Caley Thistle defender Brad Mckay feels Inverness are on track with their early season expectations.
Inverness are third in the Championship, but missed the chance to go top when they conceded late to draw 2-2 with Alloa Athletic last weekend, when a victory would have capitalised on top two sides Dundee United and Ayr United both losing.
With the first round of fixtures complete ahead of today’s trip to Greenock Morton, Mckay feels the Highlanders have given themselves a strong platform to push for promotion in the remainder of the campaign.
Mckay said: “With Ayr and Dundee United dropping points it was a chance for us, but after the first quarter if you had told us we would be just a point off the top I think we would take that.
“It’s just the way you look at it. You can look at it thinking we could have, or should have been top. We got beaten at home by Partick Thistle, which was a disappointing result for us as well.
“We can look back in hindsight at all these things.
“We have done that in the last couple of seasons, saying we could have finished second or even top with the games we drew rather than won.
“I think if you had told us at the start of the season we would be a point off the top after the first quarter we would take that.”
Mckay feels last weekend’s results, which saw the top four sides in the table all drop points, highlights how fiercely contested the Championship is this season.
Former Hearts and St Johnstone player Mckay added: “The league is very strange, when you look at results most weeks.
“If you were to try and pick the results for the 3pm kick-offs, come 4.45pm there are always shocks.
“Last week shows that, even with Alloa coming up and taking a point off us. It’s a big result for them.
“The league is very hard to predict.”
Inverness claimed back-to-back victories over Morton in a league and Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup double header last month, which Mckay hopes to build on at Cappielow this afternoon.
The 26-year-old, who has returned from a near three-month absence with a fractured vertebrae in his back, added: “We got two decent results against Morton up here. We have not played them down the road yet, but we have got a good record against them in the league.
“We are looking to take three points from the match.
“I’ve not been involved recently myself having recovered from injury, but the boys have been flying.”