What's happening at Inverness CT as chairman resigns, administration fears mount and Kelty training move at risk

Inverness chairman Ross Morrison has resigned - paving the way for the relegated club to scrap controversial plans to move their training base to Fife.

The Caley Thistle chief - who announced his decision ahead of a crunch board meeting - insists he still believes the 135-mile move to Kelty is the best way to stave off mounting costs of locating players in the Highlands. But the proposal has caused fury among the club’s supporters with calls for a boycott of season tickets and some indicating they’d rather go into administration than relocate their midweek first team operations.

Morrison, who had been at the helm for six years, told the Inverness Courier: “Hearing fans saying they would prefer administration to training the first team in Kelty sent a shiver down my spine. Administration is a desperate thing to happen to a club and must, at all costs, not happen to Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC.”

He added that he still firmly believed the move to Fife was in the best interests of the side which will begin life in League One - with Kelty one of their rivals - next season after their relegation from the Championship. Morrison said: “I believe it is the best way forward and I have to stick with my beliefs. This is the reason I'm stepping down now.”

The relocation plan was first revealed late last month. The club argued it would save hundreds of thousands of pounds by removing the cost of housing central belt-based signings in the Highlands. However there is now huge pressure on the board to scrap the move which has also put the microscope on chief executive Scot Gardiner.

Morrison revealed last week the club could yet u-turn on the deal. A boycott of season tickets would potentially wipe out any savings from the relocation. The outgoing chairman said: “I honestly believed that this was an innovative move.

“One that would save considerable amounts of cash but also would help greatly in attracting players. This was not an idea that a lot of people could accept. I would ask the fans to rally round the club at this time and show their support by not only purchasing their season tickets but also getting involved directly with the club to see how they can help.”