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  2. Raith Rovers vs Morton – Match Preview by Dean McKinnon. Morton are back on the road as the Championship starts to hit its stride. Dougie Imrie’s men, fresh from claiming their first victory of the campaign against Cove Rangers last week, will look to repeat their final victory of the 2021/22 campaign this time around at Starks Park. Photo - GBR Photographs. Squad Update With the return of Alan Lithgow to competitive action last week, entering the fray to shore up the Ton's backline in the late stages of last week's win, Dougie Imrie should boast a full squad. Current Connections Grant Gillespie spent a season in Kirkcaldy, with Raith Rovers playing their football in Scotland’s third tier. There is also a family connection between both clubs, with Ross Millen, son of Morton’s assistant manager, current plies his trade with the Fife squad. Tale of the Tap Morton’s results against Raith Rovers, alongside results against most Championship opponents, were far more positive in the second half of last season than the first. With a Dario Zanatta goal claiming all three points for the away side on Matchday 6, Raith also bested The Ton 2-1 in the reverse fixture on Matchday 15 despite an early Michael Ledger goal giving the visitors the lead. Robbie Muirhead rescued a point for Morton in their third meeting of the second on Matchday 22, netting the fourth goal in a 2-2 draw. Gozie Ugwu put the home side ahead before Jamie Gullan and Reghan Tumility struck in quick succession to give the away side a half time lead. Morton would claim their first victory over their east coast counterparts on Matchday 33, with a wondergoal from Robbie Muirhead, which would go on to claim the club’s ‘Goal of the Season’ award, proving the difference between the two sides. Photo - GBR Photographs. Opposition Analysis Raith exited this season’s League Cup in the group stages after finishing third. Despite a comfortable 6-0 win over Peterhead, failing to beat Stirling Albion or Dumbarton in regulation time, combined with falling 3-0 to Aberdeen, confirmed their exit from the competition. Cove Rangers bested the Fife side 2-0 on the opening day of the season, with Dundee also claiming maximum points against them at Starks Park last week. I spoke to former Raith Rovers Digital and Media Executive Chris Dodds ahead of Saturday’s match, who spoke of the upheaval in Fife this summer - ”It’s been a bit of a turbulent four months at Stark’s Park. A wholesale of changes both on the park and off of it have seen Raith Rovers try and give themselves a fresh leash of life after a self inflicted, but draining start to the year. There’s a new gaffer in the dugout in the form of Ian Murray, who’s determined to put his own stamp on things at the Rovers but he’s yet to pick up a point or a goal in the League this season. Chairman have stepped back, directors have resigned and business executives have walked out en-mass… The likes of Frankie Musonda, Kyle Benedictus, Reghan Tumilty and Matej Poplatnik have left the club and some inexperienced faces have been brought in in the shape of Ryan Nolan and Connor O’Riordan to replace them - only time will tell if they can have the desired impact but the departure of Christophe Berra will have a telling influence on an already loose Rovers backline. The men to look out for are Scott Brown, Dylan Easton and Aidan Connolly. They’re the three that have impressed over pre-season and into the League Cup campaign despite relative misfortune. If Ton are wanting to stop the threat at the source they’ll mark Brown out of the game to try and counteract his grit and determination that give Rovers that bite in midfield. Dylan Easton can create something out of nothing. Ethan Ross looks to be getting better as the weeks go on in what is a big season for the youngster if he has any aspirations of playing higher. It will be an interesting tie with Rovers now under pressure to get something from the game. Something they’ve not been used too in recent years. Ton will go in full of confidence after last week’s events…” Photo - GBR Photographs. Betting Guide All match odds are provided by McBookie. Odds are correct as of 11pm on 11th August 2022 and are subject to change. Please only bet within your means and visit BeGambleAware if you are struggling. The Fife side go into this match priced at Evs to claim all three points, with the draw priced at 9/4 and The Ton outsiders at 5/2. 8/1 is your reward if you predict the away side to repeat their 1-0 victory from last season. Match Officials Referee - Euan Anderson AR1 - Dougie Potter AR2 - Andrew McWilliam
