Caley Thistle chairman Ross Morrison feels the Highlanders are treating supporters fairly by giving them the opportunity to donate additional money on top of their reduced season ticket purchases.
Inverness have priced season tickets for next term at 75% of last season’s cost, due to the Championship season being shortened to 27 games with a scheduled October start.
Season tickets will go on sale tomorrow, with Caley Jags giving supporters the option to round the purchase up to the full amount in order to help the club deal with the financial hit at losing out on six months’ of gate income amidst the coronavirus crisis.
Morrison has offered season ticket holders the chance to claim the money lost from the five cancelled home games last season by contacting the club before 5pm tomorrow, which will otherwise be taken as a donation to the club.
Morrison was keen to offer supporters the chance to assist the club rather than force it upon them.
He said: “We are between a rock and a hard place.
“We have put a time limit for people to get in contact about reclaiming the shortfall from last season, and we will see what we can do.
“Hopefully it wouldn’t be the first thing in people’s heads to try and get that money back but we’ve got to offer, and take it as a donation to the club if they don’t take it up.
“If you try and force something on somebody they will not like it.
“Some people might need some money, because there are some financial problems in this world at the present moment. A pound is a prisoner.
“From the information I’ve had back we have had a great response to the idea of 75%, because it makes sense and it’s logical.
“If anybody wants to donate the whole price if they can do it, that’s great.”
Morrison is determined to give Caley Jags manager John Robertson the best chance at winning promotion to the Premiership next term, adding: “We need to put the money on the pitch and try to get up.
“Whether we’ve got Hearts or Dundee United in the Championship, we need to give John Robertson as much money as we can to get the best players he can to replace the boys we have lost.
“We need to survive first, and then get up next.”
The SPFL trust have confirmed all 42 clubs have successfully applied for their £50,000 grant which made available by a donation from philanthropist James Anderson, with Morrison adding: “It’s more of a community based grant, it’s not for paying people’s wages.
“It had particular purpose to be for community benefit. We’ve got our community trust in place, so we’ve got plenty uses for that money.”