MORTON chief executive David MacKinnon has revealed that the club will do everything in its power to support the local community in its time of need this week amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Ton CEO is hoping to make up for the withdrawal of Morton in the Community’s programme and help those most vulnerable in what are testing times both for the club and Inverclyde.

MacKinnon and first-team manager David Hopkin have been devising a strategy in which the club can donate towards multiple causes over the course of the week, with football on hold for the foreseeable future. 

He told the Tele: “I’ve got no doubt that we can come out of this stronger with the support that the club have got from the fans and the community.

“It’s going to be difficult times for everyone involved in the area so it’s important that we can all help each other secure our futures.

“So one of the things we’re looking at as a club is our role within the Inverclyde community just now.

“Obviously with no football on, we’re looking at ways to put something back into the community.

“We obviously have a very vibrant community programme, which gives back through their activities and services, but we’re looking at ways that we can do something a bit special. 

“Hopefully we can raise funds for these good causes in the community and for the people that need it most and are struggling at this time, in particular the elderly and disabled.

“We’ve been looking at it in depth. With everything that’s going on the manager, David Hopkin and myself, have had discussions and we’re starting to carry out this plan hopefully this week during this difficult time.

“We’re obviously looking at folk who might be isolated in a time like this as well.”

MacKinnon hopes to continue providing help, similar to the Ton’s community Christmas dinner and supporting of the foodbanks, with many local businesses now facing an uncertain future.

He added: “We’re hoping to raise some money to give back and we’ve already been assisting the Inverclyde Foodbank. 

“At Christmas we opened the club for people who were by themselves to come in for their Christmas dinner and to be a part of something.

“People at this time need support. We all do and if we can do that as a football club then that’s going to be our objective.

“We’re focused on delivering that because the community are always there for us when we need them most.

“If we can help them be in a safe position then that’s what we’ll do. We know that we can do that and hopefully make a difference.”