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Match Preview - Morton vs Partick Thistle (12th March)


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Morton vs Partick Thistle – Match Preview

by Russell Gordon

After a rare weekend of disappointment, Morton have spent the week dusting themselves down in preparation for the visit of Partick Thistle. With the Jags in action on their quagmire of a Firhill pitch- doing us a favour by taking all three points over our conquerors of last weekend, Queen of the South, by a single goal, it’s hoped that those exertions could give Morton an advantage heading into the game against a side that still see themselves as having a chance of winning the title. 

As ever, the game is available on Ton TV, where Gerry and Andy will keep you entertained for the best part of a couple of hours for a very reasonable £14. Click here to purchase the stream.

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Photo - GBR Photographs.

Squad News  

Kyle Jacobs made a return to first team action from the bench last weekend and could again feature whilst veteran defender Brian McLean will again miss out with a hand injury. Dougie Imrie serves the fifth of his six matches in the stand, a ban that can’t end soon enough. 

Current Connections  

Manager Ian McCall can count Morton as one of the many clubs he’s taken charge of in a managerial career that’s spanned almost a quarter of a century. Only Robbie Muirhead in the Morton squad has represented Partick in the past- scoring twice in an eight-game loan spell from Hearts in 2015-16 season, whilst Jags striker Brian Graham and winger Scott Tiffoney started their careers on the Tail O’ the Bank.

Graham made his Morton debut in 2006 against Forfar, having came through the ranks of The Ton’s youth system. After playing a bit-part role in the first team in the 2007/08 campaign, Graham was sent on loan to East Stirlingshire, where he scored fifteen league goals in thirty-three appearances. He would leave the club in 2011, Kirkcaldy bound after Raith Rovers offered him a two-year contract that Allan Moore refused to match.

Scott Tiffoney was recruited by Morton following his release from St Mirren at the age of 17. He made his competitive debut in 2016, but after struggling to secure a regular starting slot in Jim Duffy’s side in the 2016/17 season, he left for Clyde on loan. He would return to Greenock with only six appearances to show for his loan spell. After a successful 2017/18 season, Tiffoney would leave for Livingston, with The Ton being due no compensation after a blunder by then CEO Warren Hawke. He would return to familiar surroundings for the start of the following season, making eleven league appearances for The Ton in his 2018/19 loan spell before joining Ayr United for the rest of the season. Livingston then sent him to his third loan destination, Partick Thistle, before signing a permanent deal ahead of this season.

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Photo - GBR Photographs.

Tale of the Tape  

The less said about Morton’s early season 0-3 rinsing at Firhill the better, but since then we’ve seen a midweek 0-0 draw in howling weather at Cappielow in October followed by last month’s extremely satisfying smash-and-grab 1-0 win in Glasgow, as Jack Hamilton’s penalty save and Oisin McEntee’s fantastic late strike saw the points deservedly head up the M8, much to the chagrin of many in the home camp, who seemed to feel that their dreadful pitch contributed to their downfall on the night. Never mind. 

Opposition Analysis  

Since that evening at Firhill, Partick have added Colombian striker Juan Alegria on loan from their big pals, Rangers, and the front man could partner Graham or Dundee loanee Alex Jakubiak up front. Scott Tiffoney returned to the Jags’ squad for their 1-1 draw at Gayfield a couple of weeks ago, but succumbed to injury after only ten minutes and hasn’t featured since. 

Veteran striker Brian Graham has proven a vital part of a Partick side who have their eyes firmly fixed on securing a promotion play-off berth. The target man has scored thirteen league goals this season, earning him joint top spot alongside Arbroath’s Michael McKenna. Kyle Turner, who was benched for The Ton’s remarkable 1-0 win a few weeks ago, has proven the Maryhill side’s creative force so far, with a Championship-leading seven assists.

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Photo - GBR Photographs.

Betting Guide  

All odds are supplied by McBookie. All odds correct as of 7am on 11th March 2022 and are subject to change. Please only bet within your means and visit BeGambleAware if you are struggling.  

Partick are favourites going into the game at 13/10, whilst a repeat of Morton’s win from the other week is a generous 15/8 and the draw is 11/5. 

With at least one of the teams getting a shut out in all three previous meetings this term, Morton to win to nil is 15/4. Robbie Muirhead to score the final goal, a favourite tip of mine, comes in at 13/2. Hopefully that final goal delivers three points. 

Match Officials  

Referee- David Munro 

AR 1- David Doig 

AR 2- Gordon McCabe 

 

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