A Highland League club will form a “detailed plan of action” to ensure games can be staged at their blaze-hit stadium as quickly as possible.
Clachnacuddin FC staff and officials were left shocked when a fire tore through the Inverness building on Christmas Eve.
Amid fears that a damaged stand had been put “under major pressure”, the Lilywhites had to postpone their home tie against Aberdeenshire side Formartine on Saturday.
Over the weekend, club bosses had their first opportunity to personally survey the “catastrophic damage” which was sparked by a suspected electrical fault in the laundry room.
Despite being confronted with blackened walls, mangled electrical equipment and even charred football kits, they have vowed to find a way to stage games at Grant Street Park again in the near future.
The club yesterday updated fans on the situation via a social media post, which advised that the damage was “major”.
The statement added: “The damage has caused the structure of the building to be put under major pressure.
“The club are now moving forward with a detailed plan of action to ensure that we can get games hosted at Grant Street as soon as we possibly can.”
Chairman Alex Chisholm later told the Press and Journal that the smoke damage has left a wave of destruction right through the building.
He added: “The laundry room, the washing machine and the tumble dryer have seen the most extensive damage.
“But the damage has gone right through the building.
“Where the fire was at the most extensive part of the laundry room, the external wall there has bowed out with the heat.
“When you go outside the building, just underneath the damaged part of the roof you can see the wall is cracked.
“We are hoping it’s not going to be as bad as it seems.”
Despite the turmoil faced by the club, Mr Chisholm insisted that it would not affect players’ performance.
He added: “The priority for us is to keep the players training next week, focus their minds on the football and back to playing.
“It’s a blow for us, but it’s not something that can’t be overcome.”
As Clach look ahead to Saturday’s game against Deveronvale, Mr Chisholm thanked fellow clubs for their “incredible support” – which has included offers of kits and equipment.