Butcher urges focus from Parkhead heroes

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Terry Butcher is moving on after Inverness' first win at Celtic Park

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Terry Butcher is moving on after Inverness' first win at Celtic Park

Terry Butcher wants his to side forget their momentous Clydesdale Bank Premier League win over Celtic at Parkhead on Saturday to focus on Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Tuesday night.

Caley secured their first league win at Celtic Park and Butcher's first victory as a manager in the east end of Glasgow. However, next up are the second-placed Dons who can leapfrog Celtic at the top of the table with a win, albeit the Hoops would have two games in hand, one against Hearts at Tynecastle on Wednesday night.

A win for the fifth-placed visitors could take them level on points with Neil Lennon's side but Caley boss Butcher said: "We are looking forward to the Aberdeen game now and we want to make sure all those thoughts about Celtic have gone. It is nice to think back about Celtic and what we have achieved but that's history now."

He added: "Sometimes when you have a big match against someone like Aberdeen at Pittodrie very quickly, you have to re-focus very quickly and make sure that you give the match 100% concentration.

"It is a top-of-the-table clash again, Aberdeen are going well, they have had certainly had some great results and scored some goals as well. It is very impressive how Aberdeen have changed their fortunes round, the same as Hibs.

"It is a great challenge and a great test to go through there. What we have done is pretty impressive but now it is a case of rolling up our sleeves and doing the job that we have been doing virtually all season.

"But in saying that, we won there with 10 men last year, we have won there before so we want to make good memories this week. We have Ross County at the weekend, so it is a big week for us but we have started it very well."

Butcher is happy with his side's progress this season - not least because Caley are the league's top scorers with 28 goals from 15 matches - but he will not let his players "rest on their laurels".

The former Motherwell boss said: "The squad is developing nicely, we have had one defeat in 12 matches. We have scored in every game and as I said, if we score it gives us something to hang on to or build upon.

"But we want to get higher so I don't think there is any danger of players resting on their laurels and saying we have done pretty well. The time to enjoy what you have done is at the end of the season."

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