Former Dundee defender David Winnie has been supporting ex-United star Ray McKinnon in his wrangle over a controversial early season managerial move.
David is now a leading London lawyer with Mayfair firm Charles Douglas Solicitors and works on sporting issues including club takeovers and transfers, as well as employment law.
He and Ray were team-mates at Aberdeen and remain good friends from their playing days at Pittodrie.
Ray had only been in charge of Morton for a matter of weeks when he quit for Falkirk – sparking fury from the Greenock club and their fans.
Morton initially threatened legal action, claiming Ray had been “tapped up” for the job and insisted they would hold him to his three-year contract.
The Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) subsequently hit Falkirk with a £60,000 fine, although £20,000 is suspended, after investigating Morton’s complaint and ruling the Bairns had broken official rules.
David contacted Ray to offer his backing and help while Morton continue to fight for compensation. Falkirk have appealed against the SPFL decision.
David said: “I was good friends with Ray when we were at Aberdeen together. I was there for six years and Ray was there for about a year after joining from Nottingham Forest.
“Our time coincided and he was a good lad so we got on well together.
“When I heard about this from a Tele reporter, I contacted Ray.
“I set out the general principals for him and said that if he wanted any more help he should feel free to contact me any time.
“I won’t be representing him legally but Falkirk Football Club is dealing with everything now.”
He added: “Ray and I actually spent more time catching up on things than his issue with Morton.
“The ironic thing is that I also played for St Mirren and our bitter rivals are Morton.”
Ray said: “I’m leaving everything in the hands of the club.”