Updated Saturday, 7th March 2009
Inverness and Falkirk are fighting for their SPL status and the rivals meet on cup business today.
He said: "There's very close links between us because we train at Fort George and it'll be good to see them on Saturday before they head off to Afghanistan. They have got my admiration because we're lucky to do a job we love and the consequences are nowhere near those who are in the army. Our heart goes out to them and hopefully the crowd gives them the reception they fully deserve, but as far as our military plans on the pitch are concerned, we'll laid down our battle plans on how we can beat Falkirk."
Butcher admits the biggest task since the midweek win has been making sure the players come down to earth and are level-headed and focused as they chase their first semi-final appearance in five seasons. He said: "It was a very happy bus coming back up the road and the spirits are very high, but it's a case of getting their feet back on the ground and preparing for a different kind of match against Falkirk. It's one that we're looking forward to and we want to take the good feeling and confidence into the cup game. We all know what it means for the club in terms of finance to reach a semi final at Hampden, but Falkirk will be saying the same, because it can rescue your season and stimulate their SPL campaign. It's nice to have a semi to look forward to, when we beat Kilmarnock in the previous round this game has been in the back of our minds for a while now and hopefully it can have a spin-off effect if we can win it."
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