INVERNESS Caley Thistle boss Richie Foran insists his players can shock Celtic at Parkhead on Saturday – just as they did in the Highland capital earlier in the season.
The Caley Jags are the only team in domestic football to take points off the Hoops when a stoppage-time header from Alex Fisher eluded Dorus de Vries to give them a 2-2 draw in September.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have won all nine of their other 10 Premiership encounters and will be looking for revenge in Glasgow at the weekend.
However, Foran is looking forward to locking horns again with the champions and admitted: “We had a fantastic game against them. It’s a fixture, home or away, that we always look forward to. We have had some fantastic results against them in the past.
“We will go there in confident fashion. Celtic are a step above the rest at the moment in terms of their play and the points they have, but we will arrive there in a really good frame of mind.
“We are going there to try and get something out of the game. This is a game to embrace and I will be telling my players to go out and express themselves. Nothing changes for us. We need to cut out our mistakes, but otherwise go and attack when we can.
“No-one expects anything from us but ourselves. We have taken points off them there before and we believe we can do it again. Yes, they have some wonderful talent, particularly in the final third and players who will punish mistakes, so we will have to cut out our mistakes and keep possession better.
“I thought we deserved the point we took from them. Obviously, goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams kept us in the game, but that’s why he’s there, that’s his job. Celtic had enough chances to score goals, but it’s about putting the ball in the back of the net.”
The Irishman added: “Celtic are the strongest team in the league, but that can change. Other clubs can sign in January and strengthen. All it takes is Celtic to get two or three injuries to key players and things can change.
“Hearts have been strong, with Aberdeen and Rangers up there, too. You would think Rangers would certainly strengthen again in January, so I don’t think Celtic will run away with it. It’s too early to talk like that.”