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  1. Our match thread is brought to you in association with Titan Spiced Rum. The new Morton Club Edition is available to order now, visit TitanSpiritsLTD.com and secure your bottle today! Titan Spiced - Rum, Reggae, Retro. Our match thread is brought to you in association with the Tail O’ The Bank Credit Union – Inverclyde’s Credit Union since 1984. Anyone who lives or works in Inverclyde can join and save, borrow and plan for tomorrow. We provide quality, accessible, low cost financial services including affordable loans that beat banks rates and are tailored to meet your individual needs. Contact us via our website or by phone on 01475 734655.
  2. Craig & Alan discuss Morton's 5-1 defeat at Firhill & the end of the loan window, and Dean has an interview with Titan Spirits Director Stuart Drake.
  3. Craig & Alan discuss Morton's 5-1 defeat at Firhill & the end of the loan window, and Dean has an interview with Titan Spirits Director Stuart Drake.
  4. Morton vs Queen’s Park- Match Preview By Russell Gordon Morton face a midweek trip to Larbert this evening looking to right some wrongs after Saturday’s horrendous afternoon in Maryhill, but are running into a side that are hitting their best run of form so far this season and sitting neatly in second place in the table following last season’s promotion through the play-offs. With trips to the Falkirk area a very rare thing in recent years, three points would be very welcome if Morton don’t want to concern themselves with trips to another part of town next season. Photo- GBR Photographs Squad News The return of Jack Baird will prove a massive boost to Dougie Imrie, although he’ll also be desperate to see the return of Alan Lithgow to help shore up a porous defence that allowed Partick far too easy an afternoon on Saturday, struggling especially to deal with their threat in the air. Jai Quitongo’s suspension extends to a second match, having accumulated six league bookings (including his second yellow against Arbroath) already this season. Hopefully Imrie will be able to assemble more than four bodies for a bench tonight, but competition for places isn’t exactly something that’s going to affect many of his regular starting eleven, which will be a relief to many after Saturday’s debacle. Current Connections There are a few connections in either camp, with Morton captain Grant Gillespie and the aforementioned Quitongo arriving from Queen’s in the summer, whilst the hosts boast Lee Kilday and former ‘Ton loanees Jason Naismith and Josh McPake. Assistant Manager Andy Millen can list Queen’s Park as the final of the many clubs he represented in his lengthy playing career. Photo-GBR Photographs Tale of the Tape With the Spiders only deciding in recent years to move away from their traditional amateur status, due to a number of factors, such as the sale of Hampden and the opening of Scottish football’s pyramid, not to mention the philanthropy of money-man Willie Haughey, meetings between the two have been few and far between. The last meeting between the clubs was however as recently as 2020 as Cameron Blues’ second half goal in a League Cup group match saw Ray McKinnon’s side head down the M8 with nothing from a visit to Cappielow, just for a wee change. Morton also enjoyed a penalty shoot-out success at the same stage after a 2-2 Cappielow draw in 2017, having suffered a 0-2 Challenge Cup upset at Hampden a year previous. The last league meetings were way back in 2002-03 season, with the ‘Ton claiming two wins and two draws en route to the title. A double from Super Alex Williams and a Lee Duncan strike gave Morton an early season win at Cappielow against John McCormack’s side early in the campaign, but as Morton started to stutter in October, Dave McPherson was relieved of his duties after a 1-1 draw at Hampden and replaced by his counterpart in the home dugout. A 1-1 draw at Cappielow later in the season was followed up by a scrappy 1-0 win at the National Stadium, with John Adam’s fine strike from a free kick taking the points to Greenock. Photo- GBR Photographs Opposition Analysis A team that scraped up through the back door last season, off the back of a remarkable number of 1-1 draws against some extremely mediocre opposition, one could’ve been forgiven for thinking that the Spiders may toil this season, especially when factoring in their somewhat nomadic existence in recent seasons with the delays to Lesser Hampden’s redevelopment. But Laurie Ellis’s time in charge was never going to last, and Manager Owen Coyle’s appointment was in the post long before last season’s conclusion, and with him has seen an influx of a higher standard of player as they adapt to their new surroundings. Enzo Tamagnini from the Spiders Talk Podcast (@SpidersTalkPod), gave me his thoughts on their early season form. “It’s probably fair to say that Queen’s have adapted to life better than anyone could have hoped or expected. Our two defeats have come at Dens Park, arguably