  3. Craig, Alan & Darren discuss the 1-0 win over Cove and communication from the club.
  4. Craig, Alan & Darren discuss the 1-0 win over Cove and communication from the club.
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  6. Morton v Cove Rangers – Match Preview by Russell Gordon. After Saturday’s opening day draw at Hamilton, Morton welcome Cove Rangers to Cappielow for their first ever visit to Greenock, following the Aberdeen club’s recent promotion as champions of League One. Unfortunately, due to a revision in the rules regarding streaming, the service is only available to users outside the UK and Ireland. The link is available here. Photo - GBR Photographs. Squad News With Alan Lithgow’s appearance on the bench last week, boss Dougie Imrie will hope to have a full-strength squad available for the visit of the Championship new boys. Whilst this week has seen rumours around the potential signing of former Wolves and Scotland striker Leigh Griffiths, it would appear unlikely that there’ll be any movement in and out of the club until the month draws to a close and business picks up elsewhere in the market. Current Connections We’re struggling, here. The most notable connection is recently departed Cove boss Paul Hartley, who recently took the reins at Hartlepool United in England’s League Two. Hartley had a brief loan spell at Cappielow at the turn of the millennium, famously scoring a fantastic free kick against eventual First Division champions St. Mirren in a 1-1 draw at Love Street. His relationship with the Morton support however soured when he questioned the integrity of what was admittedly an appalling squad, as our 2-10 mauling at Hamilton in 2014 threatened to cost his Dundee side the Championship title in 2014. “Fortunately”, the Dens Park side held on in spite of Hamilton’s win to win the title anyway. Another was Scott Paterson, who started and ended his career at the then Highland League side, and briefly passed through Cappielow when Morton were on their knees due to administration in 2001. Whilst Paterson couldn’t prevent what was an inevitable relegation, his performances in the struggling ‘Ton side of the time drew some admiring glances before he was eventually snapped up by Partick, where he enjoyed a fruitful period, picking up a First Division Championship Winners’ medal and helping them to the Scottish Cup semi-final the following season. And most recently, full-back Adam Livingstone endured an inauspicious loan spell at Cappielow from Motherwell before checking in at Balmoor Stadium following Cove’s promotion to League One after another loan spell, at Clyde. Photo - GBR Photographs. Tale of the Tape Cove have had a great time of it in the last few years, winning successive promotions from the Highland League, after disposing of Berwick Rangers 7-0 on aggregate in the pyramid play-off final in 2019, and from League Two in the COVID-curtailed 2019-20 season. They only narrowly missed out on a play-off final against Morton the following year, conceding a late equaliser to Airdrie in their semi-final second leg and going onto lose to the Diamonds in extra time, before claiming their third title in four seasons (fourth title in five if we’re being pernickety) last term. So, it’s fair to say that meetings between the clubs have been as rare as hens’ teeth until now, with only one competitive meeting to date. Morton travelled to Cove’s former home, Allan Park for a Scottish Cup tie in December 2004 and dispatched of the then minnows with consummate ease, racking up a 7-1 victory thanks to goals from Peter Weatherson, John Adam, Warren Hawke and doubles from Jason Walker and Chris Millar; Cove’s Martin Johnson hitting a consolation on the stroke of half time. Opposition Analysis Even the eternal optimist wouldn’t predict a 7-1 Morton win this time around, against a club that is unrecognisable from that cold day 18 years ago. With Cove’s rapid ascent up the divisions, it is clear Morton are dealing with a completely different beast, with Jim McIntyre’s side boasting a number of familiar faces to fans of clubs who have historically enjoyed their football in the higher echelons of Scottish football, although striker Rory McAllister has recently departed to Montrose after booking a holiday for later in the season, which irked McIntyre. I spoke to Cove’s new Head of Media & Communications, Richard Gordon, a familiar voice to Scottish football fans from his many years of anchoring BBC Scotland’s Sportsound, and happily still taking charge of the Sunday show. “Cove Rangers have enjoyed a meteoric rise through the Scottish football pyramid in recent seasons. Multiple Highland League winners, the club suffered play-off heartbreak in 2018 but emerged victorious twelve months later when they ended Berwick Rangers’ spell in the SPFL. The side romped to the League Two title the following season, lost out to Airdrieonians in the play-off in 2021, then captured the League One crown back in May. Having implemented a five-year plan to reach the Championship twenty-four months ahead of schedule and kicked-off their campaign with an impressive performance and victory over Raith Rovers last