Inverness manager Billy Dodds has compared Championship title rivals Kilmarnock to Rangers and Celtic and insists the Ayrshire side’s budget makes them favourite for promotion this season.

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Tommy Wright’s Killie are title favourites according to Dodds(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Caley sit top of the Championship, three points ahead of Tommy Wright’s side but Dodds moved to cool expectations of a title success this season by claiming that his side’s form so far only amounts to a “good start.”

With struggling Morton the visitors to the Highland capital this weekend, few would bet against Inverness extending their “good start” but Dodds admits he’s only looking at making the playoffs this season.

“I think I’d be disappointed if we never got in the play-offs – I really would,” Dodds said [Football Scotland].

“That’s all it is, though. Everyone’s thinking: ‘Aw you’re favourites’.

“But Kilmarnock are favourites and I’m not just saying that, they’ve got the biggest budget. It’s like Rangers and Celtic at the top of the Premiership – they’ve got the biggest budgets so they’re the favourites.

“Kilmarnock are the same in our division. But I still think if we play to our capabilities, because I know I’ve got a good squad, we could be bang there.

“I also know, going back to Hamilton a couple of weeks ago (a 2-1 defeat), I’ve got to be guarded and think: ‘It is only a good start’.

“That’s all you can label it as.”

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