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Season Guide
2019/2020

Morton

In


Nicky Cadden (mi) Livingston; Robbie Muirhead (att) Dunfermline Athletic; Aidan Nesbitt (mid) Dundee United; Kyle Jacobs (mid) Queen of the South; Calvin Orsi (mid) Brechin City; Sam Ramsbottom (gk) Alfreton Town; Cameron Salkeld (att) Gateshead; John Sutton (att/coach); Peter Grant (def) Carlisle; Brian McLean (def) Dumbarton.

Out


Gary Oliver (r) (att) Queen of the South; Lee Kilday (r) (def) Queen of the South; Robert Thomson (att) Alloa Athletic; Derek Gaston (sp) (gk) Arbroath; Charlie Telfer (r) (mid) Falkirk; Michael Tidser (r) (mid) Falkirk; Gregor Buchanan (r) (def) Falkirk; Jack Iredale (r) (def) Carlisle United; Rory McKeown (def); Denny Johnstone (att) Falkirk; Ben Armour (att) Peterhead; Jack Purdue (mid) Queen’s Park; Greg Kiltie (r) (att) Kilmarnock – end of loan; Robby McCrorie (r) (gk) Rangers – end of loan; Kerr Waddell (r) (def) Dundee – end of loan; Andrew Dallas, (att) Rangers – end of loan; Keelan O'Connell (mid) Bournemouth – end of loan.

Morton survived last season, but the messy departure of Jonatan Johanssen before the last game of the campaign has left onlookers wondering what is going on in Greenock. They began with Ray McKinnon in charge, but he quickly made a controversial switch to Falkirk. Johanssen replaced him but Morton were never settled after that and flirted with relegation until the last few games of the season. Former player David Hopkin has taken charge and Morton hope he can reproduce the success he recently enjoyed at Livingston. It seems likely Morton will take a more physical approach with an emphasis on set-pieces. Kyle Jacobs brings bite to midfield while Robbie Muirhead and player/coach John Sutton bring height and physicality to their attack. Morton were hugely inconsistent last season and a title challenge looks beyond them despite the presence of Hopkin. However, the same was thought when Hopkin took charge at Livingston. Yet, he turned them into Championship title winners. Morton should be more competitive this season as Hopkin won’t accept anything less. Goalkeeping could be a problem if a loan signing isn’t made. Neither of the signed goalkeepers have much experience.

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The play-offs. Morton may lack the quality of other teams, but Hopkin should make them competitive and difficult to beat.

Season Review
2018/2019

№5: Morton

Although Morton finished in 5th place with three consecutive wins, they had a troubled season with managerial disruption at the start and the end of the season. They began with Ray McKinnon in post, but he quickly defected to Falkirk amid much acrimony, although Morton were eventually compensated. They also had the pleasure of seeing Falkirk relegated. Jonatan Johansson took the roll and they just managed to survive. However, Johansson never a convincing leader and left before the final match of the season when he discovered he didn’t feature in the club’s plans. Morton started the season well, but after McKinnon left form dipped as Johansson took a while to settle into the role. Morton were plagued all season with injury problems, especially in their forward line. Denny Johnstone was a major part of their plans but injury kept in out for the entire season. It is no surprise that next to Dunfermline, they were the lowest scoring team in the Championship. Only one win in 12 fixtures from January to April saw them in deep relegation trouble but they rallied in the final stretch and finished with three straight wins and clean sheets. After the disruption at the start of the season, Morton were never going to reach the play-offs and did well to survive. It’s hard to know what Morton’s board wants as they haven’t the resources to support a promotion bid. They sacked Jim Duffy at this time last year and have repeated their action. Another struggle to remain in the Championship seems likely next season with cutbacks seeming likely.


Player of the Season: Gregor Buchanan

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