the most difficult away fixture in the division, and as a result of a second half collapse against Ayr United, having led 2-0. Owen Coyle and his summer signings have been a huge part of this. Had he not joined the club towards the tail end of last season, you can be sure that we’d be plying our trade in League One this term. The difference in motivation and confidence was evident almost immediately, and the effects are clear to see even now. Dom Thomas and Grant Savoury provide the obvious threats, having both arrived over the summer from Dunfermline and Peterhead respectively. They offer creativity and real attacking threat on each wing, and have proven a serious handful for teams this season. Simon Murray has also become a key part of the side; having scored five goals in the league to add to his three Premier Sports Cup strikes, the new captain is relishing his additional responsibility. He contributes so much more than goals though, with his hold up play being a key factor in our positive start to the season. Another player to pay close attention to is 6’6 centre back Stephen Eze, who opened his scoring account for the club in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Raith Rovers. With 13 caps for Nigeria under his belt, expectations for him were high. His performances thus far have been somewhat inconsistent, but there’s been a marked improvement week on week as he adapts to the Scottish game. We’ve now had two consecutive clean sheets, and his commanding presence has played a big part in a achieving these. Victory against Morton would (albeit temporarily) Take us top of the league but nobody will be taking anything for granted- we all know how unpredictable this league can be, and I’m certain that Grant Gillespie will be impressing on his new teammates not to help out his own pals in any way. Regardless, it’s an important opportunity to show that we’re not just here to make up the numbers. Betting Guide All odds are supplied by McBookie. All odds correct as of 7am on 4th October 2022 and are subject to change. Please only bet within your means and visit BeGambleAware if you are struggling. The hosts are understandably favourites heading into the match at 21/20, with Morton at 9/4 and the draw 23/10. Robbie Muirhead is 15/2 to score the final goal, and given how profligate we’ve been in front of goal, this week’s optimistic bet of a correct score of 1-0 to Morton is 9/1. Match Officials Referee- Steven Kirkland AR 1- Ross MacLeod AR 2- Colin McAlpine
  5. Away Day Guide – Queens Park (10th September) Photo - Stenhousemuir FC Tickets Tickets can be bought upon arrival at Ochilview. Prices are as follows: Adults - £20, Concessions (OAPs) - £13, U16s - £8. Ochilview’s turnstiles are cash only, however matchday tickets can be bought in advance via Queens Park's online ticketing system. Disabled Supporters Information Disabled fans will enter through the gate at the home turnstiles, and will be housed in the main stand at Ochilview. For more information contact Stenhousemuir FC on 01324 562992. Supporters Buses There are NO supporters buses running to Ochilview. By Train There are two services an hour to Glasgow Central on the low line, departing Gourock at :08 and :38 every hour, as well as one train an hour on the high line, departing Wemyss Bay at :57 every hour. Travel to Glasgow Central and transfer to Glasgow Queen Street. From Queen Street, services to Larbert run on the Glasgow-Dunblane service, taking around 25 minutes. The stadium is around a 15 minute (0.7 miles) walk from the train station. All info taken from the ScotRail website. By Car Use postcode FK5 4QL for the stadium, or FK5 3DB for the Asda beside the stadium for parking. Follow the M8 onto the M80, then follow the M876 onto the A9 and into Stenhousemuir. The best place to park is the Asda across the road from the stadium, which is a couple of minutes walk from the turnstiles. Pre-Match Photo - WhatPub Ochilview boasts two bars in close vicinity to the stadium, The Ochilview Bar and the Wee Bar inside the stadium. The Ochilview Bar (Tryst Rd, Stenhousemuir, Larbert FK5 4QJ) is located next to the terracing at the away end of the stadium, serving drinks, bar snacks and showing live football. Slightly further afield, The Station Hotel (2 Foundry Loan, Larbert FK5 4AW) is located next to Larbert Train Station. Photo - WhatPub
  6. Our match thread is brought to you in association with Titan Spiced Rum. The new Morton Club Edition is available to order now, visit TitanSpiritsLTD.com and secure your bottle today! Titan Spiced - Rum, Reggae, Retro. Our match thread is brought to you in association with the Tail O’ The Bank Credit Union – Inverclyde’s Credit Union since 1984. Anyone who lives or works in Inverclyde can join and save, borrow and plan for tomorrow. We provide quality, accessible, low cost financial services including affordable loans that beat banks rates and are tailored to meet your individual needs. Contact us via our website or by phone on 01475 734655.
