MORTON, thy name is kingmaker.
Contrary to the recent remarks of Douglas Rae, the Morton chairman, Kenny Shiels seems pretty positive and bullish to me.
THE fall did not seem so far on Saturday.
Douglas Rae, the Morton chairman, was full of ire yesterday as he contemplated life in League 1.
MORTON boosted their paltry home record last night with an excellent performance, staving off the inevitable drop to League One while damaging Dumbarton's hopes of reaching the play-offs.
The reality of relegation hit home for Morton some time ago.
MORTON's relegation fate was surely sealed by this ignominious defeat at Central Park.
ONE for sorrow, two for joy, hunners for … relegation?
In putting in what was deemed a man-of-the-match performance, Christian Nade could hardly have offered a more reassuringly robust on-field presence at Dens Park on Saturday.
ANOTHER week, another admirable display of grit and a determination to not lose, stretching their unbeaten streak to six matches.
HAD the description of Scottish football's odd couple not been copyrighted so successfully by Terry Butcher and Maurice Malpas, erstwhile Kilmarnock duo Kenny Shiels and Jimmy Nicholl would have had a fair old claim to the title.
Rowan Vine has been a Morton player for less than a week and already he is in need of a lift.
THIS is not the same Morton side who struggled so much in the first half of the season.
Fourth place in the SPFL Championship proved just out of reach for Queen of the South last night.
Morton v Queen of the South (7.30)
DAVID ROBERTSON became a victim of circumstance on Saturday.
KENNY SHIELS has revealed he will no longer conduct post-match interviews with the media after claiming his doctor has advised him not to.
MARK McLAUGHLIN emerged from the Dumbarton dressing room on Saturday a new man, invigorated by the alleviation of a burden which had, until Friday, weighed heavily upon the defender's shoulders.
IT was new year, new manager, new players, but same old hard luck story for Morton yesterday as they slipped to their seventh straight defeat and deeper into the SPFL Championship mire.
HIS presence was understated but his influence was not.
ONCE the coals of this contest have been raked over, there might just be a spark with which Morton can ignite their season.
KENNY SHIELS is not a man known for keeping his opinions to himself.
HEARING Kenny Shiels talk about how much he loves being a football manager, it seems almost cruel that he was denied the chance of being one for all of six months.
AFTER going over 18 months without work, Kenny Shiels would spend the weekend biding his time.
THE immediate impact of the strike may not have been deeply felt at the time, but its significance may yet resonate throughout the rest of Morton's campaign.
THERE are some footballers who, given an inch, would happily take the proverbial mile.
THEY couldn't muster a manager between them and by half-time Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Morton began to wonder if they even had a match.
DUNCAN SHEARER will urge his Inverness Caledonian Thistle side to go for the kill early against Morton today.
The mere suggestion of relegation is waved away immediately by Douglas Rae.
MORTON'S last victory began with a huddle.