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  1. Photo - Motherwell FC. Tickets – Click here to buy matchday tickets. Please note you will need to register with Motherwell before purchasing tickets. Prices are as follows – Adults £15, Concessions (16-18 year olds, Students and OAPs) £10, U15s £5. Disabled Supporters Information – The club have disabled facilities in both the Main Stand and the South Stand to accommodate supporters and carers. The best way to ensure access is to contact the Disabled Access Officer David Fraser via email - disabled.fans@motherwellfc.co.uk. When applying for tickets, the association reserve the right to check a persons eligibility under the disability discrimination act. All disabled supporters are requested to provide a copy of any of the following to book tickets - DLA middle or higher rate care/mobility; severe disablement allowance or attendance allowance; a personal letter of support from your hospital specialist or GP. Supporters Buses – The Gourock Morton Supporters bus will leave from Monteiths at 1pm, with the bar opening at 11am. 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 The Sutherland 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. The Morton Supporters Club bus will leave from the club on Regent Street at 1.15pm. Prices are £10 and £7. Contact David on 07719548046 to book. By Train – There are three services an hour to Glasgow Central on the low line, departing Gourock at :08, :38 and :54 every hour, as well as one train an hour on the high line, departing Wemyss Bay at :57 every hour. Airbles train station is the nearest train station to Fir Park and is located one mile from the stadium. Motherwell train station is only slightly further away and is a 20 minute walk. All information taken from the ScotRail website. By Car – Use the postcode ML1 2QN for the stadium. The estimated journey time from Cappielow to Fir Park is around 45 minutes (35.5 miles). There is plenty of street parking in the vicinity of the stadium. On-street parking is available on numerous streets in the vicinity the stadium. Fans can also make use of nearby car parks within the Civic Centre/Motherwell Concert Hall and in its locality, Parkhead Street and the smaller MacDonald Street car park. Pre-Match – Photo - Trip Advisor If you are arriving by train, or are arriving in Motherwell with time to spare, the Electric Bar (291 Airbles Rd, Motherwell ML1 3AW) is the closest to Airbles station. En route to the stadium there are a wealth of options for a pre-match pint, including the Windmill Tavern (75 Windmillhill St, Motherwell ML1 1RY), The Steelworks Bar and Grill (Glencairn St, Motherwell ML1 1TT) and The Horseshoe Bar (Motherwell Point, 1-3 Muir St, Motherwell ML1 1BH) all available. Club100 (13 Edward St, Motherwell ML1 2PP) is a stones’ throw from the turnstiles. Photo - Club100 Facebook.
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  3. Photo - Malcolm MacKenzie Morton Women travelled through to Townhead Park in Cumnock to take on Ayr United in the SWF Championship South. Gary Forbes’ side imposed themselves in the first half, keeping the ball well and creating a number of chances. Despite Morton’s positive performance, the match was goalless at the interval. The hosts defended tenaciously and gaining their reward in the 75th minute, picking up a rushed clearance from goalkeeper Megan Felgate and finishing from close range. This would prove to be the only goal of the contest as Ayr United climbed to 6th place in the table. The result leaves The Ton sitting 9th in the SWF Championship South table. On Sunday 23rd January, Gary Forbes’ side host 7th placed Hutchison Vale at Parklea. Kick off is 2pm with spectators welcome. Speaking after the game, manager Gary Forbes’ showed his disappointment at the result – “Yesterday was a tough result to take given how much of the ball we had and created some chances, we are disappointed in the manner of how we conceded our goal. We will look for reaction from the players this week as we have another crucial game on Sunday.” Morton (4-2-3-1) – Felgate (GK), Cumberbatch, Marshall, Dolan, Hope, McConnachie (C), Seagreave, Hickey (off 46’), Campbell, Darroch, Craig. Subs – Rankin (on 46’). Unused subs - Bryceland, McKee, Hughes, Cains (GK)
  4. Dean, Alan and Louise review yesterday's excellent 2-0 win against relegation rivals Ayr United, discuss the differences between Imrie's Morton squad compared to MacPherson's, and preview our trip to Motherwell next week in the Scottish Cup.
  5. Dean, Alan and Louise review yesterday's excellent 2-0 win against relegation rivals Ayr United, discuss the differences between Imrie's Morton squad compared to MacPherson's, and preview our trip to Motherwell next week in the Scottish Cup.