weekend, new manager Jim McIntyre has found the summer transfer window frustrating, but has now managed to add to a squad which boasts a mixture of youth and experience, and has a strong core. Half a dozen of the players have been with Cove throughout the journey, including club captain Mitch Megginson, who began the league season with a double against the Kirkcaldy outfit. The likes of Shay Logan, Mark Reynoalds, Ian Vigurs and Fraser Fyvie have all played at a higher level, and look likely to be major figures in the coming season. Consolidation in the Championship will be the first objective, so games like this weekend’s against Morton, and future meetings with Hamilton and Ayr United, will play a big part in shaping their campaign. If the first few months go well, the Balmoral side might just start contemplating the promotion play-offs but the ethos in recent years has been to stay humble and let their football do the talking. That will not change in the second tier. If they finish off having preserved their status, it will be viewed as a more than satisfactory season.” Photo - GBR Photographs. Betting Guide All odds are supplied by McBookie. All odds correct as of 7am on 4th August 2022 and are subject to change. Please only bet within your means and visit BeGambleAware if you are struggling. The hosts head into the game as favourites a 5/4, with Cove coming in at 15/8 and the draw at 9/4. With clean sheets at a premium for Morton, a home win with both teams to score is 17/4, whilst a draw at half time and Morton at full time is priced at 9/2. Match Officials Referee - Peter Stuart AR 1 - Alan Mulvanny AR 2 - Ross Nelson
  7. Alan and Dean review Morton's 1-1 draw with Hamilton on Saturday, discuss potential improvements to the squad and transfer rumours.
  8. Alan and Dean review Morton's 1-1 draw with Hamilton on Saturday, discuss potential improvements to the squad and transfer rumours.
  9. Hamilton vs Morton – Match Preview by Dean McKinnon The Championship season kicks off tomorrow with Dougie Imrie’s Morton side travelling to Imrie’s old stomping ground. Imrie, who served tomorrow’s hosts with distinction as both a player and a coach, will lead the visitors out tomorrow in the realistic knowledge that both his current club and his former club face a season of attempting to avoid the Championship basement. With news that potential investment into Greenock Morton fell through this week, the return of league football and the prospect of a winning start seem more coruscating than usual. Photo - GBR Photographs. Squad Update Alan Lithgow's long-term groin injury will continue to see the veteran defender side-lined. Apart from that, Imrie should boast a full squad to choose from, with Jai Quitongo's suspension now served and Robbie Muirhead continuing his return to the fold with a substitute appearance against Bonnyrigg Rose last week. Current Connections Michael Doyle, who signed for the Accies this summer, signed on at Sinclair Street in 2016 following his release from Premiership side St Johnstone. The athletic right back was a mainstay in Jim Duffy’s side in his debut season, helping the club finish 4th in the Championship and reach the League Cup semi-final. After sixty-four appearances and one goal for the club, he was released following the conclusion of the 2017/18 campaign and would subsequently sign for Queen of the South. Both manager Dougie Imrie and assistant manager Andy Millen have both represented the Lanarkshire side. Millen has both played and coached at the club, signing for Accies as a player in 1990 and making 119 appearances over a three-year spell. He then joined the coaching staff under Billy Reid, serving less than six months before moving on. Dougie Imrie is considered a modern-day Hamilton legend. The winger first joined the club in February 2010 from Inverness, spending two years in Lanarkshire before departing for St Mirren. He would spend 18 months at the Paisley before moving down the M8 to Greenock for a season. He re-joined the Accies in the summer of 2014. Whilst serving as club captain, he would also manage the Hamilton Academy’s U17s to the Scottish title, taking his side into the UEFA Youth League the following season. Tale of the Tape Hamilton had the better of the Greenock side last season in their four league encounters, despite Gus MacPherson’s men striking the first blow at New Douglas Park in their first encounter. A superb Cammy Blues through ball was matched by Gozie Ugwu, who riffled home on the angle to earn the away side their first win of the campaign. Lewis Smith’s goal looked to have secured all three points in the reserve fixture in October, before a 96th minute header from Gozie Ugwu kept a share of the points in Greenock. Two 1-0 Accies wins in February and again in March would prove invaluable as they finished seven points above the Championship drop zone. Photo - GBR Photographs. Opposition Analysis Hamilton’s League Cup campaign suffered an early blow as they fell 3-0 to Dundee at Dens Park, with Lyall Cameron’s 91st minute goal playing a pivotal part in their qualification campaign. Despite going on to claim comfortable victories over