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  1. 11 points
    I was looking forward to finding out how the club could manage to make things the big bad Morton fans fault when none of us are even allowed in the fucking ground, but I see we've made it there after two league games. Sterling work.
  2. 10 points
    Should charge £18 for the Hearts game at Cappielow with a special offer of the Queen of the South game a fortnight later for a tenner if you buy the Hearts game. Excellent way for Morton fans to pay the going rate whilst fleecing the bastards for the maroon pound.
  3. 9 points
    Couldn't tell which team was Morton at the beginning but they made it very fucking clear right away with that performance.
  4. 7 points
    Partick conceded a last minute goal to lose up in Cove while we were celebrating Strapps winner. Get it right up them and ‘Tam’ O’Ware.
  5. 7 points
    Released to free up a wage for Charlie Telfer. The worst thing McKinnon did to Morton.
  6. 6 points
    Can you actually see the game from the crevice of Robbie Muirhead’s arse?
  7. 5 points
    TPS relegated on away goals
  8. 5 points
    Jacobs has surely, surely merited a start ahead of Blues for games like this.* And Colville and Lyon still aren't getting a look-in.
  9. 5 points
    Raith Certainly Capitalised On Our Poor Performance Yesterday.
  10. 4 points
    Get it right up VT and his distaste for the Scottish Nation Team and international football. Drink it in, boy
  11. 4 points
    Imagine we'd started with our actual best eleven btw.
  12. 4 points
    Desperate attempt to claw back some greenies after being bombarded with reds on the match thread. Fooling nobody.
  13. 4 points
    I wouldn't say £14 is too much, especially when you consider that theoretically (in non lockdown times) 5 mates could chip in to all watch the game with a few beers when it would usually cost them around £100 to all go to the match.
  14. 3 points
    Morton’s League Cup Semi Final 2016 – Where Are They Now? by Dean McKinnon. 22nd October 2016. Hampden Park. I would love to offer a personal insight into the emotion of standing in our national stadium watching Jim Duffy lead his Morton team out in our first semi-final appearance for thirty-five years, but unfortunately I was not in attendance. I watched from afar on a stream, having accepted an invitation to work abroad a few months earlier. Staring ruefully at the TV in a living room in Moscow was not how I envisioned watching one of Morton’s biggest achievements of the 21st century. My conflicting emotions and reflective self-pity wouldn’t make for a particularly enjoyable article however, so I digress. The League Cup campaign did not begin in a fashion befitting its culmination. After a lacklustre 0-0 draw against Albion Rovers in Coatbridge, Morton gained a bonus point after winning 4-3 on penalties. Clyde were the next opponents, providing stubborn opposition in a laboured 1-0 win at Cappielow. Travelling down the coast towards Ayrshire to take on old foes Kilmarnock, Morton fans could be forgiven for lacking a great deal of confidence. Gary Oliver was the squad’s only fit striker and the performances against Albion Rovers and Clyde were uninspiring. Hardly a set of circumstances that pointed towards upsetting the odds against a Premiership team featuring former Scotland international Kris Boyd. Step forward Jai Quitongo. An explosive and direct young winger who had been released from the youth systems of both Hamilton and Aberdeen. Jim Duffy utilised Quitongo as a striker, and he certainly grasped the opportunity with both hands. He assisted Gary Oliver in opening the scoring after eight minutes before sealing the win with his first ever senior goal, marking the occasion with a celebration that would become forever associated with Quitongo. The jubilant away support sung the name of their new goal hero, along with the modified version of ‘Oh We Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside’ historically associated with this fixture. Is this the last we’ll hear of Jai Quitongo in this cup run? Absolutely not. A week later, goals from Celtic loanee Jamie Lindsay and the aforementioned Quitongo sealed a routine win against Berwick Rangers. Morton progressed through to the Second Round as group winners. Photo - The Scotsman. Were The Ton suitably rewarded for finishing top of their group? Not particularly. A trip to Lanarkshire to take on the Premiership’s perennial underdogs Hamilton Academical was outcome of the draw. A familiar and revered face opened the scoring, but they were not wearing the ‘unique’ chequered yellow and blue kit donned by the away side. Sir Douglas of Imrie dispatched a penalty in very similar fashion to the goal that secured his place in the heart of all Morton fans. However, anyone who had watched Jim Duffy’s Morton side win League One at their first time of asking