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  7. Ayr United vs Morton – Match Preview by Russell Gordon. What a difference a new manager and a couple of decent results makes. Two teams that have stunk out the Championship for the last couple of seasons are suddenly both going into Saturday's match at an eerie Somerset Park with a degree of optimism as the bounce at both clubs starts to take effect- a welcome change in Morton's case, certainly. With Government restrictions still keeping the crowd at a maximum of 500, there are no tickets available for travelling fans, but streams on Ayr United's Black and White TV, priced at £15, can be purchased here. Photo - GBR Photographs. Squad News A relatively clean bill of health has been quite a common theme in recent weeks for Morton, with only Oisin McEntee missing out through injury, a blow that has been softened by Brian McLean's latest renaissance, as defensively, Morton put in their most assured performance of the season against an admittedly impotent Dunfermline side. The defence will also be bolstered by the loan signing of Hearts right wing back Jamie Brandon, who is expected to take the place of Darren Hynes, in spite of Hynes' comfortable performance against the below-par Fifers at Cappielow. One wouldn't expect to see the lesser-spotted Tom Allan, as McEntee's Newcastle compatriot appears to have disappeared out of the picture completely. Current Connections Where do we start? With two previous Morton managers in David Hopkin and Jim Duffy occupying the home dugout at Somerset Park at different points this season, there is no shortage of Cappielow connections down Ayrshire way. Hopkin took four of last season's squad to Ayr with him over the summer in keeper Aidan McAdams, defenders Markus Fjortoft and Sean McGinty and forward Cammy Salkeld. Perhaps only the loss of McAdams was mourned by the Morton support, but Jack Hamilton's excellent form has more than compensated for that loss. Former St. Mirren loanee Jack Baird and fans' favourite Andy Murdoch are also in the Honest Mens' ranks. The only former Ayr player in the Morton squad is Alan Lithgow, who spent 2013-14 at Somerset Park. Photo - GBR Photographs. Tale of the Tape The two previous encounters have seen the spoils shared on each occasion, with the teams playing out a turgid 0-0 draw on our previous trip down the coast, before a relatively entertaining 2-2 draw at Cappielow last month which turned out to be the straw that broke the camel's back for the board, who took decisive action in sacking Gus McPherson immediately after the final whistle. Goals from Hibs loanee Steven Bradley and Toni Adeloye were sandwiched by two Gozie Ugwu headers as the two strugglers were forced to settle for a point a piece. Opposition Analysis Two home wins against title chasing Raith and Arbroath without conceding bodes well for Ayr, who now sit four points clear of the 'Ton- setting up what looks very much like a six pointer if Morton are hoping to look up the table, rather than over their shoulders. New boss Lee Bullen's already added to his squad, raiding Wealdstone for winger Ryan Gondoh and he will be looking to make further additions as the month goes on. I spoke to Ayr fan Marc Dunlop (@Marco_Ayr), who was understandably bullish about his team's prospects ahead of Saturday's game; "Ayr United go into Saturday’s fixture high on confidence, after coming away from the last two with maximum points. Last week’s impressive win against league leaders Arbroath was a dream start for new boss Lee Bullen. The Scotsman comes north of the border to take his first Head Coach role, after a few years cutting his teeth in the Sheffield Wednesday youth set up. The Honest Men will now look to build on their recent good form and take all three points. With the January transfer window very much open, Bullen has wasted little time in strengthening his squad. Unknown quantity Ryan Gondoh joined from Wealdstone, in the English Non League system. The 24 year old will be looking to hit the ground running and emulate the success of team mate and current top scorer Adeloye. The attacking midfielder has English League experience at Colchester and Barnet, and United supporters seem intrigued to see what he can add to the squad." Photo - GBR Photographs. Betting Guide All odds are supplied by McBookie. All odds correct as of 10am on 14th January 2022 and are subject to change. Please only bet within your means and visit BeGambleAware if you are struggling. Morton are again the underdogs heading into the match, with the hosts priced at 6/5 and Morton at 2/1. A repeat of the two draws from earlier in the season is a tempting 11/5. After his phenomenal performance against Dunfermline, Gavin Reilly is priced at 8/1 for first goalscorer and Morton to repeat last week's feat of scoring in both halves is 15/4. Match Officials Referee- John Beaton AR 1- Craig Ferguson AR 2- Craig Macrae
  8. Morton fell 11-0 to SWPL1 side Spartans on Sunday in the Scottish Cup. This Sunday, The Ton travel to take on Ayr United as the SWF Championship South resumes following the winter break. Full details for the match will be published in due course. Photo - @SpartansFCWomen
  9. Dean, Alan and Evan discuss Dougie Imrie's appointment to the Cappielow hotseat, the draw against Kilmarnock and the 5-0 thumping of Dunfermline. Dean also welcomes Morton Community's Jonny Roy onto the show to discuss mental health programme 'Team Talk'.
