MORTON caretaker pair James Grady and Allan McManus have been appointed on a permanent basis at least until the end of the season.

Club chairman Douglas Rae told the Telegraph exclusively last night: "We have decided to let them carry on running the team until the end of the season.

"I told them that I know they were not my first choice. That was Allan Moore because he knew the Scottish Football League better, especially the Second Division where we might have been looking for some players.

"He also has seven years of experience as a manager. But, truthfully, I feel I can work well with James. We already have done so.

"Sometimes when something doesn't go to plan the alternative can work out for the best. I told the boys I don't want them to feel second class citizens. They said they believe they will prove I have made the right decision." James Grady said: "It's up to Allan and me now to deliver and show that the club have made the right decision.

"I am a very ambitious person and want to be successful "I want to there when we are playing in front of a sell-out crowd going into the Premier League.

"This decision brings stability. We will help the players and it is our aim to bring the fans back with attractive football.

"We know we can bring success once we start getting the boys back fit." This afternoon Morton are at Inverness with no fewer than eight players out - seven injured and one on loan.

But, with the uncertainty removed the process of moving forward in a united fashion can begin.