  7. Partick Thistle vs Morton – Match Preview by Dean McKinnon As international football rides off into the sunset following an outstanding week’s work from Steve Clarke’s men, we turn out attention back to domestic matters with a trip up the road to face old foes Partick Thistle. In between impressive wins against Ukraine and Ireland, our favourites progressed in the SPFL Trust Trophy, thanks in no small part to Sean McGinty’s not-at-all-funny penalty miss. Photo - GBR Photographs. Squad Update With the domestic loan window closing today, the Cowshed faithful will be hoping that Dougie Imrie can add to his attacking options ahead of the trip up the M8. Jai Quitongo will spend Saturday in the stand following his two bookings against Arbroath, not to mention his exploits against Ayr United. 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. Robbie Crawford joined the Jags in January last year and was a mainstay in their midfield for the second half of last season, making sixteen league appearances. Robbie Muirhead has also ran out for the Jags - 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. Tale of the Tape Morton bested their Glasgow counterparts over the course of their four meetings last year, despite a comfortable 3-0 hosing from the Jags on Matchday 4, in what could easily be classed as one of Morton’s worst performances over the course of the season. A goalless stalemate on Matchday 11 would be the last points Partick gained against The Ton. Oisin McEntee’s predatory spin and finish from a corner sent the away fans into ecstasy on Matchday 26 in Glasgow as Dougie Imrie’s side claimed a 1-0 win on the road. Gavin Reilly and Robbie Muirhead provided a fireworks finish in the last meeting of the season, with their goals in the 76th and 86th minute reversing the 1-0 scoreline and sending the Cowshed into delirium. Photo - GBR Photographs. Opposition Analysis The Glasgow side are currently top of the pile in this season’s Championship, with four wins and two draws to their name thus far in the campaign. Partick’s attacking prowess has been noteworthy so far this term, with Anton Dowds, Brian Graham and Steven Lawless notching three goals apiece of the sixteen times the Jags have found the net. Despite their positive start to the campaign, Partick will find themselves disappointed with their previous two results. Having a comfortable 2-0 lead over Cove Rangers at Firhill in their last Championship outing, they surrendered two points thanks to a Mark Reynolds double inside the last ten minutes of the match. This was followed up last Friday with defeat to perennial League One underdogs Falkirk in the SPFL Trust Trophy, with goals either side of half time from Rumarn Burrell and former Morton forward Gary Oliver securing the win for the third-tier side. Photo - GBR Photographs. Betting Guide All match odds are provided by McBookie. Odds are correct as of 7am on 29th September 2022 and are subject to change. Please only bet within your means and visit BeGambleAware if you are struggling. The hosts enter the match as the bookmakers’ favourites, priced at 13/20 to keep all three points in Maryhill, with 13/5 offered for the draw and the Greenock side an impressive 15/4 to leave Firhill with maximum points. Club captain and regular penalty taker, Grant Gillespie, is listed at 13/2 to score anytime, which may merit investment. If you fancy Robbie Muirhead to repeat his heroics of last season, you can back him to score the last goal at 11/1. Match Officials Referee – William Collum AR1 – Graham McNeillie AR2 – Brian Christie
  8. Away Day Guide – Partick Thistle (1st October) Photo - PTFC Tickets – Admission prices are as follows - Adults £20, Concessions (Over 65s, students, disabled and carer) £15, Under 16s £5. Supporters can purchase tickets here. Disabled Supporters Info – The disabled section at Firhill, for both home and away fans, can be accessed via the large red disabled access gate at the North West corner of the stadium, where the John Lambie Stand and the Colin Weir Stand meet. Disabled toilets are situated as follows; Colin Weir Stand – adjacent to the wheelchair section John Lambie Stand – in the concourse at the rear of the stand. Tickets for the wheelchair section, situated in the Colin Weir Stand, will be available to purchase (cash only) on the day from the red disabled access gate. Supporters Buses – The Gourock Morton Supporters bus will depart from Gourock Train Station at 1.20pm. The price will be decided on the day. Message their page on Facebook or contact Mark on 07847847357 to book a space. Port Glasgow Morton Travel Club are not running a bus. By Train – Due to industrial action, there are no trains running on either Inverclyde line on Saturday. By Car – Use the postcode G20 7AL for the stadium. Without traffic, the estimated journey time from Cappielow to Firhill is 29 minutes via the M8. There is free on-street parking on Garscube Road and adjacent streets on route to the stadium. Firhill Road usually closes between 2.30pm and 5pm. Pre-Match – Photo - GlasgowGuide.co.uk If you’re looking to break up the journey from Greenock to Maryhill, the Toby Jug is a thirty second walk from Glasgow Central on Hope Street (97 Hope St, Glasgow G2 6LL). Upon arrival in Maryhill, Munns (610 Maryhill Rd, Glasgow G20 7ED) is the closest pub to the stadium and is around a five-minute walk from the away turnstiles. Munns opens at 11am and is a traditional football pub which welcomes home fans and away fans. They sell 35ml spirits, have a pool table and dart board and a separate lounge area. Photo - GlasgowGuide