was well aware that this squad had character in abundance and would not let this setback disrupt them. Ross Forbes’ wand of a left foot drew the Championship side level with an exquisite free kick from the edge of the box. Forbes would then turn provider, with a chipped ball forward into the channel provided Quitongo with something to chase. He outmuscled the Hamilton defence and unleased a right footed half volley that flew into the top corner. Another thumping finish. Another backflip celebration. Another Premiership team humbled. Photo - Tontastic. More familiar opponents, and a more familiar venue, were the reward for Morton’s endeavours, being drawn at home to Championship counterparts Dundee United in the Quarter Finals. Ross Forbes used his head to flick the ball into the same right-hand channel as the winning goal of the previous round. Jai Quitongo smashed the ball high into the roof of the Wee Dublin End net. That man Ross Forbes would once again display his magic, with a whipped delivery into the near post for Tam O’Ware to nod in to double the advantage of the home side. A second half goal for the Taysiders was not enough to spark a comeback and it was confirmed - The Ton were heading to Hampden for the first time in thirty-five years. Photo - BBC. Aberdeen started the match the better of the two sides, hitting the woodwork and having a succession of corners. Morton had their backs to the wall but defended admirably to keep the score level heading towards half time. Jai Quitongo was put clear through on goal in the dying minutes of the first half. The underdogs scoring on the brink of half time would make Derek McInnes, the Aberdeen manager and former Morton star, tear up his half time notes. The stuff of dreams for all those who’d travelled up the M8 to watch their team. The Morton support held their collective breath and hoped that their young talent would show composure in the most high-profile match of his career to date. It was not to be. Quitongo’s attempt on goal was matched by goalkeeper Joe Lewis and the sides went in level at the interval. Aberdeen turned the screw after the break and got their just rewards. Despite a valiant performance by their Championship counterparts, a fractionally offside goal from Aberdeen’s talisman Adam Rooney and a clincher from Kenny McLean sealed The Dons’ place in the showpiece final. As shown throughout this cup run, and the season as a whole in which The Ton finished fourth in the Championship, Jim Duffy had built a Morton side with character, ability and charm. The lopsided 4-4-1-1 was organised and capable of shutting teams out, with a dynamic and hardworking midfield providing the service to the intelligent Gary Oliver and explosive Jai Quitongo. Photo - SNS Where did these players go after this season? Did this young squad go on to fulfil it’s potential? Let’s have a look. Andy McNeil McNeil came to Morton with a reputation that no goalkeeper wants. The old cliché of ‘he has a howler in him’ seemed to be the consensus of the Edinburgh born goalkeeper who started his senior career at his boyhood club of Hibs. Despite this reputation he served as a dependable shot-stopper at the Tail of the Bank. Upon leaving Morton, McNeil travelled to join Hong Kong Premier League side R&F, where he currently serves as a goalkeeper coach. Michael Doyle There was somewhat of a disconnect during ‘Mickey’ Doyle’s two season stay at Cappielow. Fans recognised how hard working and likable the full back was, but his lack of an end product was a frustration in a lop-sided 4-4-1-1 system that expected a lot from Doyle’s limited attacking prowess. Doyle spent a season with Queen of the South before signing for Falkirk after their relegation to League One in 2019. He then followed the former Morton manager Ray McKinnon to League Two Queens Park. He was one of four former Morton players to feature against The Ton this season in the 1-0 win over the Glasgow side in the group stage of the League Cup. Thomas O’Ware Despite O’Ware coming through the ranks at Morton, serving the club for seven years, the relationship between the player and the Morton faithful is fractious to say the least. O’Ware dropped the bombshell that he would be leaving Morton to seek a ‘new challenge’ ahead of the last game of the 2017/18 season, for which he was subsequently dropped. He also issued a plea to St Mirren boss Jack Ross to sign him and stated that he would have no issues crossing the Renfrewshire divide. St Mirren’s interest did not materialise and the defender found himself signing for Partick Thistle. He suffered a serious knee injury in August 2018 that kept him out for the rest of the 2018/19 season. Despite scoring a late winner against Morton in the 2019/20 season, his side were relegated to League One. He was named Head Coach of the Troon FC Development Team in August 2020. Gavin Gunning Gunning signed for Morton