixtures (9W 6D 3L). Overall, despite the disappointing end, it was a successful season for Inverness. Inverness had finished the 17/18 season in great form, undefeated in 11 matches, and they carried this into the 18/19 season. They went 14 games undefeated at the start of the season, but 10 of these were draws and their title hopes seemed over by November. With only five wins by the midpoint of the season, relegation was an issue. Amid financial constraints, tempting players to the Highlands in the transfer window also proved difficult. A spell of five defeats in nine matches in early 2019 seemed to confirm a relegation struggle. Instead, Inverness rallied and finished the season strongly with seven wins in their final 12 matches. With no genuine stars, the season was a real team effort from Inverness. They had great team spirit but just lacked a bit of quality that would have turned their many draws into wins. The foundations are there for another solid season, but they need to invest in some star quality if they hope to take the next step back to the Premier League.


Player of the Season: Liam Polworth

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