2007–08 Inverness Caledonian Thistle F.C. season

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The 2007–08 season was Inverness Caledonian Thistle's fourth in the Scottish Premier League and 14th since the merger that created the club. They also competed in the Scottish League Cup and the Scottish Cup.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle F.C.
2007-08 season
Manager Craig Brewster
Scottish Premier League 9th
Scottish Cup 4th round
Scottish League Cup Quarter-final
Top goalscorer League: Don Cowie (9)
All: Marius Niculae (10)
Highest home attendance 7,753 vs. Rangers, 20 January 2008
Lowest home attendance 3,420 vs. Kilmarnock, 19 April 2008
Average home league attendance 4,753

Scottish Premier League[edit]

Caley Thistle finished 9th of 12 teams in the SPL, on 43 points from 38 matches. They managed only a disappointing −11 goal differential, from 51 goals scored and 62 allowed. It was a mixed season for statistics, as this tied the club's record for goals scored in an SPL season, set in 2004–05, but also demolished their record for SPL goals conceded by 14. But overall, it could be called a poor season for the Caley, with the lowest total points and lowest finishing league standing since their promotion in 2004.

The exception to this poor form, and the main reason for the team's survival in the SPL, was the month of December. A streak that included wins against Hearts and Celtic earned Craig Brewster Manager of the Month and Marius Niculae Player of the Month honors.

Scottish Cup[edit]

To go along with the lackluster league season was a short and poor Scottish Cup. Caley Thistle entered the tournament in the fourth round, and faced Hibernian at Easter Road. Dean Shiels scored a hat trick and sunk Caley's hopes for a cup run at the first possible point as the match finished 3–0 to Hibs.

League Cup[edit]

The League Cup provided a bit more positive news for Caley Thistle fans, as the club reached the quarterfinals for the second time in three seasons, on the strength of a 4–1 win over Arbroath and a 3–0 win over Gretna. The run stopped abruptly, however, away to Aberdeen, who beat Caley Thistle 4–1 on the strength of another hat trick (albeit including two penalties), this time from Barry Nicholson.

Results[edit]

All the results of the regular matches [1]

Scottish Premier League[edit]

Final League table[edit]

Clydesdale Bank Premier League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Celtic (C) 38 28 5 5 84 26 +58 89 2008–09 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Rangers 38 27 5 6 84 33 +51 86 2008–09 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
3 Motherwell 38 18 6 14 50 46 +4 60 2008–09 UEFA Cup First round
4 Aberdeen 38 15 8 15 50 58 −8 53
5 Dundee United 38 14 10 14 53 47 +6 52
6 Hibernian 38 14 10 14 49 45 +4 52 2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup Second round
7 Falkirk 38 13 10 15 45 49 −4 49
8 Heart of Midlothian 38 13 9 16 47 55 −8 48
9 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 38 13 4 21 51 62 −11 43
10 St Mirren 38 10 11 17 26 54 −28 41
11 Kilmarnock 38 10 10 18 39 52 −13 40
12 Gretna 38 5 8 25 32 83 −51 13 Resigned from the Scottish Football League

Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Gretna: 10 points were deducted from Gretna for going into administration.[2] They subsequently resigned from the Scottish Football League because the administrator concluded that the club could not continue to run as a business.[3]
Intertoto Cup: The highest-placed team who applied for the Intertoto Cup and not in an automatic UEFA Cup spot was awarded a place in that competition, Falkirk and Hibernian were the applicants.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Scottish League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent H/A Score ICT Scorer(s) Attendance
R2 28 August Arbroath H 3–1 Niculae (2), Wyness 1,246
R3 25 September Gretna H 3–0 Bayne, Wilson, Wyness 1,717
R4 31 October Aberdeen A 1–4 Bayne 7,270

Scottish Cup[edit]

Main article: Scottish Cup 2007-08
Round Date Opponent H/A Score ICT Scorer(s) Attendance
R4 12 January Hibernian A 0–3 9,622

Club Records Set[edit]

  • (+) Tied - Most SPL goals scored: 51 (also scored 51 in 2004–05)
  • (−) Lowest SPL finish: 9th (previous was 8th in 2004–05 and 2006–07)
  • (−) Least SPL points: 43 (previous was 44 in 2004–05)
  • (−) Worst SPL goal difference: −11 (previous was −6 in 2004–05 and 2006–07)
  • (−) Most SPL goals allowed: 62 (previous was 48 in 2006–07)

Transfers In[edit]

Date Name Moving from Fee
8 May 2007 Scotland Ridgers, AllyAlly Ridgers Clachnacuddin Free[4]
1 July 2007 Scotland Cowie, DonDon Cowie Ross County Free[5]
4 July 2007 England McDonald, DeanDean McDonald Gillingham Undisclosed[6]
17 July 2007 Romania Niculae, MariusMarius Niculae Mainz 05 Free[7]
14 August 2007 Scotland Watt, StevenSteven Watt Swansea City Loan[8]
31 August 2007 Poland Małkowski, ZbigniewZbigniew Małkowski Hibernian Loan[9]
31 August 2007 Scotland McGuire, PhilPhil McGuire Dunfermline Athletic Loan[10]
31 August 2007 Scotland Proctor, DavidDavid Proctor Dundee United Free[11]
31 January 2008 Scotland Imrie, DougieDougie Imrie Clyde Undisclosed[12]

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Name Moving to Fee
1 June 2007 Scotland Golabek, StuartStuart Golabek Ross County Free[13]
28 June 2007 Scotland Dargo, CraigCraig Dargo St. Mirren Free[14]
1 July 2007 Scotland Dods, DarrenDarren Dods Dundee United Free[15]
31 August 2007 Scotland Ridgers, AllyAlly Ridgers Elgin City Loan[16]
31 August 2007 Scotland Sutherland, ZanderZander Sutherland Elgin City Loan[16]
1 January 2008 Scotland Morgan, AlanAlan Morgan Kilmarnock Free
17 January 2008 Scotland Rankin, JohnJohn Rankin Hibernian £110,000
29 April 2008 Scotland McCaffrey, StuartStuart McCaffrey St. Johnstone Free

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