Inverness CT: Greg Tansey has sights set on Europe

By Martin DowdenBBC Scotland
Inverness midfielder Greg Tansey
Greg Tansey has scored four goals in 23 Inverness CT appearances this season

Midfielder Greg Tansey believes Inverness Caledonian Thistle can clinch their first European spot this season.

A run of four consecutive victories has taken the Highlanders up to third place in the Premiership ahead of Saturday's trip to Hamilton Accies.

Caley Thistle's best league finish was fourth in season 2012-13.

"Come the end of the season we want to be up there rather than mid-table," said Tansey, who agreed a two-year contract extension earlier this month.

"We know we're a smaller club, fan base-wise and history-wise in this league.

"But when it comes to 11 v 11, we know we're not a small club. We're as good as there is out there on our day.

"We believe if we're right, then more often than not we'll come out with the points."

Inverness sit four points behind leaders Celtic, having recovered from three consecutive defeats last month.

"We had a tricky spell in December when we lost three on the bounce and I think we've reacted to it great," added Tansey, who recently agreed a two-year contract extension.

Inverness are on a run of four league victories
Inverness visit Hamilton on Saturday aiming for a fifth consecutive league win

"There are 11 games before the split and each one of them is going to be bigger than the last.

"All we can do is go into every game full of confidence and out-work the other team.

"We're up there for a reason and it's our job and our aim to continue to be up there at the end."

Tansey, 26, is in his second spell at Inverness and revealed he wanted to stay as a result of progress the club has made in recent seasons.

"What convinced me is the direction the club's going in," he said. "It's a great place to be. It's the most enjoyable 12 months I've had.

"From when I first came in, the standard of training and standard of players is far superior to what it has been.

A number of first team players are out of contract this summer, including top scorer Billy McKay, who manager John Hughes expects to move on.

"They're important players for us," said Tansey. "If we keep this run going and keep up there in the league, it's going to be a harder offer to turn down come the end of the season if we're in Europe and really going places."

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