BY DARREN JOHNSTONE @CCP_Sport
Queen of the South midfielder Mark Millar reckons the Doonhamers are the only side that have not had any plaudits in the Championship this season – but insists they are happy to fly under the radar.
The Dumfries outfit are building momentum following an indifferent start that saw them win six out of their 14 league matches.
But James Fowler’s side will climb above Raith Rovers and into fourth place if they beat Morton today.
And experienced midfielder Millar insists that would be no mean feat for a side that has constantly been overlooked.
He said: “We’ve won our last two games and are back heading in the right direction.
“Everybody has been going on about how the other teams are doing; the likes of Raith, Morton and others but if we win we go up to fourth.
“It was the same as last year, everyone was going on about Hearts, Rangers and Hibs. People talked about Hibs and Falkirk yet we finished in the play-offs ahead of Falkirk.
“The boys don’t really care what anyone else thinks. We’re quite happy to go under the radar.
“We know ourselves that we’ve not been good enough but fourth is a massive thing in this league. It’s getting the points on the board.
“It’s a big game for us and certainly one we don’t want to be beaten in as well.”
Queens are locking horns with Ton for the fourth time in as many months.
After being drawn together in the League Cup in August, which Morton won, the teams drew 2-2 in September before Queens exacted revenge last month when their Boxing Day clash was brought forward.
Millar admits they have a good idea of what they are coming up against.
He said: “Personally I’m not bothered that we’re coming up against them for the fourth time this season. When I was at Falkirk I think we played Partick Thistle six times in one season.
“You probably know each others’ strengths and weaknesses so it’s harder to break them down.
“Morton have been brilliant since coming up and deserve to be in the position they’re in.
“They’re on a good run, they’re a solid unit and they work hard for each other but we’re on a decent run too.”
Queens boss Fowler, whose team have won their last two matches, added: “It’s like Groundhog Day but it’s just the way it’s worked out.
“I don’t think there will be massive changes from the games we’ve had and I don’t think there’s too much between the squads, but hopefully we can get the three points.”