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Morton Blog: Dyer and MacDonald Depart For Dens

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mortonfanblog1William Dyer and Peter MacDonald have ended speculation over their futures by signing for newly relegated Dundee. Both players turned down a new one year deal offered to them by Morton manager, Allan Moore.

With the season at an end and contracts up for renewal, Morton fans waited patiently for the news about which players would be staying at the club and which players would be off. With both having good seasons last term, it was no surprise to see both William Dyer and Peter MacDonald handed new deals.

However, the club would fail to secure these two players services for next season, as a more lucrative deal was offered by new First Division side, Dundee. It’s clear that with the money generated by SPL football, the navy blue side of Dundee are able to offer more money to players, hence the two opting for Dundee, ahead of another year with Morton.

Despite the disappointment for many ‘Ton supporters – myself included – it’s important to remember that both these men have families to feed, and so they must do what’s best for them; evidently, that was moving to Dundee.

Peter MacDonald, for the first half of the season, spent his time watching Morton rise to the top of the table from the Main Stand. His lengthy injury kept him out for many months but when he was finally given the all clear to return, he was determined to help his side push for the title. He may have only been able to muster together sixteen matches, but his goal scoring ability was clear for all to see as he notched up fifteen goals in the process. His goals were key wins over Dunfermline, Airdrie, Falkirk, Livingston and clawing back a two goal deficit at home to eventual First Division champions, Partick Thistle.

With that in mind, any Morton supporter who says that he/she is not fussed about MacDonald moving is, in fact, lying. His movement and finishing was second to none last season and will drag any team in this division through tough games. Whether he is finally passed his injury crisis is yet to be seen, but if Dundee can keep Peter MacDonald fully fit for a season, he could very well fire them to the title.

William Dyer was a solid left back. He’s nothing spectacular, but he is very consistent which is exactly what you want from a full-back, really. His attacking abilities are anonymous and his final ball isn’t great, but he rarely makes a mistake and doesn’t draw much attention to himself. The view from Morton fans on social media sites and unofficial forums are quite mixed about the full-back’s departure. I, personally, am disappointed to see him leave. It’s been quite some time since Morton have had a solid left back, and I think we’d finally found that in Dyer. His move is a step up and I wish him, and MacDonald, all the best…except against Morton, of course.

One of the main reasons as to why key players like Dyer, MacDonald and potentially Craig Reid are leaving Cappielow this summer, was due to the uncertainty around the club. With chairmen, Douglas Rae, threatening part-time football, it was clear to see that cut-backs were going to be made. Despite Rae retracting his statement over part-time football, he stood by his claim that the budget would be cut. With that in mind, the departure of key players was almost inevitable.

However, it’s not all ‘doom and gloom’ down Cappielow way. Players such as Archie Campbell, – who netted 13 goals in 13 starts before his lengthy injury last season – Derek Gaston, Scott Taggart, Mark McLaughlin, David O’Brien, Thomas O’Ware, Michael Tidser, Fouad Bachirou and Tony Wallace are all signed up for at least another year, giving us the spine of our squad for next season.

In addition to the players that are currently with the club, Moore has stated a number of targets that he would like to bring into the squad for the start of the 2013/14 season. His most recent interview told us that he has been on a scouting mission to Slovakia to see what prospects lie abroad, and he’s liked what he’s seen. So much so in fact, that he is keen on bringing over four players for pre-season trials, in the hope that they will earn a contract with the club.

Moreover, Moore has also brought in Japanese midfielder, Ryan Hirooka, for pre-season trials in the hope that he is the player that can finally lead Morton to the SPL after many years of trying.

The squad is nowhere near complete yet, but there is still plenty of time for ‘wheeling and dealing’ to be done. I have faith in Allan [Moore] that he will bring in the right players; players that will help us to go one step further than last season, and help us become First Division champions, but we have to be patient. Things may not go exactly to plan at first, and the squad may not look much better in a week’s time, but we have to believe that the backroom staff will find the players that will take to the field come August, and help us push for the title.

If we can secure the signature of Craig Reid, who is still uncertain about his future, and retain dynamic midfield duo, Michael Tidser and Fouad Bachirou, I see no reason as to why, come May, Morton will be celebrating another fine season.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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