Morton chief exec has notes that back up reporting on Scot Gardiner's 'null and void' stance

By John McGinley

May 12, 2020

Greenock Morton Chief Executive Dave McKinnon has hit back at Inverness Caledonian Thistle’s assertion that a newspaper report on their ‘null and void’ stance is inaccurate, speaking to The Daily Record.

The Record previously reported on Monday night that Inverness Chief Exec Scot Gardiner had drawn up plans that the paper believed “would have seen the season null and voided, preventing relegation for Hearts, Partick Thistle and Stranraer while also potentially stopping Celtic, Dundee United, Raith Rovers and Cove Rangers from being crowned champions of their respective divisions.”

The Highland side furiously denied that in a statement this morning, claiming it was “another scurrilous piece of journalism on our club simply because we did not go along with the now infamous and botched SPFL resolution on April 10th.”

However, it seems that the paper were well within their rights to report the plans, with McKinnon now railing against the Inverness statement and claiming he has notes which back it all up.

As quoted by The Daily Record, the Morton man said: “I have read the report in this morning’s Daily Record and it is accurate. A number of clubs – I think it was six in total – have understood and remembered the meeting as it was outlined in the Daily Record.

“I also take notes and, having consulted those notes, it is quite clear that what has been reported is what was said.

“I am happy to speak on the record. I always keep notes from every meeting and I am sitting looking at those notes as we speak.”

McKinnon then goes into detail on a plan devised between Rangers, Hearts and Inverness to effectively null and void the season.

It’s all rather illuminating, especially in the wake of the vote on an independent investigation into the SPFL.

It’s been a dramatic week for Scottish football / (Photo by David Goddard/Getty Images)

Only one Championship club voted in favour of launching that investigation, with Inverness apparently finding no allies in their own division for their version of events nor their wish for an investigation to take place.

It will now be interesting to see how the aggrieved parties in the SPFL react to losing their investigation vote.

Hopefully, a line will be drawn under everything and we can move on.