Stranraer and Forfar, finishing 5-2 and 3-0 respectively, they would miss out on the Second Round by a single goal, having conceded one more goal than Queen of the South. I spoke to David MacFarlane (@DavidMacFarlane) ahead of tomorrow’s match, who spoke of the potential pitfalls the Lanarkshire side face this term – “After a better Premier Sports Cup campaign than previously, we where more disappointed not to qualify by one goal. After a terrible start up in Dens Park we started to look a lot better the last three competitive games if you take away the second half against Queen’s Park. Which will be a major problem for us this season again - absolutely no quality on the bench. A lot of fans are excited about John Rankin’s enthusiasm and energy but we have lost ten players this summer and brought in two. This is already looking like a carbon copy of the last few seasons fans being told to be patient to get the right players in the door. And then they don’t ever turn up bringing on a 16 year old striker in every match so far this season speaks volumes of the lack of experience and game changing quality on the bench. My prediction for this game which I have already seen some fans saying is a six-pointer on the opening day which is true as ourselves and Morton where very similar at the end of last season so both teams will be wanting to see progression this year round I would be more confident if it was away from home. Hamilton 1-1 Morton. Hamilton scoring an early goal with Morton scoring in the second half.” Photo - GBR Photographs. Betting Guide All odds are provided by McBookie. Odds are correct as of midnight on 28th July and are subject to change. Please only bet within your means and visit BeGambleAware if you are struggling. Home advantage seems to be the only deciding factor, with the hosts listed at 21/20 to keep all three points in Lanarkshire come full-time, with the same price offered on a draw. The Ton are 5/2 to claim their first victory of the Championship campaign. A score draw, priced at 15/4, seems a reasonable investment, or you can back The Ton to win whilst keeping a clean sheet at 9/2. Match Officials Referee - Mike Roncone AR1 - Ross Macleod AR2 - Gordon McCabe
  10. Away Day Guide – Hamilton (19th February) Photo – footballgroundguide.com Tickets - Tickets can be purchased by calling the Ticket Office on 01698 368650, at the club shop on matchday or on the Hamilton website. Prices are as follows :- Adult £20; Concessions (OAPs, U18s) - £10. Please note that disabled and carer tickets must be purchased at the stadium on matchday. Disabled Supporters Information- Away supporters can enter via the exit gate adjacent to turnstile 12. Those ambulant can use the stairs to enter the North Stand, or those in wheelchairs can use the spaces behind the goal, at ground level trackside. There is cover here in the event of particularly inclement weather, but additional space can be allocated in the front of the East Stand, if not in use, (also ground level, but a normal pitch side view as opposed to behind the goal). Stewards are always on hand to assist where required. There is a designated Refuge Point in the first floor landing area, opposite the lift, beside the main staircase, in the event of an emergency. The sign is also in braille. Accessible seats are available in all stands for ambulant disabled. Away supporters can use the disabled toilet beside turnstiles 4-6. There are five designated accessible car park bays for away supporters these are located in the North Stand car park and accessible through turnstiles 7-12. Supporters Buses – The Gourock Morton Supporters bus will leave Gourock train station at 1pm. The cost will be decided on the day, message their page on Facebook or contact Mark on 07847847357 to book a space. The Port Glasgow Morton Travel Club bus will leave from their new location, The Caledonian Bar, at 1.30pm. The cost will be decided on the day. Message their page on Facebook or contact Bryan on 07969760292 to book a space. By Train – There are two services an hour to Glasgow Central on the low line, departing Gourock :08 and :38 every hour, as well as one train an hour on the high line, departing Wemyss Bay at :57 every hour. There are several services every hour on low levels to Hamilton West, departing Glasgow Central at :15, :28, :45, and :57. All information taken from the ScotRail website. By Car – Use the postcode ML3 0FT for the stadium. The approximate journey time from Cappielow via the M8 and M74 is 41 minutes without traffic. Parking is available at the main stand car park, at the north end, or in the underground car park below Morrison’s, beside turnstiles 10-12. Arrangements to specifically drop any spectators off at front door area can be accommodated if requested/required. Pre Match – The Academical Vaults (26 Burnbank Rd, Hamilton, ML3 9AA) is a two minute walk from Hamilton West train station and a ten minute walk to the stadium. Bar West (165 Almada St, Hamilton ML3 0ET) is a four minute walk from Hamilton West train station and a thirteen minute walk to the stadium. Photo - MatchPint.co.uk
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