with the intention of putting himself in the shop window, and rebuilding his reputation, following his acrimonious departure from Dundee United for picking the ball up mid-match to have an injury treated. He was imperious during his short time at Cappielow and is fondly remembered by the Morton support. After twelve appearances he left Morton in the January transfer window in 2017 to sign for Grimsby Town. Despite rumours of his return, and manager David Hopkin confirming that an enquiry was made, Gunning signed for Gloucester City in the National League North, his fifteenth club. Mark Russell Mark joined Morton having been released from St Mirren Boys Club. After breaking into the first team in the 2013/14 relegation season, he established himself the following season in League One as an attacking full-back, comfortable with the ball at his feet and more than capable of driving past opponents. His development seemed to stall after a run of games playing in left midfield rather than as a full back. He left Morton for ‘a new challenge’ after the 2017/18 season and signed for Falkirk. This was a somewhat questionable move given his refusal to sign for McKinnon’s Morton team, only to subsequently sign for McKinnon’s Falkirk team. Following his release from Falkirk he moved to Ireland to sign for Finns Harp in the League of Ireland Premier Division. Jamie McDonagh The versatile Northern Irishman signed for Morton having failed to make the grade at Sheffield United. Initially signing for Morton as a forward he found himself utilised at right midfield and right back throughout the course of his time in Greenock. Following the conclusion of the 2016/2017 season McDonagh signed for Sligo Rovers. He then spent two seasons at Derry City before signing for Glentoran. Earlier this season he lined up against a Motherwell side containing his former Morton teammate Ricki Lamie in the Europa League first qualifying round. Jamie Lindsay The Celtic youngster had his first taste of senior football in the Championship with Dumbarton in 2015/16 before joining Morton on a season long loan. A mainstay in this Morton side, Lindsay made forty appearances in all competitions in 2016/17 before being given the chance to play in Scotland’s top-flight with Ross County. Despite their relegation, Ross County signed Lindsay permanently where he helped them gain promotion back to the Premiership. He would go on to sign for Rotherham United in the summer of 2019 and went on to win promotion to the Championship. It was obvious to all inside Cappielow that Jamie Lindsay had the ability to play at a higher level. I think it’s a safe assertion that all Morton fans wish Lindsay well and will keenly monitor his development in the English Championship. Andy Murdoch A late addition to the 2016/17 squad, the former Rangers youth player signed for The Ton as a free agent in September 2016 following a poor start in the Championship alongside Gavin Gunning. He was a standout performer in 2016/17 and subsequently accepted a one-year extension for the following season. After Ray McKinnon’s appointment in the Cappielow hotseat, he made it known to Murdoch that he would not be offered a contract, much to the dismay of the Morton support. He then signed for Championship rivals Ayr United, where he remains to this day. He started against The Ton in the pulsating 3-2 comeback win earlier on in the season. Kudus Oyenuga Morton were the tenth club Oyenuga played for, including spells north of the border with St Johnstone, Dundee United and Cowdenbeath. The former Spurs youth player spent one season at Cappielow before signing for Chelmsford City. He has since went on to have spells at Dartford, Haringey Borough, Welling United, Margate, Leatherhead and most recently Brentwood Town. Jai Quitongo It may sound blunt, but Quitongo’s career trajectory has been nowhere near as meteoric as the opening few paragraphs of this article would suggest. Following Quitongo being linked with a number of clubs, Morton rejected an offer from Doncaster Rovers for the youngster. He had surgery on a knee injury in January 2017 before deciding to leave Morton following the conclusion of the 2017/18 season. He was subsequently signed by Partick Thistle before being released by the Jags in March 2019 following off-field allegations. He then signed a four-year deal with Iranian side Machine Sazi. He made eight appearances then left the club in late 2019. In January 2020 he signed a short-term deal with Dumbarton, playing under former Morton manager Jim Duffy. He now joins another former Morton manager, Ray McKinnon, at Queens Park in League Two. Gary Oliver Gary Oliver, nephew of former Morton manager Jim Duffy, started his career at Hearts, making twenty-five first team appearances over three seasons. He then spent a year on loan at Stenhousemuir in League One before signing a permanent deal with Queen of the