MORTON have honoured the legendary late chairman who stepped in to save the club from going bust.

The new hospitality suite at Cappielow has been named in honour of Douglas Rae, who rescued the club in 2001 and stayed at the helm for 17 years until just before his death last summer.

In a double tribute, the first celebration in the new 'Douglas Rae Lounge' was the 80th birthday of another club hero, Allan McGraw.

At the special opening ceremony chief executive Dave McKinnon paid tribute to the two icons.

Dave said: "It was a really great day and a joint celebration to honour both Douglas Rae and Allan McGraw.

"Allan is a legend and of course we can never forget and will always honour the importance of Douglas.

"We even have a photograph of him at the front of the stand with the words 'one in a million' and as the players run out of the tunnel there is a message above them reading 'Do it for Dougie'."

The opening ceremony and birthday party was attended by a clutch of former fans' favourites including Derek Lilley, David Wylie, George Anderson and Mark Pickering.

Mr MacKinnon said: "As a club we want all our past players to be welcome at the club.

"It was an honour to have all the past players, family and friends there and of course Douglas Rae's legacy lives on with his son Crawford as chairman."

Douglas Rae's widow Adrienne was invited to do the honours and formally open the suite at the special celebration.

New chief executive Mr MacKinnon was keen to thank to all the Inverclyde businesses who have continued their support for the club through the hospitality suite and other avenues.

He also praised club director Brian Clements, of McTear's Auctioneers who had the vision to revamp the hospitality set up at the stadium in time for the season.