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Balls & Whistles episode 42 – Ross County head to Rangers after Hibernian call-offs, North Caledonian League updates, Scotland debut for Highland rugby player and more!

By Andrew Henderson

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Episode 42 of Balls & Whistles is out now!
Episode 42 of Balls & Whistles is out now!

The dream team are back together as Will returns from annual leave to discuss the latest sporting happenings around the Highlands this week with Andrew.

Kicking us off in this episode are Inverness Caledonian Thistle, who have gone through a sticky patch of form recently but still sit in second place in the Championship. Is there any need to panic? Do they need to score more goals? How does Wallace Duffy feel after a string of injuries at the start of the season? If you've had any of these questions, we've got you covered.

It has been a busy week at Ross County too, but more for what hasn't happened than what has after their game against Hibernian was called off twice because of positive Covid tests. It has broken their momentum after last week's eye-catching 5–0 win over Dundee, and the Staggies will return to action with the toughest possible test – away at Rangers. Can they take something away from Ibrox?

There's also more of a spotlight on the rest of football in the area, with Clachnacuddin's Highland League match against Brechin City under a particular spotlight as Will outright says he doesn't want Brechin to win the league. That's the top of the table, but there's also a brief discussion on the state of the relegation battle, as well as North Caledonian League and ICT Women updates.

After all rugby in Inverness got cancelled last Saturday because of Covid, Highland and Inverness Craig Dunain return to action tomorrow. That's not all from rugby though, as Jamie Dobie made his Scotland debut against Tonga in their first Autumn international - but should his arrival on the senior international scene be a sign that the SRU should put more faith in their own youth?

Let us know what you think on Twitter (@Balls_Whistles) or by emailing ballsandwhistles@hnmedia.co.uk.

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