  10. Dean, Alan and Evan discuss Dougie Imrie's appointment to the Cappielow hotseat, the draw against Kilmarnock and the 5-0 thumping of Dunfermline. Dean also welcomes Morton Community's Jonny Roy onto the show to discuss mental health programme 'Team Talk'.
  11. Our match preview and thread is brought to you in association with The Inverclyde Boiler Company, The Inverclyde Bathroom Company and The Inverclyde Kitchen Company. Shayne and his team are extremely proud to serve the Inverclyde community 💙 Our match thread is brought to you in association with Titan Spirits, a local company inspired by Clydeside heritage and Inverclyde's incredible scenery. Their new Titan Spiced Rum is available now! Click here to order Titan Spiced Rum! Our match thread is brought to you in association with the new Clyde Eats app and The Cottage Cafe Bistro. Clyde Eats is a new, Inverclyde-based food delivery app aiming to showcase the very best local restaurants and takeaways. The Clyde Eats app is available to download from Google Play and the App Store now!
  12. Morton vs Dunfermline – Match Preview by Dean McKinnon. Morton will get back into the swing of things tomorrow after a less-than-hectic festive period. Dougie Imrie’s side were scheduled to face both Queen of the South and Partick Thistle on Boxing Day and 2nd January respectively, with both sides requesting postponements due to COVID-related issues. New manager Imrie will be officially welcomed to Cappielow by a reduced crowd of 500 and will be looking to this fixture as the perfect opportunity to record his first win in charge of the Sinclair Street side. Photo - GBR Photographs. Squad Update Morton will be preparing for life without holding midfielder Jaakko Oksanen, who has been recalled by parent club Brentford. Morton will be boosted by the return of veteran defender Brian McLean, who started Imrie’s first match in charged against Kilmarnock between Christmas and New Year. Lewis McGregor may also be fit enough to play some part in the matchday squad as he nears a return to full fitness. Current Connections Nobody in the current Dunfermline squad has ever plied their trade in Greenock, with former Morton and Dunfermline striker Declan McManus departing the Scottish Championship in the summer to join Welsh outfit TNS. Gozie Ugwu spent the first half of the 2014/15 season at Dunfermline. The striker enjoyed an excellent strike rate, finding the net on seven occasions in his fourteen League One appearances. He then moved to the English third tier to join Yeovil Town to complete the season. Photo - GBR Photographs. Tale of the Tape Morton left all three points away from East End Park on Matchday Thirteen. Ahead of this fixture, Dunfermline relieved manager Peter Grant of his duties, handing over the reins to senior player Steven Whittaker on an interim basis. The Ton took the lead in the thirteen minute. After excellent physicality from Gozie Ugwu, young striker Jimmy Knowles showed great awareness to angle a lay-off into Gary Oliver’s path, who passed the ball into the net from around fifteen yards out. The Pars equalised midway through the first half, as Matthew Todd headed from Kevin O’Hara’s cross. A corner swung towards the back post by Jakko Oksanen was expertly nodded back across goal by Ledger for Gozie Ugwu to regain the away side’s lead. Dunfermline had a number of half-chances and flashes across goal, with outstanding performances from Oisin McEntee and goalkeeper Jack Hamilton keeping The Pars at bay in the second period. As Dunfermline upped the ante in the closing stages, sub Lewis McGrattan drove into the box and unleashed a shot which struck defender Mark Connolly on the arm. Gary Oliver used all his experience to slot the resulting penalty past Owain Fon-Williams, rounding off an impressive win for The Ton. Morton and Dunfermline shared the spoils in the opening league match of the season at Cappielow. Morton took a first half lead from the spot in the twenty-third minute after Pars goalkeeper Ross Graham was adjudged to have fouled striker Gozie Ugwu in challenging for a high ball. Striker Gary Oliver remained cool and slotted the ball past the goalkeeper to give The Ton a 1-0 lead at half time. Dunfermline fought their way back into the match in the second period, drawing level five minutes after the restart. A Josh Edwards drive was parried away by Jack Hamilton, with his save cannoning off the chest of full-back Lewis Strapp and