South in 2015/16. He then signed for Morton in 2016, staying at the club for three seasons. Following his release, he returned to the Doonhamers in 2019/20, before returning to Greenock this summer to play under David Hopkin. Subs: Aidan Nesbitt Nesbitt joined the club on a season long loan from Celtic following a loan spell with Partick Thistle. After the 2016/17 season’s conclusion he moved to MK Dons to work under his fellow Scot Robbie Neilson. Following Neilson being sacked, Nesbitt found himself out of favour at MK Dons. He was then reunited with his former gaffer in January 2019, signing for Neilson’s new side Dundee United on a short-term deal until the end of the 2019 season. Nesbitt rejoined The Ton ahead of the 2019/20 season and is currently still playing for the club. Scott Tiffoney Tiffoney was released from St Mirren’s youth system and was picked up by Morton. He spent six months on loan at Clyde before breaking into The Ton’s first team. The pacey forward’s performances earned him a move to Premiership outfit Livingston in the summer of 2018. He was immediately loaned back to former club Morton and was later sent on loan to Ayr United. At the time of writing, he has made ten appearances for Livingston this season. Lee Kilday Lee Kilday rose through the ranks at Hamilton before joining Jim Duffy in attempting to win League One and return Morton to the second tier. He initially rotated between right back and centre back before securing a place in the centre of defence. He was selected as Morton’s club captain in August 2016. Hamilton would offer an undisclosed fee in an attempt to lure Kilday back to Lanarkshire, but he remained at The Ton. Kilday didn’t make a single appearance for the club in 2017/18 having suffered a serious ankle injury. In March 2018, in an effort to aid his recovery, Kilday was loaned out to League One club Airdrieonians. Kilday’s 157 appearances for The Ton had us all dreaming of a team of Lee Kildays. In a now familiar career move for players released by Morton, Kilday signed for Dumfries side Queen of the South for the 2019/20 season. Leaving the Doonhamers after a single season, he joined the long list of former Morton players signed for Ray McKinnon’s Queens Park side. Unused subs: Ricki Lamie Shotts born defender Lamie was signed by Jim Duffy as a raw left sided defender. Morton stalwart Peter Weatherson had managed to provoke the younger into a red card in a match between Morton and Airdire. Lamie had a challenging start to his Morton career as he attempted to cut his teeth playing at left back in League One. He worked hard, endeared himself to the Morton support and developed into a solid defender equally capable playing in central defence or left back. Lamie scored his first ever senior goal at St Mirren Park as a ten-man Morton team snatched a late equaliser on Hogmanay 2016. Lamie’s career has went from strength to strength since leaving the club. He signed for Premiership side Livingston in the summer of 2018 and spent two seasons with The Lions. The versatility he perfected under the tutelage of Jim Duffy saw his feature as a centre back, left back and left wing back as Livingston successfully established themselves as a top-flight club. His performances earned him a move to Motherwell, where he featured in all three rounds of The Well’s Europa League campaign this season. Michael Tidser Released from Celtic at the age of 19 despite being captain of their U19 side, Tidser sought football abroad and moved to Swedish side Ostersunds. Morton manager James Grady signed the midfielder in January 2009 and he made his debut away at Raith Rovers. He was a player who oozed composure and class and quickly endeared himself to the Morton support. He was an integral part of the 2012/13 squad who challenged for the First Division title, scoring 11 goals in all competitions that season. In June 2013 a £50,000 offer from Rotherham United was accepted by Morton chairman Douglas Rae and the player moved south of the border to join the League One club. He would play for Rotherham at Cappielow a week later in a friendly, where he received a standing ovation from the home support. Rotherham would finish second in League One that season, although Tidser was very much a squad player. Tidser spent the first half of the 2014/15 season on loan at Oldham Athletic, but only made five appearances. He was released by Rotherham and a deal was struck to return to the Tail of the Bank. The jubilation that Tidser was ‘coming home’ in January 2015 was short lived when it transpired that, as he had already played for two clubs in the 2014/15 season, could not play for the rest of the season. Incompetence on this scale has become all too familiar at Cappielow, with then Chief Executive Gillian Donaldson being the focal point of fans’ frustrations. Over the next three seasons Tidser would make 70 appearances in all