Shinnie confident Caley on the up
A confident Andrew Shinnie has predicted Inverness can challenge at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League this season.
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Shinnie was imperious in Friday night's 4-1 win at Dundee as Inverness extended their unbeaten run to five in the SPL and six in all.
The 23-year-old scored an 81st-minute penalty and set up the fourth for Billy McKay as Caley Thistle fought off a Dundee revival to triumph.
Shinnie said: "We've got a great squad this year and we're picking up now. We've only been beaten twice this season. We needed to turn draws into wins. We're doing that now and we're climbing the league.
"The club is definitely on the up and if we can keep going the way we're playing, top six and higher is reachable."
McKay and Gary Warren gave Caley Thistle a 2-0 lead after six minutes, but Colin Nish pulled a goal back soon after and Dundee had chances to equalise.
The visitors' class told, though, with playmaker Shinnie leading by example and netting his seventh goal of the season to make certain of victory.
He added: "I enjoyed it. I got on the ball a lot and I linked up well with Billy. It was a pleasing night all round.
"I'm confident in front of goal. I had a good number of goals last season for the amount I played; I only started 13 games, my injury stalled me.
"I've started every game this season. I'm feeling fit and strong and hopefully I can push on and keep getting goals."
Inverness beat Ross County prior to the international break in a Highland derby on a Friday evening and Shinnie enjoys the schedule.
"I love preparing all day and then coming out under floodlights with a good crowd," he added.
"It's a good night to play football and for us it's been great. The County game was brilliant. I would play Friday every week if we could."
Inverness next play next Saturday at home to in-form St Johnstone.
Shinnie added: "It will be a hard game next week. They had a tough start and have picked up brilliantly.
"We're confident at home just now so we'll be looking to get a good three points, but it will be by no means easy.
"We'll just look forward to the game and hopefully get further up the league."
Dundee's defensive problems remain, much to the frustration of manager Barry Smith.
"At half-time we were still in the game at 2-1," Smith said. "We should probably have scored straight after the break and then it's a different game, but we conceded another two poor goals.
"We've worked on shape. The problem is we've not had a consistent back four.
"We've not really been able to work on our back four week-in, week-out, just because of injuries."