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Scottish League side Morton have lodged plans for a £750,000 upgrade of Cappielow

 

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Scottish League 1 club, Morton has lodged plans for a £750,000 upgrade of Cappielow to meet Scottish Premier League standards should they gain promotion to the top flight at the end of the season.

The issue is somewhat clouded by the league reconstruction debate, and the Greenock side remain locked in a race with Partick Thistle for the Irn-Bru First Division title. However, any club hoping to play in the Premier League the following season must provide details by a deadline of March 31 of how they plan to meet current requirements of 6000 covered seats and undersoil heating.

Under plans lodged at Hampden, Morton would put a roof on the Wee Dublin End, where 3000 spectators can be accommodated, and add 700 new temporary seats at the rear of the covered section known as the Cowshed, bringing that area's seated capacity up to 1000. The main stand already has 2000 seats.

Work would be carried out between May and July but Morton have struck a contingency agreement to groundshare with St Mirren should the upgrade not be finished in time for the start of the campaign.

The pitch would have to be ripped up to accommodate undersoil heating, even though Morton's current pitch protection system has been sufficient to prevent a single postponement this season. Groundsman Mark Farrell regularly wins awards for the condition of a pitch which is frequently used for Scotland international training sessions.

"If we do not win the league and remain in the Scottish Football League for season 2013-14, no improvements will be required," Crawford Rae, one of Morton's directors, explained. "If we win the league and the league reconstruction option goes through we would gain promotion with no ground improvements required."

Morton currently lie one point behind league leaders Partick, having played a game more. The two teams are scheduled to meet at Firhill on Wednesday, April 10 in what is likely to be a decisive match.

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