For Butcher to build a team from that collection of players looked at the time like Mission Impossible. However, the gaffer stuck by them and eight of those who played that day are now the cornerstone of the Caley Thistle success story.
In the first few weeks of the Scottish season I haven't seen a better central defensive partnership than Gary Warren and Josh Meekings.
Left-back Graeme Shinnie will soon be attracting the transfer interest previously aroused by big brother Andy.
The gap left by the elder Shinnie looks like it's been effectively filled by new arrival James Vincent and rhyming midfielders Richie Foran and Aaron Doran, at opposite ends of the age scale, are other key components in this impressive Inverness side.
must be counting the days until the transfer window closes when he hopes top scorer Billy McKay will still be with the club.
Highlights: Inverness CT 2-0 Motherwell
I'm really surprised that, up until now, Caley Thistle haven't been presented with an offer they can't refuse for one of the most improved players in Scottish football.
McKay has followed up his 27 goals last season with one in each of his team's three wins this time around and looks sharp.
I hope he stays, I love watching him play.
But, at least if he's tempted away, there would be a transfer fee involved unlike other Inverness VIP departures Shinnie, Adam Rooney and Jonny Hayes.
Butcher doesn't want it to come to that. For the first time in his four-and-a-half years in the Highlands, despite a whole team of summer signings, he's reaping the rewards of season-to-season continuity.
The core of his team is unchanged and Inverness will continue to punch above their weight.
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