competitions. It could certainly be argued that throughout Duffy’s spell in the dugout at Cappielow that he did not get as much as he could out of Michael Tidser. The faults of Ray McKinnon have been (justifiably) very well covered by Morton fans, but it cannot be denied that he got the absolute best out of the midfielder. Somewhere between an advanced playmaker and a ‘number ten’, Tidser thrived in a midfield five and was back to his best. The same praise could not be offered to McKinnon’s successor, Jonathan Johansson. Then came the news no Morton fan wanted to believe. The story broke that Tidser had signed a pre-contract agreement with Falkirk. Ray McKinnon’s Falkirk. Bear in mind, this was not simply a player who’d arrived at Cappielow on the ever-spinning merry-go-round that is lower league Scottish football and hung around for a season. This was Michael Tidser. A player Morton plucked from the scrapheap after an unsuccessful spell abroad and being released from Celtic. A player who would have surely went on to finish his career at Cappielow with a testimonial and the everlasting admiration of every single Morton supporter. Despite his admirable performances for the rest of the season, playing his part in Morton’s push to fifth place, there was a very sour note to his departure for newly relegated Falkirk. His reuniting with Ray McKinnon was not a successful one. Falkirk struggled in the third tier and Tidser featured infrequently for The Bairns, making only nine league appearances in the 2019-20 season. For a man of his abilities, Tidser is now playing his football in a rather remedial environment, captaining Lowland League side Kelty Hearts under the tutelage of former Scotland international Barry Ferguson. Jon Scullion You could be forgiven for looking at Jon Scullion and dismissing the idea of a career in football. A technically gifted but physically challenged striker who signed for Morton having failed to make the grade at St Mirren. He run amok in the Development League but struggled to make the jump to senior level. Thirty-four appearances across three seasons, with four goals to show for his efforts, was not enough to convince manager Jim Duffy to retain Scullion. He was released in the summer of 2017. Following an unsuccessful trial at Lowland League side East Kilbride, he signed for Kilburnie Ladeside in the West of Scotland Premier Division. He is currently still with the Junior side. Derek Gaston Gaston signed for Morton from Albion Rovers, who signed him three years previously from Baillieston U21s. A goalkeeper with a large frame yet remarkable agility and shot stopping abilities, Gaston went on to make over two hundred appearances between the sticks for Morton. Forced out of the team in the relegation season in 2013/14, he regained his place in the side the following season and was pivotal in Morton winning League One. Current Morton manager David Hopkin released him in the summer of 2019, a decision that was questioned by the Morton support. Gaston would remain in the second tier after signing with Arbroath. He helped the Angus side secure their Championship status last season, finishing in an impressive fifth place. Gaston is still held in high regards by the Morton support and appeared against The Ton last weekend in the 0-0 draw with Arbroath. Jim Duffy A no nonsense centre back throughout his playing career, in which he had a three-year stint at Cappielow, Jim Duffy’s first ventured into management aged just thirty. Taking over the reigns at Falkirk, he then went on to have spells in the dugout at Dundee, Brechin City and Clyde. He also served in the backroom staff at Hearts and Norwich City. With Kenny Sheils sacked, and a relegation and ten goal humiliation still casting a sizeable shadow over the club, Duffy took charge at the Tail of the Bank. His remit was simple – win League One at the first time of asking. He went about building a young, industrious squad. A League One campaign, the hallmark of which was late comebacks from Morton, fittingly came down to the wire. In scenes remanent of that magical day in 2003, Morton had to overcome Peterhead at Cappielow to be crowned champions. A 3-1 win for the home side sealed Morton’s tenth league title. Club captain Peter MacDonald lifted the trophy along with Douglas Rae, the last piece of silverware the former chairman would see the club win. Duffy would remain in the dugout for three Championship campaigns, finishing fifth, fourth and seventh respectively. Following two late season slumps in successive seasons, Duffy was relieved of his duties following the 2017/18 season. The sacking of another former Morton player, Stevie Aitken, saw Duffy take over the managerial position at Dumbarton. Last season, Duffy guided the club to a comfortable mid-table finish. Photo - gmfc.net. Massive thanks to Chris McNulty (@chrismcnulty75) for his help in sourcing these photos!
