Butch Won't Park The Bus

Last updated : 17 December 2011 By Caleyjagsadmin

Butcher insists there is no way his side will "park the bus" at Rangers - as he does not have enough fit defenders.

Butcher is without eight players ahead of the clash against the SPL leaders and will struggle to fill his quota of substitutes.

Centre-back Chris Hogg joined his list of absentees after suffering cruciate ligament damage during last weekend's defeat by Dundee United, during which influential midfielder David Davis was sent off.

An all-out defensive approach is not on Inverness' radar, though.

Butcher said: "You say that some teams go there and park the bus but we haven't got a bus. We haven't got a driver for the bus never mind a bus.

"We haven't got a lot of bodies to put in front of our goal.

"I don't think we'll be going there to play a 10-man defence because we haven't even got a four-man defence at the moment.

"We'll try and go there and play our way and do what we know best."

Defenders Josh Meekings, David Proctor and Thomas Piermayr, are still out along with wingers Aaron Doran and Aidan Chippendale and midfielder Owain Tudur Jones.

Midfielder Lee Cox replaced Hogg last weekend to join defenders Roman Golobart, Kenny Gillet and Ross Tokely on the pitch, but Butcher also has full-back Graeme Shinnie to call on.

And Butcher has backed his fit players to make a game of it and relish the opportunity to defy the odds.

"We have got seven injuries and a suspension for David Davis," the former Rangers captain said.

"That's eight players out. We might not have 18 players available, it's 16 at the moment.

"But as long as I have 16 players who are determined to stick together and work their socks off.

"We'll enjoy the occasion, it's a great stadium, a good team, the current champions."

Inverness lost their last trip to Ibrox by a solitary Steven Davis goal but took four points from their previous two visits.

"The three matches against Rangers and Celtic we have lost 2-0 but in two games we have had a player sent off, which is bound to make a difference to the game when the score is 0-0," Butcher said. "We are looking to give a good account of ourselves.

"We have got a good history there and we enjoy it. Rangers are still top of the table, still ploughing away and getting results.

"They are still there to be shot down and we want to do that.

"Not many people will fancy us but we like it that way.

"We have been in this position before in terms of injuries and gone to Ibrox and got positive results."


Source: TeamTalk