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    Mid Table Ton of Trouble


    It's the struggle for mid table supremacy once more as Morton head North where they will fancy their chances against a team they have already beaten home and away this season. Saturday at 3:00pm is the scheduled start for this one with George Oakley likely to be in the Morton line-up having scored on his debut last week. We are gradually getting players back but it's not an instant fix with Allardice and Harper getting back up to speed.


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    Scottish Cup Update (to follow)



    Venue H2H v Morton Pld Won Drn Lst For Agst + / -
    Home 20 12 4 4 46 18 +28
    Away 18 10 3 5 35 23 +12
    Neutral 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Total 38 22 7 9 81 41 +40

    One to forget: 0 - 4 Morton Madness:  An injury hit Inverness side went to Cappielow with expectations low and they didn't disappoint. Muirhead opened the scoring against the run of play in the fifth minute after Ridgers allowed a shot to go through him. A second soon followed after a soft penalty award when Ambrose went to ground in the box. Gillespie scored from the rebounded penalty. Worse was to follow when David Carson inexplicably headed a corner behind Ridgers under no pressure. Blues added a fourth with twenty minutes left despite Inverness dominating the ball. Defeat by a wekened team against the form team on a run is bearable, what is more difficult to grasp is the substitution of your keeper at half-time and the silence that followed it. More to come over the next week or two methinks. 

    Last 10 Competitive Meetings
    0 - 4
    0 - 1
    1 - 0
    0 - 1
    6 - 1
    1 - 1
    1 - 1
    2 - 0
    4 - 1
    0 - 1

    Until fairly recently, we had only ever lost once at home to Morton. How times change, and not for the better. The 4-0 thrashing at Cappielow was one of the low points of this season so far and a sign that all was not right behind closed doors. Add that to the 1-0 loss at the Caledonian Stadium and it's easy to believe that the downward spiral is incoming. Thankfully, we have perked up a bit since 2023 arrived but we are far from the finished article yet.

    Pos Team Pld W D L F A Pts
    1. Queens Park 22 12 4 6 44 30 40
    2. Ayr United 22 11 6 5 46 29 39
    3. Dundee 21 11 5 5 36 25 38
    4. Partick Thistle 22 10 3 9 42 37 33
    5. Inverness CT 22 8 7 7 32 30 31
    6. Morton 21 8 6 7 29 24 30
    7. Raith Rovers 23 8 6 9 30 31 30
    8. Cove Rangers 22 5 7 10 30 47 22
    9. Arbroath 23 4 9 10 22 37 21
    10. Hamilton Ac. 22 4 5 13 18 39 17



    Queens Pk v Ayr United


    Accies v Dundee

    Arbroath v Raith Rvrs

    Caley Jags v Morton      

    Partick Thistle v Cove Rangers  

    Last Time Out

    Inverness were sort of knocked out of the Scottish Cup by an eager Queens Park on Tuesday night. However they may have been too eager and fielded an ineligible player in the shape of Euan Henderson. If the SFA are consistent, then Inverness will progress to face Livingston in a couple of weeks. That aside, we were poor against Queens who deservedly won the game on the park 2-0 with second half strikes from Thomas and Williamson. Our last League game was a 2-2 draw with a similarly resurgent Raith Rovers. We came from behind twice to earn our point through Jay Henderson and Billy Mckay. Vaughan and Connolly had given Raith the lead twice. We are unbeaten in the league since the turn of the year with two wins and two draws.

    Morton have slipped below Inverness in the table thanks to two draws and three defeats on the bounce (four if you include the Cup), the last one coming last Saturday at home to Arbroath but they have a game in hand. George Oakley took only four minutes to open his Morton account but the Smokies hit back with second half goals from Hamilton and long range effort from McKenna to deservedly take the points against a disappointing Greenock side. Morton's current winless run goes back seven games to November 26th when they beat Queen of the South 4-1 in the Scottish Cup.

    Morton have won both League matches against the Caley Jags this season. A 0 - 1 win in the Highlands was followed by an embarrassing 0 - 4 thrashing at Cappielow where the Ridgers Rift started as he was subbed at the interval with Inverness 3-0 down to a rampant Morton.

    Latest Team News

    Scott Allardice and Cammy Harper did get some game time over the last couple of weeks but it's fair to say that both are still feeling their way back to match sharpness. 



    Eric's Morton catch-up.

    1st. February 2023 a statement from Greenock Morton FC states that Central defender Alan Lithgow has left the club by mutual consent. Since signing at the start of season 2021/22 the 34-year-old has made a total of 49 appearances for the club. He has since joined East Kilbride. Also having left the club are defender Darren Hynes transferred to Clyde FC and joining Airdrieonians was midfield player Lewis Macgregor. Kyle Jacobs, midfielder (Edinburgh, loan to permanent).

    Loan ended: Jaze Kabia, midfielder (Livingston).

    Joining Morton is one time product of the Celtic FC youth programme, midfielder Calvin Miller who had been without a club since leaving Chesterfield FC back in October 2022.

    On loan from Glentoran is Ally Roy a centre forward. Another centre forward and familiar name in Inverness is George Oakley who transferred on a free during the January transfer window and has already opened his Morton account after 4 minutes in the job.

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    Imrie knows how to beat ICT and Dodds has no clue how to counteract it. We're doomed to defeat. This hasn't got 0-0 written all over it. :tongueincheek:

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