  15. 3 points
    If people don't want to watch our away game turgidball then there's a very easy solution right now tbh. You're not travelling to Gayfield and standing in freezing conditions, you can just choose not give Arbroath a tenner for some shan Pixellot stream and watch the outcome roll in with Jeff and the boys instead. You can't say that you didn't know what to expect. The bottom line here is that it is not the job of Morton to entertain or even to 'have a go' enough in away game in the Championship, whether that is against Arbroath or Hearts. That is certainly true for this current squad that is just off the back of a 5-0 tanking and is lacking quality in several key positions. The job is to get points on the board and deny the opponents the lift that they needed today to kickstart their season. Getting the season done with our Championship status preserved for the new regime should be our only goal right now. That doesn't mean that some changes shouldn't be made. I'd like to see the balance tilted towards more attacking quality rather than defensive positioning/work rate in our home games by giving Nesbitt and McPake much more game time. I'm also not sure that you can have Jacobs and McAlister in the same central midfield and expect to create much anyway: unless you trust them to anchor a 3-4-3 which is a dodgy prospect. Tl;Dr - if we're setting up like that at home every week and not getting enough wins at Cappielow then we'll have a problem. We can shitfest every single away game 0-0 all season long though and I couldn't give a toss about some fisherman's Saturday entertainment being ruined.
  16. 3 points
    Awful, absolutely awful performance. If I hear “tough place to go” and “good, well-drilled team” mentioned I’m going to lose it.
  17. 3 points
    I'm not surprised by these results at all. Given that we have seen first hand how lucrative the League Cup can be, I'm surprised at the 'extension of pre-season' narrative we've witnessed under McKinnon and subsequently Hopkin. Win your group and you're two matches, one of which you are seeded for, away from being at Hampden for a national cup semi final. It's also worth noting that, according to the red tops anyway, the League Cup prize pot is higher than the Scottish Cup. The League Cup has potential to earn the club a lot of revenue early in the season. Why are we shunning this opportunity because we can't/won't arrange a couple more pre-season friendlies? As for the Challenge Cup, there are two main reasons why I'd like the club to treat the competition more seriously. The first is the potential for a novelty away day, turning up at some bin town in Wales or Ireland and pumping them would be excellent. The second is that for a club of our size, winning the Challenge Cup is a realistic aim. I know including the Colt teams is a nonsense, but it's still a tournament that we should be capable of winning. We're the most underachieving full time club in Scotland, who the fuck are we to turn our noses up at any cup success? A more overarching point is that Morton as a club are, generally speaking, mainstays in the second tier. I think we can all agree that supporting Morton can be repetitive and stale at times. A cup run, whether as substantial as Jim Duffy taking us to Hampden or simply a weekend on the piss with our mates in Sligo in the Challenge Cup, would be an excellent for the club. We also have an aging fanbase who, like all clubs, need to entice younger supporters into forming an emotional attachment to the club. Morton, MCT and Morton in the Community can have all the soft marketing outcomes they like, nothing engages and inspires young football fans more than success. If you want to put more bums in seats every second Saturday then making cup success a priority will go a long way to achieving that.
