A surprising Inverness leads the Scottish Premier
When Del Nido stated in May 2011 “That the Spanish League is becoming the Scottish is the reality ", the president of Sevilla CF, he was referring to the low competitiveness of the League, in which FC Barcelona and Madrid reign in the competition thanks to the unfair television distribution. The controversial sevillista president compares the League with the Scottish Premier, where from 1986 Celtic and Rangers have been champions by far from the rest, being in 1985 the Aberdeen the last champion before the reign of Glasgow. The League won by Valencia in 2004 it's already far away.
Currently Del Nido will have to report television abuses looking for other comparisons, With the Rangers roaming the SFL Second Division (comparable to the Spanish 2ªB) due to his debts with the Treasury, and Inverness leading the table after 5 journeys. It is a surprise to see this modest team at the top of the table.
Inverness is a small town of barely 60.000 population, located in the North of Scotland, at the mouth of the River Ness, most famous for Loch Ness, one of the most enigmatic lakes in the world. No one in this small tourist town, capital of the Scottish Highlands, would have imagined that his football team would ever be a serious candidate to win the Scottish Premier. So that the readers of "Hanging by football" get an idea of how modest the Inverness TC is, "The Jags" plays at Caledonian Stadium, a small field with capacity for 7918 viewers. Famous is his rivalry in the derbies with Ross County, the other team from the Scottish Highlands, one of the most beautiful regions in Europe.
With 4 wins and a 2-2 draw at Glasgow's legendary Celtic Park, Inverness TC leads the Premier with some ease, with 4 points clear of Motherwell and 5 about the catholic team from Glasgow, framed in the same group of the Champions League with FC Barcelona. With a team made up of British and Irish players except Norwegian forward Agdestein, recently signed from Brighton, the Scottish Highlands team has, in the Irish Foran and Doran, to the most decisive players, both lead alongside their partner, Northern Irishman Billy McKay, the table of top gunners of the Premier with two goals each.
The success of Inverness TC has its coach as one of the pillars of the team. Terry Ian Butcher, accumulating player 77 caps with England, including its presence in 3 World Cups, has been the reins of "The Jags" since 2009, where Inverness TC has advanced from the First Division (the 2nd division in Spain) until today leading the SPL (Scottish Premier League).
There is a lot of championship left and the big favorite in Scotland, Celtic, is in the process of renovation. The signing of Victor Wanyama by Southampton, the team led by Mauricio Pochettino, It has been a great loss for the "Celts" who are accusing the loss of the Kenyan in his line of creation. On the other hand, the good work of teams like Motherwell or Inverness, joined the Scottish capital teams, Edinburgh, where Hearts and Hibernian might have a choice, make the SPL a competition, no better evidently, nor more attractive, but if more competitive than La Liga.
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