Caley Thistle manager John Robertson empathises with Morton supporters forced to watch tonight’s Friday night billing at Caledonian Stadium from home.
Inverness’ match against Ton was selected for live television coverage with a 7.05pm kick-off, making it difficult for the Greenock side’s supporters to travel north in time for kick-off.
The fixture could struggle to attract viewing figures, given it clashes with tonight’s Dundee derby at Tannadice which is being screened on a separate channel.
Robertson is familiar with travelling long distances with Caley Jags and feels tonight’s arrangement is unfair on the Cappielow outfit.
Robertson said: “Last year Morton’s fans got right behind their team in both games and made a noise.
“That part of it will be missed, but we always welcome up away fans. It’s a long away trip for them and on a Saturday it’s quite a good trip for them. They seem to have drawn the short straw for Friday night games at the moment.
“It’s virtually impossible for people to get from Greenock to Inverness for a 7.05pm kick-off – it’s silly.
“I also cannot get my head around why we have got two Championship matches kicking off on a Friday night. It seems a bit strange.
“But we’ve got to deal with it. I’m sure we will find ourselves on a Friday night game away from home having the same dilemma for our supporters.
“It’s difficult if we are the away team, because it’s a struggle for our fans to get there. People have to take time off their work.
“There’s always going to be little sticking points when you’ve got teams all over the country. It’s something that, in modern day, as a football club, you have to deal with.”
Robertson, who is without injured pair Brad Mckay and Mitch Curry, has been impressed by a Morton side which netted three goals in eight minutes to triumph 3-2 against Partick Thistle last weekend.
He added: “We watched Morton last Friday. It was a tremendous fightback, which tells us all we need to know about David Hopkin’s teams.
“He showed what he was all about at Livingston, and Morton have shown the same attributes that he had at Livingston.
“We are going to have to be at our very best to take all three points.”