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2022/2023

Morton

In


Jack Baird (def) Ayr; Carlo Pignatiello (def) Livingston; Darragh O’Connor (def) Motherwell; Brian Schwake (gk) Livingston – loan; Grant Gillespie (mid) Queen’s Park; Jai Quitongo (att) Queen’s Park; Jaze Kabia (mid) Livingston – loan; Lawton Green (gk) Motherwell;

Out


Mark Russell (def); Michael Ledger (def); Iain Wilson (mid) Queen of the South; Gary Oliver (att) Falkirk; Brian McLean (def) Clyde; Josh Cooper (att) Stirling Albion; Gozi Ugwu (att); Jamie Brandon (def) Hearts – loan ended; Gavin Reilly (att) Livingston – loan ended; Oisin McEntee (def) Newcastle Utd – loan ended;

Morton struggled last season and were bottom of the table by mid-season. The club sacked Gus MacPherson and brought in former player Dougie Imrie for his first managerial role. Results improved with enough points gathered to avoid a relegation scare. Morton were hard-working difficult to beat, but wins were limited as they ended the season on a low. The focus of their attack, Gozi Ugwu, has departed along with Gary Oliver and Gavin Reilly. The defence will need remodelled too as Brandon, McEntee, McLean, Ledger and Russell have all left. Iain Wilson’s stay proved short-lived as the midfielder signed for Queen of the South. Brian Schwake has signed on loan as a replacement for goalkeeper Jack Hamilton. Experienced Jack Baird and Darragh O’Connor are set to form the core of a new defence along with Carlo Pignatiello. Grant Gillespie will add some bite in midfield after signing from Queen’s Park. Another former Spider, Jai Quitongo, adds depth to the forward line. Winger Jaze Kabia has also signed on loan from Livingston. Morton are another club who are struggling to remain full-time. They will probably remain hard-working and awkward opponents but their squad lacks quality and depth compared to others in the Championship. Finding the right players to take on loan could make or break their season.

Target


Another season of consolidation would be acceptable. Morton are difficult to beat, but they have little money and a title challenge looks beyond them.

Season Review
2020/2021

№9: Morton

Morton went into the season with trouble in the air and that was how the season progressed. They finished 9th on goal difference but pulled themselves together and easily defeated Airdrie in the play-offs to survive. Morton were inconsistent, but home form was good in the early part of the season. However, between January and March form collapsed. Morton only won 2 of their 19 closing fixtures of the season (W2 D10 L7). Matters worsened with the abrupt departure of manager David Hopkin at the end of January. Anton McElhone took over without success until Gus MacPherson was appointed in March. Results hardly improved, but they survived and that is all that mattered to them. Morton were by a margin the lowest scorers in the league with only 22 goals. Yet, they had one of the better defences with only 33 conceded. They played the entire season without a replacement goalkeeper on their bench. Morton hoped to reach the promotion play-offs, but finances caught up with them and they only just averted disaster. They still lack stability on the pitch and behind the scenes. Next season looks like another difficult one. Unless fresh investment is found, Morton will have to survive with a small squad and possibly switch to part-time football.


Player of the Season: Aidan McAdams

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