  18. 3 points
    That's a fantastic way to package 'we've not got enough money to buy meat for the players'
  19. 3 points
    Given our last league ended in a 5-0 drubbing I'd say 'no'. But even if we do go on an okay run I still expect us to rotate: that's the only way to keep the 27 squad players that we've assembled content. Couldn't give a toss about the result of this dead rubber game but a solid defensive performance again is a positive sign. It seems that the Raith game was more of an aberration on that front: it's the lack of quality up front that is going to be the real issue.
  20. 3 points
    TL;DR Who'd have thought that even with such a long wait, Scotland still managed to qualify for a tournament before you popped your cherry?
  21. 3 points
    Yeah, the challenge we have is finding the trade off between a solid enough defence and a balanced midfield. At least we should now see Ledger get a run of games on the right whatever system it is and hopefully solve that problem. If you go with the back four and 4-3-3 of last season then you can have a properly balanced midfield with Jacobs sitting and Colville & Lyon having more freedom to attack, then you're not having to leave any area exposed defensively to accommodate three attackers - surely McPake, Nesbitt and MacIver are the obvious first choices now. I suspect Hopkin would probably prefer two sitting midfielders in that setup, so Jacobs & McAlister with just one of Colville/Lyon but either way that's a balanced midfield and attack (discounting Blues and Omar as central midfield options for obvious reasons). The problem comes in defence with Fjortoft probably having to do the job of two centre backs with either McGinty or McLean beside him being too error-prone and less likely to get away with it than they are in a back three. Maybe having a more coherent shape in midfield will compensate for that defensively though. If you do persist with the back three/five to be more defensively solid, then we either end up short in the middle of the park through trying to accommodate so many attacking options with a 3-4-3, or can only pick one of McPake/Nesbitt off a centre forward in a 3-5-2 and you end up with little attacking width when your wing backs are really full backs. While the 3-4-3 gets more attackers on, so far it's left us with no attacking Plan B beyond the diagonal balls from centre backs, and if that's not working then you've essentially got those three attackers completely isolated from the game. If you're going to set up like that then you need someone in the middle of the park who actually has a bit of composure in possession to either pick a pass to bring the attackers into the game or carry the ball up the park themselves and stop us being penned within 30 yards of our own goal all the time - two of Jacobs, McAlister and Blues won't work. It has to be Colville or Lyon beside Jacobs for that reason. With the bonus of also adding more composure in possession if needed but more importantly because he's just a better defender, I'd put McAlister on the left of the back three instead of McGinty as well. If it's a more conventional 3-5-2 with three in the middle of the park then Jacobs, Colville and Lyon is the only option for the midfield - you need two creative central midfielders there and they're the only two we've got. Again, have McAlister on the left of back three. Finding a way to give enough game time to the dozen attackers needing a place when there are only two slots in the team however is a challenge.
  22. 3 points
    Omar's "through ball" there
  23. 3 points
  24. 3 points
  25. 3 points
    Just pay the club money and be done with it. All well and good dishing out a hound - im guilty of it and at times rightly so - but we've a legitimate good service. Worth paying up for IMO
  26. 3 points
    I don't care if Muirhead gives 100% or not. He got a stupid red card and isn't half the player he thinks he is. I don't use Twitter so if anyone was over the top in criticizing him on there, that's their lookout, not mine. My opinion is that Muirhead is a pea-hearted chancer who's done little to merit a starting place at Morton, and I'd like to see him leave the club when his contract expires. If Hopkin wants to cut up onions for the guy that's fine with me, it won't change my opinion at all. Only vastly improved performances will. As for 'singling out' a player - sorry, should we be criticizing the other guys who got sent off at Dens as well?
  27. 3 points
    Probably time to eat a bit of humble pie about Gherry- the commentary is very good, and given that the Dundee commentary is all we can really compare it to at present, he has a better understanding of the game, it appears he does his research on opposing players and, much as his patter can be grim, has a lot more charisma than that guy. I’d say there are wee things about Morton he’s not up to speed on that probably saddos like myself pick up on, and it was obvious that he and Andy didn’t understand the format of the League Cup groups when the Queen of the South game went to penalties. All that taken into account, and with the better picture, production, analysis and general content outwith the 90 minutes; provided Morton don't increase the prices above £14 for higher profile games, I think it’s fair to say that Morton’s stream is better value than Dundee’s for the overall service they provide.
