Inverness Match Preview

This weekend we head to the Highlands for our second visit to Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Our last game there and indeed our game at home against John Robertson's side ended goal-less.

Manager Gary Naysmith knows it's going to be another tough game but says we can travel with belief after recent results.

"It was a great performance from the lads up at Livingston last week, they had been working hard in the lead up to the game and gave the club everything to grind out a massive result that keeps us in contention.

We were missing several key players so to go to Livingston and win was a big victory for us. Until we get our squad back to full strength our results may be mixed. That is something we are prepared for. Livy are a hard team to play against so we certainly enjoyed the win.

Our games against Inverness have been goal-less so far, but I do think although there hasn't been much between the sides, we have edged both games. It's going to be another tough game as they have some good players, any team that goes to Inverness and gets anything will be happy. They've taken a wee bit of time to adjust to the Championship, but Robbo has got them going now. They showed that in midweek with a four - one win over a Falkirk side who went into the game on the back of an astonishing result against Dundee United. It just shows you how tight and unpredictable this league is.

We have taken four points out of six and had two clean-sheets in our last two games so we can go there with confidence but we know we have to be on our game to be in with a chance of taking anything from the game.

After speaking with Tommy Wright, I can confirm that Saturday's game with Inverness will be Jason Kerr and Chris Kane's last game for the Queens. Both players are being recalled by St Johnstone where they will fight for a first team jersey.

Although I am extremely disappointed to lose both players, I feel that as a club we have done our job in helping with their development. Jason has been a very consistent performer at the heart of our defence and he has shown that he is as good as anyone in the championship in his position. He has also been rewarded with a new contract which shows how highly the management team at St Johnstone rate him.

Chris has shown in the last six or seven weeks, exactly why we brought him to the club. His work rate, pace and energy have been appreciated by us all and he has also started scoring goals on a regular basis. I'd like to personally thank both players for their efforts at Queen of the South and wish them both every success in their future careers.

Meanwhile, contrary to reports in the national media this week, I would like to stress that at no time have I told Derek Lyle that he has no future at the club or that he won't play for the club again. I have had several talks with Del during the first half of the season, mostly regarding his frustration and disappointment at not starting games.

This week I explained to Del the role that I saw him playing within the squad for the second half of the season. As I couldn't guarantee him regular starts, I told him that out of respect we would not stand in his way if he wanted to allow himself the chance to play regular football at this stage of his career.

We are still without a few players for the game due to injuries, but Myles Beerman will be in the squad.

Finally, I'd like to pass on our congratulations to Stephen Dobbie who has been recognised for his efforts being named the Ladbrokes Championship Player of the Month for December.".

The game at the Caledonian Stadium in Inverness kicks off at 3pm on Saturday.