Inverness: Billy McKay 'happy at Caley Thistle', says Terry Butcher

Inverness forward Billy McKay

Inverness manager Terry Butcher hopes Billy McKay's enjoyment of his football will persuade the striker to remain with the Highlanders.

McKay netted his 17th and 18th goals of the season with a double in

"Everyone's saying 'you'll find it hard to keep Billy' but Billy's very happy here," Butcher told BBC Scotland.

"He enjoys his football. The level of his performance has risen. He's improving all the time."

Butcher described McKay's scoring exploits as "just incredible", with the 24-year-old having grabbed 12 in his last seven games.

"It's just phenomenal," said Butcher. "He gives us a great length to our game.

"We've equalled our goalscoring feat for last season. We've scored as many goals in under half a season as we did for the whole of last season, so we're obviously very pleased about that.

"With this team, if we can keep this team together for next season in particular then it holds a great future for the club."

Owain Tudor Jones and Andrew Shinnie were also on target against Dundee and Butcher was delighted to be celebrating Christmas Day second in the Scottish Premier League.

"This game I was really, really worried about because we were expected to win it," explained Butcher.

"It was the game before Christmas. I said to the players, 'it could be a good Christmas for us or a really great one and a really great one means that you win this game against Dundee'."

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