into the path of Nikolai Todorov, who made no mistake from short range. Kevin O’Hara looked to have secured all three points for the away side, smashing the ball home after a corner into the box caused a ‘stramash’. Youngster Lewis McGrattan managed to snatch a point for the home side, as his cross-come-shot took a deflection before sneaking in at the back post. Opposition Analysis It’s safe to say that John Hughes hasn’t experienced the so-called ‘new manager bounce’ during his tenure at The Pars thus far. Despite blowing Ayr United away 3-0 in his first match in charge, results after that have been troublesome for a side that many tips to be competing at the opposite end of the Championship this year. They exited the Scottish Cup in the hands of Championship counterparts Partick Thistle, followed by Hamilton left East End Park with all three points the next week. Over the festive period, Arbroath ran out comfortable 3-0 winners on Boxing Day, before Dunfermline ground out a 0-0 draw against local rivals Raith Rovers. Photo - GBR Photographs. Betting Guide All odds are supplied by McBookie. All odds correct as of 7am on 6th January 2022 and are subject to change. Please only bet within your means and visit BeGambleAware if you are struggling. Morton’s home advantage hasn’t convinced the bookies to shorten The Ton’s odds, with the bottom side priced at 13/8 to overcome The Pars. 17/4 is your reward for Morton to win with BTTS, along with 7/2 offered for the home side to win to nil. If you fancy a comfortable home win to mirror the 3-1 win earlier in the season then 5/1 is the offering for backing Morton on a -1 handicap. The draw prices at 9/4, with a 0-0 stalemate 17/2. John Hughes’ side are 29/20 to record their second win under their new manager. The Fife side are chalked at 4/1 to win with BTTS and 10/3 to win to nil. If you fancy The Pars to win comfortable then you can back a -1 handicap at 17/4. Match Officials Referee – Kevin Clancy AR1 – Graham McNeillie AR2 – Scott Anderson
  13. As mentioned in the match preview and flagged by @The Bewilderedbeast, there is a 10am pitch inspection tomorrow. https://ptfc.co.uk/ptfc-news/10am-pitch-inspection-planned-for-sunday/
  14. Our match preview and thread is brought to you in association with The Inverclyde Boiler Company, The Inverclyde Bathroom Company and The Inverclyde Kitchen Company. Shayne and his team are extremely proud to serve the Inverclyde community 💙 Our match thread is brought to you in association with Titan Spirits, a local company inspired by Clydeside heritage and Inverclyde's incredible scenery. Their new Titan Spiced Rum is available now! Click here to order Titan Spiced Rum! Our match thread is brought to you in association with the new Clyde Eats app and The Cottage Cafe Bistro. Clyde Eats is a new, Inverclyde-based food delivery app aiming to showcase the very best local restaurants and takeaways. The Clyde Eats app is available to download from Google Play and the App Store now!
  15. Partick Thistle vs Morton – Match Preview by Russell Gordon. As we leave 2021 and enter 2022, Dougie Imrie will look to build upon his solid start as Morton boss as they first foot Partick Thistle at Firhill. Imrie may well find that any hopes of that are scuppered by the weather however, with the Maryhill club already having announced a 10am pitch inspection ahead of Sunday's clash. With the weather forecast not looking terribly promising, and the Jags' previous home fixture against Ayr United in midweek already having conveniently fallen foul of the weather at a time when crowds, and income are restricted for Scottish football clubs. Only a supreme optimist would expect to be seeing the 'Ton in action this weekend, but we'll crack on regardless... Match streams can be purchased here. It is worth noting, however, that there is a 10am pitch inspection tomorrow morning. Given that away fans may be able to attend the rearranged fixture, it's worth waiting until later in the day before purchasing the stream. Photo - GBR Photographs. Squad News With Brian McLean returning to the side in midweek, in a straight swap for the injured Oisin McEntee, who Imrie confirmed broke his wrist at Gayfield a fortnight ago, the new boss will likely continue with his central defensive trio, although it'll be interesting to see what he does with Mark Russell and Lewis Strapp in the left wing-back position. It's unclear as to whether Russell collected an injury on