Former Rangers player Billy Dodds is thriving in his first permanent managerial role, with his Inverness Caledonian Thistle side currently top of the Championship table.

Dodds, who described his time at Rangers between 1999 and 2003 as ‘the pinnacle of his playing career, hung up his boots in 2006 after a brief stint at Partick Thistle.

Dodds steps up to score a penalty against Celtic in 2000. (Photo by Stu Forster /Allsport)

Since then, he’s served as an assistant at multiple Scottish clubs but had never made the leap to becoming a manager.

However, Caley Thistle took a chance on him in June, appointing him as their new Head Coach after he had served as assistant to interim manager Neil McCann during the final months of the 2020/21 season.

So far, the decision looks like a masterstroke.

The Highlands club’s efforts in the group stages of the League Cup weren’t overly encouraging but ever since the league campaign kicked off, it’s all been very impressive.

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So far, Caley Thistle have won all five matches they’ve played, conceding just once.

Goals haven’t flowed as such, but the seven that they’ve managed have been enough to send them top of the second tier, three points clear of second-placed Kilmarnock.

Billy Dodds

The former Rangers striker is thriving as a manager with Inverness CT top of the Championship table. (Photo by Stuart Franklin /Allsport)

Throw in a 4-0 win over lowly Buckie Thistle in the Challenge Cup ten days ago and it’s been a perfect last month and a half.

Time will tell whether or not this sort of form is sustainable for a club aiming to return to the top flight for the first time since 2017.

The Caley Thistle board couldn’t have asked for any more from the former Gers star up until this point, though, with Dodds reaping the rewards after a strong summer of recruitment.

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