Caley Thistle manager John Hughes knows his players will have to stop a familiar face if they are to record consecutive wins in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday for only the second time this season.
Dundee United are the visitors to the Caledonian Stadium on Saturday as Inverness attempt to build on last weekend’s 2-1 victory against Kilmarnock.
The Tangerines are eight points adrift at the bottom of the table, but Hughes knows only too well the threat posed by forward Billy Mckay, pictured, who has scored three goals in his last four matches.
Mckay scored 61 goals in 141 appearances during four successful years with the Caley Jags and Hughes has warned his defenders they will have their work cut out to prevent the on-loan Wigan Athletic player marking his return to the Highlands with a goal.
The Caley Thistle manager said: “We will be looking to build on this win because too often this season we have fallen flat on our faces the week after a victory.
“We enjoyed the win but we will prepare properly for Saturday when we will try to go back to back.
“That is something we have not done too often this season, but we are up against a Dundee United team which has nothing to lose.
“We are also coming up against one of our former forwards in Billy Mckay.
“He will want to come back to his old stomping ground and show us what we are missing.”
Hughes praised midfielders Liam Polworth, who is out of contract at the end of the season, and former Cowdenbeath player Nat Wedderburn, making only his second league start of the campaign, for their contributions in Saturday’s win against Killie.
He said: “I thought Polworth was man of the match. He was different class.
“It was a big game for him. Playing against Celtic players are naturally up for it as the adrenalin is pumping. Coming down from that atmosphere, the players must get themselves going and I thought Liam was excellent.
“Nat Wedderburn also more than played his part.
“I was delighted for him as he has come from part-time football and had to wait for his chance.
“It was a team performance but I thought they were the standout performers.”
However Hughes felt there was room for improvement from his side and was disappointed with the way his side allowed Killie back into the match with a sloppy second-half showing.
He added: “Our first half display was as good as we were for 60 minutes against Celtic but once again it was not a 90-minute performance.
“That is what we are looking for and we will press for it.”