A local MSP has welcomed a meeting between the Scottish Government and a group looking to take over the running of stricken baker, Mortons Rolls.

Bill Kidd, SNP MSP for Anniesland, close to the Drumchapel factory, admitted he hopes the talks between business minister Ivan McKee and the unnamed investors was the first steps in getting "back to profitability for Mortons."

Ten days ago, the Post reported that Mortons had ceased trading after 58 years, with up to 250 jobs at risk.

Staff at the company were reportedly sent letters stating they would be "laid off with immediate effect".

But after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon vowed to do "everything possible" to try to save the troubled bakery, hope remained that the firm could be saved and jobs retained.

Speaking to the Post, Mr Kidd said: “I am glad to say that the first meeting between Ivan McKee MSP, the minister for business, and the representative from the group that wishes to take over the running of our iconic roll factory, seems to have gone well.

"After what can rightly be called a frank and truthful exchange of information, both sides agreed that Scottish Enterprise and the local PACE (Partnership Action for Continuing Employment) team would be the next calls to be made.

"Although time is of the essence, we have to be aware that there are processes with administration and liquidation that need to be followed, for the diligent use of any public monies that might be needed in the short to medium term, and the officials currently involved, will always have this as part of their role.

"We also have to look at the viability of the business plan being asked for and presented in the hope that it does show that there is a productive way out of the current situation and back to profitability for Mortons."

On Friday, the company hinted at a possible return to trading with a cryptic social media message reading: "Nae rolls? Watch this space." 

And Mr Kidd added: "I can truthfully say that I am hopeful that the next steps will enable us all to get back to enjoying our favourite roll not just as a token, but as a staple of Glasgow and the central belt."