Clyde Preview

Tomorrow Morton return to the first division for the first time since relegation in 2000/01 - 6 long years.

Our first match back is against Colin Hendry's Clyde at Cappielow and if last season's cup match is anything to go by we should be in for a tough, physical encounter.

Hendry hadn't made many signings until yesterday when he swooped to sign three new players and renew the contract of another : Christian Smith (Port Vale), Craig Potter (Airdrie United), Andrew Traub (Celtic) and Gary Arbuckle (who signed a new contract).

I'd identify Clyde's Dougie Imrie as their key man. The nippy striker (who can also play on the wing) is very direct and pacey and is sure to cause Stewart Greacen and Ryan Harding problems tomorrow should he play.

According to today's Greenock Telegraph Scott McLaughlin and Bobby Linn are definitely out while Davie McGurn, David MacGregor and Kieran McAnespie are doubtful. McAnespie played the first 45 minutes against Arthurlie last night and David MacGregor was subbed during the first half due to injury so their chances of playing don't look very promising. Today's news that our bid for Paul McGowan was rejected means we are very light in the striking department. All of this leaves Morton with a significantly weakened squad for tomorrow's match but I have a feeling we will do okay - or maybe it's the unplaced optimism a new season can bring.

I was down at Cappielow picking up my season ticket today and the place was buzzing with activity. The pitch looked immaculate but I was particularly impressed with the new floodlights that have been built on the roof of the main stand ( pictured - click to enlarge. For better pics click here : http://ahms.org.uk/index/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=30). Personally I think Cappielow is looking better than it has done in years.

Tomorrow Morton unfurl the Second Division Championship flag which will be presented by the Golden Lions parachute team (well done to the guys at the Albert for organising this). Lets hope the players rise to the occasion on the park and make Morton's return the 1st division a memorable one on and off the field.

My precition : Morton 1 - 0 Clyde - Weatherson

Match Details : http://www.gmfc.net/club-news/news-view.asp?id=198

Evening Times Preview : http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/sport/display.var.1593304.0.0.php

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