Wednesday, but if not, his first half substitution, after he would probably admit himself to having a howler, was a marked change in managerial policy from anything the Morton support have seen in many a long year. Strapp will quite justifiably feel that his performance in the second half, particularly in an attacking sense, merits a starting berth. Likewise, Robbie Muirhead and Cammy Blues, whose second half introductions were pivotal in changing the game on Wednesday will feel they have a shout. Current Connections Only Robbie Muirhead of the current Morton squad has represented Partick, whilst on loan from Hearts in 2015, scoring twice in 8 appearances. There are more ex-Morton players in the home side's ranks though, with Scott Tiffoney and Brian Graham starting their careers at Cappielow before moving on and finding themselves back in the lower leagues with Partick. Former Motherwell loanee Ross McIver spent the latter part of last season on loan at Firhill after returning to Motherwell from Morton in the January window, and went onto make his move permanent in the summer following his release from the Steelmen. Midfielder Kyle Turner is the son of ex-Morton and Partick midfielder Tommy. Photo - GBR Photographs. Tale of the Tape It's a long time since Morton beat Partick Thistle. The last time being the fantastic 3-2 win in August 2019 at Cappielow when Morton were outplayed for long spells before awaking from their slumber in the last 15 minutes to grab victory from the jaws of defeat. The blow of two defeats after that were softened by Partick's abysmal run of form, resulting in their relegation as the season was curtailed due to the outbreak of the COVID pandemic. However, on their return to the division this year, they dished out a 3-0 early season hammering which we're best glossing over. A 0-0 midweek draw at Cappielow wasn't a terrible result, nor was it a bad performance, but during a run in which wins, rather than draws are required, it may well be Morton, rather than Partick who look back on the game as two points dropped come the season's end. Opposition Analysis With Morton propping up the table and looking to drag themselves out of trouble, Partick have other ambitions. Whilst sitting in 5th place, just outside the play-off places at the top end of the table, the 6 point gap on top of the league Arbroath is hardly insurmountable, given their game in hand. Their defensive record this season has been excellent, with the recent 0-2 home defeat by Arbroath bringing to an end a run of 656 minutes in the league without conceding a goal. Amidst rumours that St. Johnstone are sniffing about striker Zak Rudden, Ian McCall will be keen to bat away any advances from the Perth club. Photo - GBR Photographs. Betting Guide All odds are supplied by McBookie. All odds correct as of 10am on 17th January 2022 and are subject to change. Please only bet within your means and visit BeGambleAware if you are struggling. As has been the case more often than not this season, our hosts are favourites ahead of the match at 4/7, with the draw priced at 13/5 and Morton priced at 9/2. Given Morton's improved defensive performance at Rugby Park, Partick to win with under 2.5 goals in the game at 12/5 or Morton to keep a clean sheet at 15/4 may be worth looking at. Match Officials Referee- Euan Anderson AR 1- Graham Chambers AR 2- John Stewart
  16. Following on from the posts above, I've spoken to the company who provide our third party ads. The pop up videos at the bottom of the page should now be gone. I won't bore you all with the details, but we will be aiming to restrict those ads to November-December every year. Cheers, Dean.
  17. Our match preview and thread is brought to you in association with The Inverclyde Boiler Company, The Inverclyde Bathroom Company and The Inverclyde Kitchen Company. Shayne and his team are extremely proud to serve the Inverclyde community 💙 Our match thread is brought to you in association with Titan Spirits, a local company inspired by Clydeside heritage and Inverclyde's incredible scenery. Their new Titan Spiced Rum is available now! Click here to order Titan Spiced Rum! Our match thread is brought to you in association with the new Clyde Eats app and The Cottage Cafe Bistro. Clyde Eats is a new, Inverclyde-based food delivery app aiming to showcase the very best local restaurants and takeaways. The Clyde Eats app is available to download from Google Play and the App Store now!
