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Butcher warning for counterpart

Inverness manager Terry Butcher has told Jackie McNamara he will soon be "ranting and raving" on the sidelines like him.

Dundee United have only lost one out of five games, against Celtic, since McNamara moved from Partick Thistle to Tannadice less than two years into his managerial career.

McNamara displays the same quiet authority as a manager that saw him captain Celtic and become a Scotland regular.

But Butcher insists that cannot last in the Scottish Premier League as he prepares to welcome United to the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium.

Butcher said: "Jackie is great. He was an excellent player and has obviously done very well at Partick Thistle as a manager.

"He has a good team around him and also a good team on the pitch as well.

"He has come in and put down his philosophy but he hasn't changed a lot, because there is no need to really change much because they have a good side there and a side that is more than capable of winning matches and climbing the league.

"When you look at Jackie on the sidelines, he just stands there with his arms folded and doesn't really say a lot.

"I'm sure that will change, I'm sure he will be ranting and raving and screaming and doing everything that we normally do, the rest of the managers.

"I'm sure he will get into that habit but he looks cool, calm and collected and he is in charge of some excellent players."

Caley Thistle are looking to hold on to second spot in the SPL after ending their six-game run without victory with a 3-2 triumph against Hearts on Saturday.

"Having slumped to third as many people said, it was nice to rise back up to second," Butcher said.

"It's a position we have been quite accustomed to being in. It was a lovely feeling driving back on the bus on Saturday night back in second."

Meanwhile, Butcher gave a strong hint that contract talks with some players were set to come to fruition.

Butcher has been trying to persuade the likes of Andrew Shinnie and Gary Warren, who is suspended for the United game, to extend their stays.

"Watch this space," he said.

"We will have some good news soon, some very, very good news.

"Hopefully this week will be one of the best weeks of the season and we would like to announce one or two things.

"We are very pleased with this season and what we have done and there is still a lot more to come, hopefully a lot more joyous celebration and entertainment."