Ross County eye Inverness ground share back-up plan

By Chick YoungFootball Correspondent, BBC Scotland
Ross County are the runaway leaders in Division One

Ross County will apply to the Scottish Premier League for permission to ground share with Inverness Caley Thistle, if they win promotion.

But the Dingwall club are confident that Victoria Park will meet SPL criteria before the start of next term.

SPL rules state that all stadia must ready for the top flight by 31 March.

And County chairman Roy McGregor told BBC Scotland: "The agreement with Caley Thistle to rent their ground is a safety net."

The Dingwall club enjoy a 12-point lead at the top of Division One.

Work will start on Victoria Park on 1 April and is scheduled to be completed by 20 June, way ahead of the start of the next season.

County will ask for special dispensation at the SPL board meeting on 29 March.

McGregor added: "We hope the SPL will see what we are trying to do.

"No-one at Dingwall is taking anything for granted, but plans do have to be in place.

"The work should be finished long before the end of June, but if the worst came to the worst we would like dispensation to do what Caley Thistle themselves once did, playing half the season at their own ground and half ground sharing, in their case at Pittodrie.

"It seems to me a sensible solution with a back-up plan. We hope the SPL see it the same way."