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March 8, 2024

Inverness CT vs Airdrieonians

Kanayo Megwa says confidence is high in the Airdrie camp ahead of Saturday’s trip to Inverness, with the Diamonds registering big away wins in recent weeks.

Following last Tuesday’s 2-0 victory at Tannadice, Airdrie were at it again this midweek with goals from Nikolay Todorov and Gabby McGill securing the points against Dunfermline Athletic at East End Park.

The win gave Megwa cause for a double celebration, as it came on the occasion of his 20th birthday.

Speaking after the match, the defender insisted that the Diamonds performances are steadily improving.

“It was nice to get the win. It’s a massive three points and another win away from home - it proves that we’re getting better and better.

“We know what we can do this season, so it’s on to the next game.”

With Dunfermline also experiencing a resurgence in form prior to Tuesday’s match, it was by no means an easy win for Airdrie - but Megwa says the Diamonds dug it out, defending their lead well on a heavy surface.

“The gaffer always tells us just to play the way we normally play, don’t sit off - stay focussed and keep the clean sheet, but we can still play our football.

“We knew the pitch was going to be bad, but we felt that if we didn’t panic and we adapted to the conditions, we would would end up getting the win - and we did!”

Having overtaken the Pars in the table, Airdrie are now focussed on moving back into the play-off positions. The first hurdle to that objective is Duncan Ferguson’s Inverness Caledonian Thistle, who face the Diamonds for the fifth time this season.

Billy Dodds was manager for the first two meetings, and Airdrie were triumphant in both - a 3-2 Viaplay Cup away win in July with Charlie Telfer, Cammy Ballantyne and Nikolay Todorov grabbing the goals, and August’s 2-1 home league win which saw Calum Gallagher add to an early own-goal.

Ferguson was in position by the time of October’s league meeting, and David Wotherspoon got the only goal of the game to ensure the points stayed in the highlands. Inverness then first-footed the Excelsior in January, but it was a happy new year for the Diamonds who won 2-0 with goals from Todorov and Callum Fordyce.

As Airdrie prepare for their final meeting with the Caley Jags, Kanayo is hopeful of a positive result.

“We’re confident. We know that it’ll be a hard game, but if we believe in ourselves and play how we normally play, then we can get the better of any team in the league.

“It’s good that we have that kind of mindset, and hopefully we can beat them.

“From the time we last played them till now, I think we’ve got a lot better. We’ll go up there with confidence that we can win and put in a good 90 minutes.”

Player-manager Rhys McCabe wants more of the same from his side after a dogged performance against Dunfermline.

“I think the last time we were up there we had a really strong second half, but we never came away with the result.

“They had a good result at Morton last week, so they’ll be on the back of a wee bit of a confidence boost.

“It’s important for us that we go up there and put on another sturdy, solid performance.”

Midfielders Murray Aiken and Lewis McGregor continue to work towards their comebacks from ankle injuries, while defender Cammy Ballantyne may return after being rested in midweek.

Referee Calum Scott is in charge of the Tulloch Caledonian fixture - as he was when the sides met in October, his only Airdrie match this season.

Match tickets are available using the link below. Unfortunately there will be no DTVLive stream for this fixture, but full match highlights will be published as early as possible.


Saturday Match 9, 2024




Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, Inverness



Calum Scott


Calum Spence, Robin Taylor

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