BY DARREN JOHNSTONE – Capital City Press
Morton striker Peter MacDonald insists tomorrow is a good time for Ton to go up against a wounded Rangers side.
Cappielow boss Jim Duffy has admitted that he is wary of a backlash from Mark Warburton’s team after the Ibrox club suffered their first defeat of the season to St Johnstone in Tuesday’s League Cup match.
But experienced marksman MacDonald admits Morton cannot wait to test themselves against the Championship leaders on the back of a seven-game unbeaten run that includes their memorable midweek cup win over Premiership side Motherwell.
Former Rangers trainee MacDonald, who has netted two goals this season, said: “With the money Rangers have spent on the squad, is there ever a good time to face them?
“We are at home and we’re seven undefeated so it is a good time for us to being going up against Rangers.
“Their league run will come to end at some point so we’re not really worried about that.
“I think we have been the surprise package in the league so far, I think teams thought that they would run over us.
“But we’ve set up to be hard to beat. We’ve surprised a few teams and hopefully we continue doing that.
“I don’t know if you could say our start has surpassed expectations but we just wanted to compete and we’ve done that so far. That’s what we have set up to do and it’s been working.
“We are a new team in a new league with new players so you also have to take into account players gelling.”
Morton are brimming with confidence after claiming a 3-2 victory over Motherwell after extra-time in the League Cup on Tuesday, a result that cost Fir Park manager Ian Baraclough his job.
Duffy’s side responded from the bitter disappointment of losing an 90th minute equaliser to Scott McDonald in regulation time to see off the top-flight outfit.
MacDonald added: “We are buzzing after the Motherwell victory, it was a big scalp taking a Premiership team but I think we deserved it with the way we played.
“They managed to get a late goal but the boys rallied round and went again.”