Richie Foran aims to seal Inverness Europa spot

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Captain Richie Foran is desperate to see Inverness end the season with a bang by claiming the final European spot. And he would love the Highlanders to complete the job in front of their own fans when they host Dundee United today.

Victory against the Taysiders would keep Caley Thistle in third spot in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, with a Europa League berth guaranteed if St Johnstone also lose to Celtic earlier in the day. Foran said: “United are a tough side, just like Motherwell. We are taking nothing for granted. We are up against a very good side. We want to go out on a high and we can do that on Saturday.

“It’s been a wonderful season but it’s not finished yet. We would love to go out and win on Saturday now and, hopefully, Celtic can do us a favour.”

Meanwhile, Dundee United midfielder Rory Boulding says his desire to win a new Tannadice contract will keep him firing on all cylinders in the final two games of the season.

Three defeats since the Clydesdale Bank Premier League split have counted Jackie McNamara’s side out of the race for Europe. But Boulding, like team-mates Jon Daly, Willo Flood, Barry Douglas, Steve Banks and Marcus Tornstrad, will see his United deal expire in the summer. Skipper Daly has been linked with a move to Rangers and Polish giants Lech Poznan have held talks with defender Douglas, but Boulding has no idea where his next move lies.

However, the former Kilmarnock man has not given up hope of securing an extended stay at Tannadice and hopes to convince McNamara he is worth another contract when United face Inverness and Celtic in their last two games of the season.

He said: “We’ve got a new manager in and I’ve got everything to play for in terms of impressing him and showing that we want to be part of his plans next season. I’ve got these two games to put down a marker.”

United will be without defenders Keith Watson, Sean Dillon, Gavin Gunning and Douglas.