Scottish Cup

February 2, 2013



2 - 0

Inverness CT

Scottish Cup

15:00 +00:00, February 2, 2013

Rugby Park, Scotland

Referee: William Collum

Shiels aware of Caley threat

Competition Stats

Kilmarnock Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Goals Paul Heffernan 3 William McKay 3
Assists Paul Heffernan 0 William McKay 0
Yellows Garry Hay 1 Richie Foran 2
Reds Ross Barbour 1
Squads: Kilmarnock | Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels is aware that Inverness are a tough nut to crack ahead of Saturday's William Hill Scottish Cup fifth-round clash.

Terry Butcher's side have impressed this season and are currently joint-second with Motherwell in the Scottish Premier League, but they head into the game on the back of two defeats in four days.

Shiels, who took Killie to League Cup glory last year, said: "There's 16 teams left in the competition and there are 16 teams who think they can win it.

"It's a tournament steeped and rich in history of small clubs going to Hampden, and I'd like us to be one of them.

"Queen of the South went to the final, Gretna went to the final. If they had gone out with a mindset that they can't win it, then they wouldn't have got to the final.

"But it's a long way away, we have got to try and get through Inverness and everyone knows how well they are going.''

New signing Sammy Clingan could be in the Kilmarnock squad.

The Northern Irishman was not involved against Celtic in midweek as he was not up to match speed but might come into contention after Lee Johnson was allowed to leave the club before the transfer window closed.

Meanwhile, Butcher has scoffed at reports that his Inverness side have suffered a slump in form.

Their Scottish Communities League Cup semi-final loss to Hearts came after a penalty shoot-out and they were seconds away from taking a point from finalists St Mirren in Paisley on Wednesday.

The former England captain said: "The mood's been very good and I'm really disappointed with some of the press reports about a dip or a drop in form.

"These people haven't been anywhere near the games because anyone who saw us on Saturday, and particularly against St Mirren on Wednesday, would say that these boys are doing all right.

"They are playing well, we just haven't got the results, especially on Wednesday, we didn't get the result our performance deserved.

"It's not a drop in form by any standards and the players will laugh at that because they are playing good football.

"Some of the football we played on Wednesday was some of the best of the season.

"The lads are fine, there's no problem, the only thing we haven't got is results. We had that in the early part of the season when we played well and just didn't get the wins.

"We will just keep going, there's nothing wrong with the players' morale or hunger and desire.

"We have come back and played three games and played very, very well and only lost one if you consider one was on penalties.''

Inverness midfielder Ross Draper is a doubt after coming off with a knock during Wednesday's late defeat at St Mirren Park.

But right-back David Raven is fit again after missing the Paisley trip.

Defenders Chris Hogg (knee) and Simon King (ankle) are working their way back from injury.