Caley Thistle manager John Robertson hopes the club’s Scottish Cup heroics of 2000 can inspire his players for today’s home tie against Livingston.
Inverness famously defeated Celtic 3-1 at Parkhead 20 years ago today in a result which shocked Scottish football, just six years after the First Division club’s formation.
The club has gone on to enjoy huge success, most notably winning the competition with a 2-1 victory over Falkirk in 2015.
Robertson, who is in his second spell in charge at Caledonian Stadium, says the result under his first predecessor Steve Paterson still takes pride of place in the club’s 26-year history.
Robertson said: “It is a hugely iconic result for the club. I don’t think it will ever be forgotten.
“It is the JFK or Princess Diana moment for us older ones. Where were you when that happened?
“The game was rescheduled because of the storm damage to Celtic Park at the first time of asking.
“Then Steve Paterson and the lads went down and humbled the John Barnes and Kenny Dalglish pairing of the time.
“We all know that was the result that really put Inverness Caledonian Thistle on the map. It really showed that the amalgamation of two famous Highland League clubs was ultimately the right
thing to do for the city going forward.
“It is a result that should always, always be celebrated in the short history of the club so far.
“It is the stuff he club has built its fantastic Scottish Cup pedigree on. We want to go and beat teams and show, if you draw Inverness Caley Thistle in the cup, you’re in for a real game.”
Robertson will set out his players to claim another upset when they host Livi today, with Gary Holt’s men fifth in the Premiership.
Robertson, who is without cup-tied defender Lewis Toshney, says the Highlanders can use their strong cup record to their advantage, having reached the semi-finals of the competition last year before being knocked out by Hearts.
He added: “We punch above our weight all the time – Scottish Cup and league.
“We’re not a rich club. We don’t have a massive fan-base.
“I think we have the sixth biggest budget in the Championship, but we do well every year trying to play competitive football in the top half of the league.
“But in the cups, particularly the Scottish Cup, we’ve been in all I think to four Scottish Cup semi-finals, numerous quarter-finals and we’ve taken some big scalps along the way.
“At this moment in time, Livingston would be a huge scalp for us because they’re a top-six club on merit.
“As a Championship team, we want to try to beat them and move on.”