Morton Sign Russell And Gardyne

After a day of wheeling and dealing and a will he wont he saga Morton have signed Brechin's Iain Russell (right) and Celtic's Michael Gardyne (left).

Centre forward Russell signed a three year deal with Brechin receiving £40,000. Russell won the SPFA 2nd division player of the year award last season after scoring 23 goals for Brechin as they finished fourth. 4 of Russell's 23 goals were scored against Morton in the form of two doubles. He has already scored 6 goals this term.

I've been impressed with Russell going back to his days with Dumbarton where in the 2004-05 season he was the clubs top scorer as well as their young player and senior player of the year. I think he'll turn out to be a very useful signing.

According to http://www.celticfc.net/ Michael Gardyne has signed on a free transfer. This was after the Greenock Telegraph website carried a story indicating Celtic had let the club down by demanding a transfer fee after agreeing to let him go without a fee.

Gardyne spent half of last season on loan at Ross County. Two of my younger brothers (one of whom lives in Inverness) went to watch Ross County play Gretna on the last day of last season. They both said that Gardyne was outstanding, the best player on the park and scored a brilliant goal. They didn't agree on where he played though. One said he played just off the main striker, the other said he played wide sometimes drifting in field. Either way lets hope they are right in their assertion he is a very good player.

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