Ross County title would please Caley Thistle's Terry Butcher

Terry Butcher and Derek Adams
Adams (right) was Butcher's captain while the Englishman was Motherwell boss

Inverness Caley Thistle manager Terry Butcher would love local rivals Ross County to win promotion to Scotland's top flight for the first time.

County, the Dingwall club who joined the Scottish Football League with their neighbours in 1994, lead Division One by six points.

"It would be brilliant, absolutely brilliant," said Butcher of the prospect of County's promotion.

"It would be marvellous for the whole Highland area."

Butcher's side sit bottom of the Scottish Premier League, equal on points with Aberdeen, despite a 6-3 win over Kilmarnock in their last fixture, but he is confident that Inverness would not drop down if County came up.

"We want to move off the bottom, which we'll do," he said.

"We want to play Ross County next year and hopefully they come up as well.

"It would certainly make some people in the south angry, having to come up here all the time, but we have to go down there all the time.

"We had five great derbies with Ross County in the First Division.

"They won two, we won two and we drew one, so they are really competitive."

Butcher praised County manager Derek Adams and pointed out that Ross Jack was also doing well with another former Highland League club.

"Don't forget Elgin are doing very well in the Third Division and Forres Mechanics are top of the Highland League as well," added the former England and Rangers defender.

"Derek and Ross are two great young managers who are doing very well and long may that continue."