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Last Updated: Tuesday, 7 December, 2004, 16:23 GMT
Inverness are homeward bound
Juanjo celebrates an Inverness goal
Inverness have been playing in front of sparse crowds at Pittodrie
Inverness Caley Thistle have been given the green light to return to their home stadium in January.

A Scottish Premier League board meeting voted to allow the Highlanders to cease ground-sharing with Aberdeen providing criteria are met by 21 January.

Building work is underway and Inverness hope to have the necessary 6,000 covered seats in place by then.

If under-soil heating is also installed, then Dunfermline will visit the Caledonian Stadium on 29 January.

"It's absolutely fantastic for us," Inverness manager Craig Brewster enthused.

"We obviously hoped that we were going to get it but until the permission was granted you just never know.

"We couldn't celebrate anything until we got the go-ahead so this is an absolute boost for the club and the community."

Last season's First Division champions were permitted to join the top flight on the provision they played at Pittodrie.

The agreement was meant to be a season-long one but many have been critical of the 200-mile round trip that Inverness fans have been making to Aberdeen.

And attendances at Pittodrie have been poor for Inverness games.

Partick Thistle, who were demoted when Inverness were accepted by the SPL, will not be taking any action to block the move.

The Firhill club had objected to Inverness' initial promotion but lost out after a long and messy wrangle.

A statement from Thistle read: "We are distancing ourselves from the SPL and do not wish to make to make any comment on this matter as it does not concern us directly."

The SPL's four-man board that approved the move consisted of Dundee United owner Eddie Thompson, Kilmarnock chairman Jamie Moffatt, Rangers director John McClelland and Hibernian chief executive Rod Petrie.

29 January was chosen as the most appropriate date as it meant that Brewster's team would have played each of their rivals both at Pittodrie and away by then.






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