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McCANN PRAISES CALEY JAGS, CUP AGONY FOR HUGHES

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ROSS COUNTY, who ended Celtic’s phenomenal sequence of successes in domestic knock-out tournaments this season, have been dumped from the Scottish Cup.

The Dingwall outfit, who shocked Neil Lennon’s side 2-0 in the Betfred League Cup at Parkhead in November that stopped the run at the 36th game, allowed Highland neighbours Inverness Caley Thistle to fight back to triumph 3-1 in their third round tie last night.

Billy Mckay opened the scoring for John Hughes’ hosts in the 38th minute, only for Nikolay Todorov to square things two minutes later.

Danny MacKay put the visitors ahead following a breathtaking solo counter-attack in the 54th minute, before Shane Sutherland rounded off the result with a late goal to seal Caley Thistle’s place in the fourth round ballot.

THREE’N’EASY…jubilant Caley players congratulate Shane Sutherland after rifling in the killer goal in the 3-1 triumph.

Neil McCann, in caretaker charge of the team in place of John Robertson, told BBC Sport: “That’s as good a team performance as you’re likely to see. It needed to be against a Premiership side, but I thought we were comfortable.

“The character they’ve shown in the past wee while was evident. I thought the shape was brilliant and was really hard to break down plus we scored two great goals in the second-half.

“We’re starting to pick up momentum. You can see the belief starting to grow in the group.”

 

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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