  9. Morton v Ayr United Preview High flying Ayr United make their second trip of the month to Cappielow Park supported by Dalrada Technology looking to repeat their victory over Morton in the third round of the SPFL Trust Trophy. Morton are providing streams for fans in the UK and overseas, purchase at tv.gmfc.net/passes. Photo - GBR Photographs. Squad News After two disappointing league results, Imrie may be tempted to make changes to the side, especially considering the nature of the tournament. Lewis McGrattan’s performance and goal were a couple of the very few positives to take from Saturday’s tepid display against Arbroath, and whilst his namesakes Strapp and McGregor must also be knocking down Imrie’s door looking for starting berths. With the SFA not listing their suspensions online until a Friday, we’re assuming that given his ordering off was for a second booking and not violent conduct, Jai Quitongo will be available for selection, before sitting out at Firhill on October 1st. Hopefully those inside Cappielow don’t take a leaf out of Lee Johnson’s book, however, and have confirmation from the authorities regarding the striker’s availability! Current Connections Our former captain Sean McGinty has struggled for minutes recently at Somerset and if Lee Bullen looks to shuffle his pack, he may well make an appearance at Cappielow, along with deposed goalkeeper Aidan McAdams. They are of course captained by former ‘Ton favourite Andy Murdoch. Morton’s central defensive pairing of Alan Lithgow and Jack Baird have both represented, Ayr, as have midfielders Robbie Crawford and Grant Gillespie and Assistant Manager Andy Millen. Photo - GBR Photos Tale of the Tape The recent defeat to The Honest Men is of course fresh in the memory, and I covered the league fixtures from last term, so we’ll take a different angle. The clubs have never met in this competition, whilst in their most recent League Cup meeting, a Lawrence Shankland hat-trick against his former club at Somerset Park was enough to give the hosts a convincing 3-1 win in July 2018 in a group stage game as Raymond McKinnon’s ultimately brief spell in charge of Morton got off to an inauspicious start, in spite of a Michael Tidser free kick giving Morton the lead. Ayr were also victorious in a League Cup tie in 2005 at Cappielow and we have to go all the way back to 1980 for our most recent win in that competition, 2-1 at Somerset Park. I’m afraid we lost the second leg 0-2 at Cappielow, however, and I refuse to go back any further to upset myself looking for our most recent win over a tie. The Scottish Cup isn’t much to write home about either (although unlike Ayr, we have won that particular trophy). The clubs’ most recent meeting saw a 2-3 defeat at Somerset Park in December 2005, with Morton storming back from 0-3 down only to be controversially denied a late penalty when Jason Walker was felled in the box. The last time we knocked them out of the Scottish Cup was way back in January 1971. Ouch. Opposition Analysis Ayr may have had their wings clipped by Raith Rovers at the weekend, but will be confident going into the tie against a Morton team they comfortably kept at bay only 19 days ago. The hope for Morton fans will be that star man Dipo Akinyemi is given a well-deserved rest for the tie, and that Sean McGinty keeps his place. Although it’s fair to say there is also a bit of fire power waiting in the wings, with Josh Mullin and Bradly Young both coming off the bench on Saturday, the latter pulling the score back to 1-2 before Andy Murdoch’s equaliser and Scott Brown’s subsequent winner for the Fifers. It is of course difficult to predict how both will line-up, but expect changes on both sides. Photo - GBR Photos. Betting Guide All odds are supplied by McBookie. All odds correct as of 7am on 22nd September 2022 and are subject to change. Please only bet within your means and visit BeGambleAware if you are struggling. Ayr are comfortable favourites to overturn a stuttering Morton at even money, whilst the ‘Ton come in at 12/5 and the draw at 23/10. If Morton are to get through the tie, it’s unlikely they’ll be doing so in a terribly high scoring affair, so Morton to win to nil is 9/2 and a correct score of 1-0 to Morton is 15/2 Match Officials Referee- Craig Napier AR 1- Drew Kirkland AR 2- Graeme Leslie
  10. Dean and Alan react to the signing of Liam Grimshaw, Saturday's loss to Arbroath and preview Thursday's visit of Ayr United.
  11. Dean and Alan react to the signing of Liam Grimshaw, Saturday's loss to Arbroath and preview Thursday's visit of Ayr United.
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