  28. 2 points
    Complete meltdown from Paul McGowan post-match on Saturday here: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/paul-mcgowan-blasts-dundee-squad-in-astonishing-five-minute-rant-horrible-pathetic-ridiculous-passengers-letting-the-club-down/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social Having no attacking threat at all against this mob is looking worse with every game they play.
  29. 2 points
    The fact they get what is in effect a free ride here is a fucking joke. They would have been hounded every game except for the absolute limbs against ayr but even that covered over a very poor performance.
  30. 2 points
    That looks like our best team. Could maybe swap McLean for McGinty but the rest should be first picks. And please no taking our best players off after an hour just to get game time for subs if the first pick players can manage the 90 minutes (which they should be able to as a basic standard). Maybe some subs if we are 3-0 up and coasting but ffs let’s kill games off when we can.
  31. 2 points
    We were superb tonight tbh. Thoroughly deserved to go through, despite Serbia having us under the cosh in ET. The system Clarke has built over the past few games is impressive considering how awful it looked when we first tried it out against Israel in the nations league. Lets us get our best players out on the pitch and in roles suited to them, even if they're out of position like McTominay and to a lesser extent Tierney. Also getting performances out of the likes of Gallagher who absolutely bodied Mitrovic for the full hour and a half, and Ryan Jack who has gone from a "why is he in the squad" to nailed on starter in the space of a few games.
  32. 2 points
  33. 2 points
    If you have IPTV you can access the St Mirren game on Arena Sport (Slovenia), Sport 1+ (Germany) and Viaplay (Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland).
  34. 2 points
  35. 2 points
    I think Jacobs and McIver were the most important subs we made.
  36. 2 points
    Right, they're 1-0 up, just need them to get a red card and we might trouble their half. That one admittedly very good run from Salkeld that resulted in an admittedly very good corner from Nesbitt is all we've created. No sign of anything else. I felt Muirhead held the ball up well twice in the first 15 minutes but the less said since that the better. We don't even have an out ball so it'll just be relentless pressure until the heat death of the universe.
  37. 2 points
    'However, the boys are giving me their all out on the park' is just a modern version of Jim McInally's 'I can't fault my boys' efforts today, they were just more streetwise than us'.
  38. 2 points
    If they're giving their all and are losing 5-0 then this demonstrates that they're either very badly set up by their manager or he has done a very bar job of assembling a Championship-standard squad. I want culpability highlighted not endless, mealy mouthed platitudes.
  39. 2 points
    It starts with mewling about red dots and a forum clique; it ends with a tear-drenched resignation post being added to a signature.
  40. 2 points
    The clique will be round to deal with that, champ. Thanks for playing.
  41. 2 points
  42. 2 points
    Episode 9 is now live! Dean, Evan and Ewan react to Morton's stunning 3-2 comeback win against Ayr United. Dean also interview's the Greenock Telegraph's Morton reporter Chris Dodds. Remember you can now subscribe to us wherever you get your podcasts!
  43. 2 points
    Gets better with every viewing.
  44. 2 points
  45. 2 points
    And it was worth every last penny.
  46. 2 points
    Are we allowed to call that Muirhead a brainless moron? Ridiculous tackle.
  47. 2 points
    Put the stream on there to hear Andy Ritchie say who gives a flying fuck and asked what Jacobs first name was before getting taken back offline again 😂 More of that chat please morton
  48. 2 points
    Could he worse, reports from the ICT first stream at the weekend using Pixellot was that it kept tracking a bald headed linesman thinking it was the ball.
  49. 2 points
    If that's the sole purpose of the exercise then I'd rather give a similar sum to MCT and oblige the club to deal with its prospective owners instead to get access to that cash. Unlike most clubs in Scotland there is actually an alternative revenue stream set up here and giving that group additional leverage is a better way of sustaining the long term interests of the club IMO.
  50. 2 points

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