Jim Duffy : Morton Could Be 1st Division Surprise Package

Former Morton defender Jim Duffy has praised the standard of this season's 1st division in today's Scotland On Sunday.

He describes Dundee, St Johnstone, Dunfermline, Partick Thistle and Morton as 'institutions' and says that these teams have the potential to attract big crowds if they are doing well. If all of them are vying for the championship with everything tight at the top Duffy expects regular crowds of 6,000 plus in the 1st division.

On Morton he says : "The surprise packages could be Morton. It has taken them a long time to escape the clutches of the Second Division but for three years they have been a side used to winning practically every week. They have a sharp young manager in Jim McInally and a few pennies to spend. Equally, as I know from experience, Cappielow is a ground with a knack for making visiting teams uneasy and, with crowds that will pour in there this season, Morton's home form could prove a springboard to a title challenge. You just don't know. But that uncertainty is a glorious, and increasing rare, facet of our game."

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