Inverness boss John Hughes refuses to rest on his laurels

Inverness Caledonian Thistle Manager John Hughes

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John Hughes is determined to lead Inverness Caledonian Thistle to more success in the future.

The former Falkirk boss has guided Caley Thistle to a third-place finish in the Scottish Premiership as well as to a Scottish Cup final appearance against the Bairns on Saturday.

Inverness are 1.57 to win the Scottish Cup final while Falkirk can be backed at 5.25.

Hughes does not want the club to sit back and believe this season is as good as it gets , however, and intends to push the former Highland League side forward on and off the pitch.

Hughes, who has been named the Scottish Football Writers’ manager of the year, said: “If we stand still and stagnate we’ll go backwards.

“That’s my message to everyone concerned with the club, in terms of infrastructure and getting players tied up. Get it done now and keep moving this club forward.”

Greg Tansey, Ross Draper, Graeme Shinnie, Josh Meekings, Edward Ofere and David Raven were all rested for Sunday’s 5-0 defeat at Celtic but are expected to return to the side on Saturday.

Marley Watkins is also expected to be fit after Hughes opted not to risk him against Celtic.

The Caley Thistle boss added: “It was a horrible week because we had to start preparing for the Scottish Cup final while still knowing we had to go to Celtic.

“We just needed to get it out of the way without any injuries or bookings.”

Inverness with definitely be without injured duo Dean Brill and Richie Foran on Saturday, while Gary Warren is suspended.

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