Ross Tokely uncertain over Inverness stay

Tokely joined Inverness from Highland League outfit Huntly in 1996
Tokely joined Inverness from Highland League outfit Huntly in 1996

Ross Tokely wants to stay for a 17th year at Inverness Caledonian Thistle - as long as he will remain in the first-team picture next season.

Tokely has played more than 500 times since signing for Inverness in 1996 but is out of contract in the summer.

Asked if he was hopeful of remaining at the Caledonian Stadium, the 33-year-old defender said: "Yeah, we have got a few things to discuss and we'll see.

"At my age, I'm not wanting to be on the bench, or a squad player."

Tokely does not want the final game of the Scottish Premier League season, at home to Hibernian, to be his last for the club but is looking for some assurances from manager Terry Butcher before signing a new contract.

"I don't think I have the divine right to start every week, but I should definitely get the chance to do that and if not then I'll look to get out and play somewhere else," said the defender who arrived from Highland League outfit Huntly.

"I'll definitely fight for my place.

"If I'm not going to be a regular, it won't be for me next year."

Caley Thistle have not beaten Hibs this season and Tokely is determined to avoid a third straight defeat at home to Pat Fenlon's men.

"The last game was disappointing - we were the best on the day," he said.

"If you look at that game, we lost bad goals from individual errors - one from myself, not being tight enough.

"We want to end the season on a high, put on a good performance and would be nice to score a few goals as well."

While his future is uncertain, the defender is relishing the thought of playing derbies against Derek Adams' First Division champions, Ross County, if he stays next season.

"I've played in a lot of games over the years, but to have the two north sides in the SPL is great for the area," he added.

"They were unbelievable this year. Derek has done a great job. They will be very dangerous next year."