  18. Kilmarnock vs Morton – Match Preview by Dean McKinnon. Following the postponement of Saturday’s Boxing Day fixture against Queen of the South, Dougie Imrie’s managerial career will now commence at Rugby Park. Imrie, stepping away from his role as Head of Youth Development, has spoken assertively about the improvements that are needed if The Ton are to remain in the Championship this season. Photo - GBR Photographs. Squad Update With the January transfer window due to open imminently, The Ton could be set to lose midfielder Jaakko Oksanen to his parent club, Brentford. There was some cause for optimism for long-term absentee Brian McLean, as photos taken by GBR Photographs last week showed the veteran defender back in training. Loanee Oisin McEntee would be a welcomed return to the backline, with his fellow loanee Tom Allan now back in the fold. Current Connections Robbie Muirhead came through the Kilmarnock youth system. Muirhead, who was born in Irvine, graduated to the first team set-up at Rugby Park in 2013. Former Morton manager Kenny Shiels gave Muirhead his professional debut for Kilmarnock in a 3-1 loss to St Mirren. This turned out to be Shiels’ last match as Kilmarnock boss. Muirhead remained in the Ayrshire side’s first team until January 2015, when he moved to Dundee United. He scored four goals in forty-two league appearances in his time at Kilmarnock. Jason Naismith signed for Kilmarnock in the summer after his release from Premiership side Ross County. Naismith spent six months on loan at Morton in 2012 from parent club St Mirren, marking the first time in history that a player had been loaned between the two rival clubs. After making only seven appearances for The Ton, he returned to Paisley before being sent on loan to Cowdenbeath to complete the season. Stephen McGinn spent the tail end of last season on loan at Sinclair Street. Gus MacPherson utilised the positive relationship he had with the player and convinced him from Hibernian. Debuting away to Dunfermline, McGinn went on to make eight league appearances, including both legs of the playoff final victory against Airdrieonians. Photo - GBR Photographs. Tale of the Tape Kilmarnock recorded a comfortable 2-0 win over Morton at Cappielow on Matchday 14. Gus MacPherson’s side bested the early exchanges but struggled to penetrate the sturdy home defence. Former Scotland international Chris Burke utilised his experience and class, and was at the heart of both his side’s first half goals. Burke worked space to cross to the back post and Blair Alston had advanced to control and prod the ball past Jack Hamilton in the 33rd minute. This gave the visitors a clear boost and they doubled their lead on the brink of half time. Burke again interchanged to kickstart the move and he played the ball perfectly for Oli Shaw to sweep home past Hamilton. Morton’s first league meeting with Kilmarnock since 1992/93 took place on Matchday 5 at Rugby Park. Kilmarnock controlled large parts of the match, dominating in possession and territory, but struggled to find a way past the stubborn Morton defence. Tommy Wright’s side stuck to their task, retaining the ball and making The Ton defend for large spells of the match. The home side made the breakthrough in the 75th minute, with a deep cross from Kilmarnock left back Brandon Haunstrup being riled into the roof of the net by Rory McKenzie, who had escaped the attentions of Lewis Strapp at the back post. Despite having a few flashes across goal and a couple of chances on the counter attack, few in the Morton ranks could argue that they deserved to take something from the match. Morton’s ill-fated League Cup campaign this season featured a trip to Rugby Park. Morton opened the scoring in the sixteenth minute as teenager Lewis McGregor cut inside onto his right foot and curled the ball into the far corner from the edge of the box, grasping his first-team opportunity with both hands. Morton tired late on, with former Morton loanee Jason Naismith’s delivery into the box being pushed towards Kyle Connell who equalised in the first minute of injury time. Tommy Wright’s side went on to win on penalties and progress from the group. Morton’s last win against Kilmarnock came once again in the League Cup, this time in Morton’s successful 2016/17 season. Gary Oliver and Jai Quitongo goals sealed an excellent win for Jim Duffy’s side en route to a League Cup Semi Final appearance for the first time in thirty-five years. You can read our ‘Where Are They Now?’ article for the 2016/17 semi-final squad here. Opposition Analysis Despite strong away form early in the season, losing only two contests on the road this term, Kilmarnock are currently sitting 4th in the Championship, five points behind part-time Arbroath. Having aimed for an immediate return to the Premiership, Killie’s record this season has been marred by home league defeats to Inverness, Raith Rovers, Partick Thistle and Arbroath. The Ayrshire side sacked manager Tommy Wright on 18th December following their match