Inverness Caley boss Butcher big fan of St Johnstone playmaker Morris

Inverness Caley boss Terry Butcher is a huge fan of St Johnstone midfielder Jody Morris.

Inverness Caley boss Terry Butcher is a huge fan of St Johnstone midfielder Jody Morris.

While he stands at just 5ft 5in tall, Butcher believes the former Chelsea, Leeds and Millwall midfielder is a giant in the SPL.

The 51 year-old stressed: "Like us, St Johnstone have a good blend of youth and experience and a core of players who have tasted promotion success.

"Like them, we have a very small budget compared to other teams and must be careful about who you bring in. Derek McInnes has been very careful and has got good value for the money he's spent - particularly Morris in the middle of the park.

"He is one who shows you don't have to be big and tall, so long as you have vision, touch and the ability to pass. If you have that, you'll play in any league no matter what size you are.

"Iniesta, Xavi and all these people are not big, but are exceptional players because they have ability. Jody Morris comes into that category. It was a major coup for a club like St Johnstone to get him.

"Jody needed a club at the time and Saints fitted the bill very well. It's been a great partnership. People maybe thought he'd move on quite soon, but he's stuck at itl. He has class and quality.

"He could realistically still be playing in the Championship. He's a very good player and a nice bloke as well.

"He came to Brentford for a couple of days when I was manager there - although I was only there a couple of days myself! I can't remember much about it.

"He stands out not through physical size but the size of his contribution to the club and to the league. He's good on the eye because he passes and circulates the ball well."

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