Gaston had the longevity but McCrorie was a much better goalkeeper than him, so McCrorie it is. If we were to base these things entirely on length of service we’d end up with O’Ware ahead of Gunning and Oliver ahead of Kiltie.
When Gaston was a first-teamer we re-established ourselves as a mid-table Championship club. I maintain that he was an important part of that.
Although come to think of it, he also went AWOL during the playoffs against DU and we had to use Jamie McGowan, so I'm changing my vote to McCrorie as well.
They are indeed bankrolled, have been for a few years now. They won the HL a few years back before losing to Montrose in the League playoff amidst dubious circumstances (their chairman, whom I presume is named Tormod or Sandy, pretty much came out and said he didn't fancy league football.)
I imagine he's under a lot of stress right now. I don't envy his position, even though it's his fault. It can't be easy for him, being thrust into the spotlight for negative reasons. (I know he's been in the papers before for his longevity with Morton and his Scotland work, but that's different from being treated as a public figure for illicit gambling.) Most people don't handle that kind of attention very well. Granted, he got the chance to give an interview sharing his problems, which is more than a lot get (even if it's not something I'd personally have talked about), but still, this will be a difficult time for him. For that reasons I think he should get a bit of leeway, but the best advice for him is just to keep his head down until everything blows over, and that means not posting on social media, even if he feels justified in doing so.
Like it or not, this is now an issue of interest to Morton fans, so of course they're going to comment, and sometimes that comment will involve speculation and judgement. Again, not easy for a non-public figure to handle this, but unfortunately that's the way of the world.
The malaise around the club is a real issue and really does need to be remarked upon. Fans come and go in football just as they do in all aspects of life, but when it starts hitting the (former) hardcore and attendances start dropping (as they have done this season), it is something that needs to be remarked upon. Saturday's attendance was 1,185 - that's lower than any league attendance last season, even though it was a Saturday 3pm game. Sure, Arbroath don't bring much of a support, but nor did Alloa or QoS last season and attendances don't even come close to that low.
The current state of the club - not just the results on the pitch (although these are a factor) - is keeping people away, it's as simple as that.
And this really can't be emphasized enough: football, in terms of ability and tactics and fitness, was absolutely crap until the 70s, and only became halfway decent in the 80s. The Celtic team that Morton beat that night would have won every single World Cup final until 1970 by a huge margin, and every European Cup final until 1971, and most of those thereafter for another decade. While you can say you can only beat what's in front of you, I'm not especially impressed by the fact that Morton managed to beat a few abject Rangers teams over the course of decades. Winning at Parkhead in the 2010s, even in the League Cup, was a monumental achievement for a squad like ours, and should not be diminished at all by anyone, let alone held up as a source of shame by a Morton fan.
The gulf in wages between Morton and Celtic in the 70s is absolutely nothing like the wage gulf these days, it's not even close.
Not enjoying agricultural football is one thing, but saying you were "embarrassed to be a Ton fan" and taking "absolutely no pleasure" in it is absolutely and completely verboten. No Morton fan is to be permitted to hold this opinion.
And come to think of it, what should Morton have done differently? Knocked one of Celtic's twenty corners in at their own near post?