against Dunfermline being abandoned due to fog, the Ayrshire side are yet to appoint a permanent successor. James Fowler, who has a permanent role as Head of Football Operations with Kilmarnock, is currently serving as the club’s interim manager until a permanent replacement is appointed. Photo - GBR Photographs. Betting Guide All odds are provided by McBookie. Odds are correct as of 3pm on 28th December 2021 and are subject to change. Please only bet within your means and visit BeGambleAware if you are struggling. The home side are heavy favourites, priced at 8/13 to best Morton. Killie to win with both teams scoring is 14/5, with the Ayrshire side 6/4 to win to nil. If you fancy a comfortable home win then 19/10 is your reward if you back Kilmarnock on a -1 handicap. The draw prices at 13/5, with 9/1 offered for a 0-0 stalemate. Dougie Imrie’s side are 4/1 to leave Rugby Park with all three points. The Ton to win at BTTS is 9/1, with 7/1 offered on a Morton win and Jack Hamilton clean sheet. If you fancy the away side to mirror their 2-0 League Cup win from 2016, you can back a -1 handicap at 12/1. Match Officials Referee – Chris Graham AR1 – Ralph Gordon AR2 – Calum Doyle
  19. Our match preview and thread is brought to you in association with The Inverclyde Boiler Company, The Inverclyde Bathroom Company and The Inverclyde Kitchen Company. Shayne and his team are extremely proud to serve the Inverclyde community 💙 Our match thread is brought to you in association with Titan Spirits, a local company inspired by Clydeside heritage and Inverclyde's incredible scenery. Their new Titan Spiced Rum is available now! Click here to order Titan Spiced Rum! Our match thread is brought to you in association with the new Clyde Eats app and The Cottage Cafe Bistro. Clyde Eats is a new, Inverclyde-based food delivery app aiming to showcase the very best local restaurants and takeaways. The Clyde Eats app is available to download from Google Play and the App Store now!
  20. Morton vs Queen of the South – Match Preview by Dean McKinnon. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. The excitement and galvanisation of the Morton support after news broke of Dougie Imrie’s return to Cappielow lasted less than 24 hours, as further COVID restrictions were announced. The ramifications of these measures mean that only five hundred of the Cowshed faithful will be present to welcome the new gaffer into his post. While tuning in to listen to the timeless patter of Andy Ritchie is a decent second prize, most Morton fans will feel aggrieved that they cannot welcome their new gaffer in the flesh. Photo - GBR Photographs. Squad Update There was some cause for optimism for long-term absentee Brian McLean, as photos taken by GBR Photographs on Thursday morning showed the veteran defender back in training. Loanee Oisin McEntee would be a welcomed return to the backline, with his fellow loanee Tom Allan now back in the fold. Current Connections Nobody in the current Queens ranks has played their football in Greenock. Loanee striker Gavin Reilly came through the youth ranks at Palmerston, spending five seasons in their first team. Signing his first professional contract ahead of the 2010/11 season, he made his first team debut in July 2010 in a League Cup match against Dumbarton, scoring a debut goal in a 5-1 win. He spent five seasons in the first team set up at Palmerston, making 111 league appearances and scoring 39 goals before moving to Hearts. Morton’s former managerial team, Gus MacPherson and Andy Millen, spent a season in the Dumfries dugout in 2011/12. Their squad featured familiar faces such as Lee Robinson, Alan Reid, Ryan McGuffie, Craig Reid and Scott McLaughlin. They finished bottom of the table and were relegated to the Second Division, with MacPherson and Millen being sacked at the end of the campaign with a win ratio of only 23.81%. Players moving between the two clubs has been very common in recent years. Gary Oliver has alternated between Dumfries and Greenock from 2015 to the present day, having two spells with both clubs. Kyle Jacobs had a four-season stint at Queens between 2015-2019. Michael Ledger joined Morton last summer following his release from the Doonhamers. Tale of the Tape Queens hosted The Ton in the Quarter Finals of the SPFL Trust Trophy Quarter Finals on the 1st December. It was a trip bemoaned by Gus MacPherson in his pre-match interview with BBC Alba, having travelled to face Inverness four days previous in the Scottish Cup. Queens dominated the first half and were rewarded for their endeavours in the 27th minute as Jack Hamilton managed to punch a corner directly into his own net. Morton looked to have dragged the match into a penalty shoot out in the dying moments as utility striker Alan Lithgow headed home in the 86th minute. It’s safe to say that the performance on the night was summed up in the next two minutes, as Ruari Paton waltzed through the defence to prod home an 88th minute winner for the home side. Morton squared off against Queens on Matchday Ten in Dumfries. Both sides struck the woodwork in the first half, as Willie Gibson hit a post from a free-kick and Robbie Muirhead clipped the bar. Lee Connolly forced Jack Hamilton into a fine stop after the break, with a long range strike from Willie Gibson almost catching out the Morton shotstopper. The stalemate left the home side 7th and the home side in 9th place in the Championship. Queen of the South visited Cappielow on Matchday Three this season, with The Ton looking to follow up on an impressive away win at New Douglas Park the previous week. Willie Gibson received the ball on the right hand side and sailed past Darren Hynes, with Kyle Jacobs’ recovery tackle fouling the experienced midfielder. Ally Roy’s initial effort was saved by Jack Hamilton, however the penalty taker tucked home the rebound to give the away side the lead. Club captain Jacobs made amends later in the first half, restoring parity for his side. A Reece Lyon corner was met at the near post by Jacobs, who guided a header past Soloman Brynn in the Wee Dublin End goal. Jacobs again was at the heart of the action, this time for all the wrong reasons, as he got the final touch on a Queens attack to give his former club a 2-1 lead. A thumping finish from Ruben Soares Junior looked to have wrapped up the points for the Dumfries side. Alan Lithgow’s effort, that cannoned off of Soloman Brynn on its way into the net, ensured a dramatic climax to the match, but the away side held firm to claim all three points and inflict the first league defeat of the season on Gus MacPherson’s side. Photo - GBR Photographs. Opposition Analysis I spoke to QoSTV commentator Finlay Jack (@Finlay_Jack5), who spoke of the shift in dynamics following the appointment of Dougie Imrie - “Sunday will be the eighth time we meet Morton in 14 months but I have a feeling this will be the toughest one of the lot. We gave Stuart Taylor his first win as Accies boss, and obviously Gus’ first win at the Ton in March so we’re no stranger to being on the receiving end of the new manager bounce! The limit on fans may help us. I’d have expected a very vocal home support getting behind Dougie Imrie, I’m sure the 500 or so that are present will make the noise of a few thousand however! We’re absolutely scunnered for players at the minute. We’ve 7 or 8 injuries, meaning Wullie Gibson has continued playing in CB, though he’s now joined by Euan East after McKay injured his hip half an hour before the Dunfermline game two weeks ago. East was signed as a striker/winger last season but is doing a superb job at CB for us at the minute. Six goals in the past two games has ensured we’ve rediscovered out goal scoring touch after a quiet month or two. Five different goal scorers is pleasing, but Innes Cameron netting two on the bounce, coinciding with his best performances of the season, has helped massively. We played a 4-1-3-2 shape last week and it was really effective with McGrory pressing from higher and regaining possession, but with injuries taking its toll I expect he’ll need to drop back into his CDM role. Josh Debayo played 89 minutes last week after one day of training in the last month so I’m unsure how fit he is for Sunday. Our other left-back Alex Cooper came off injured at East End Park too so unsure how far away he is. I’m always optimistic about Queens though and, despite the fact we have struggled to back up any good wins this season, I do think we’ll go a job at Cappielow. I’ll go with 3-1 to the South. I really like the Imrie appointment by Morton but there’s only so much he can do with a group of players who don’t look up to the job whatsoever.” Photo - GBR Photographs. Betting Guide All odds are provided by McBookie. Odds are correct as of 8am on 23rd December 2021 and are subject to change. Please only bet within your means and visit BeGambleAware if you are struggling. If you fancy Morton to experience a new manager bounce then you can back Imrie’s side to win at 6/4. The Ton to win and BTTS chalks at 4/1, along with 10/3 to win without conceding. A comfortable home win can be backed at 9/2 for Morton -1. The draw prices at 21/10, along with 17/2 for a goalless draw. Queens are 17/10 to win two in a row against bottom side Morton. The Dumfries side to win and BTTS is 17/4, along with 15/4 to win without Soloman Brynn being breached. If you fancy a comfortable away win you can back Queens on a -1 handicap at 5/1. Match Officials Referee – Scott Lambie AR1 – Graham Chambers AR2 – John Stewart
  21. Dean, Chris, Craig and Ewan discuss Saturday's loss away at Arbroath, potential managerial appointments and the benefits of a Sporting Director at Cappielow. Dean also chats with TonTV crew members Mark Kelly and Craig Martin.
  22. Dean, Chris, Craig and Ewan discuss Saturday's loss away at Arbroath, potential managerial appointments and the benefits of a Sporting Director at Cappielow. Dean also chats with TonTV crew members Mark Kelly and Craig Martin.
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