Morton forward Declan McManus loving his football after being named player of the month

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Morton forward Declan McManus insists he is back loving his football at Cappielow after being named Ladbrokes Championship player of the month for February.

The 21-year-old scored three goals during an exhausting seven game run during that period and has now made a total of ten starts since rejoining Ton on loan from Fleetwood Town in January

14/03/16 LADBROKES PLAYER OF THE MONTH PARKLEA TRAINING GROUND Greenock Morton's Declan McManus
McManus with his award

Despite being deployed in a deeper position to accommodate on loan Birmingham forward Denny Johnstone, McManus is thrilled to be back playing regular football with Jim Duffy’s side following a frustrating spell south of the border.

McManus, who will be hoping to bolster Ton’s play-off hopes with victory over Queen of the South tonight, said: “I’ve only been back here since January but I’m enjoying every minute.

“We’ve been getting good results and teams like Rangers and Hibs haven’t found it easy against us.

“I’ve played more of an attacking midfield role this season and I’ve tried to fill in for the team more.

“I’ve still got a few goals and a few assists so I’m happy all round. I hope now to just keep it up.”

McManus and Falkirk goalkeeper Danny Rogers are the only two players outside Rangers and Hibs to have collected the monthly award.

McManus added: “I was actually pretty shocked about winning the award.

“But I’m obviously delighted. To be picked ahead of Hibs or Rangers players, who have played so well, is a big thing.

“There are better players in this league, better teams.”

Queens manager James Fowler, meanwhile, admits tonight’s clash is a must-win for his side if they are to reach the play-offs.

Saturday’s defeat at St Mirren has left Queens eight points adrift of fourth place Raith.

Fowler said: “We know it’s going to be difficult, Raith are in a good position but we’ve got this game in hand and have Raith to play. We’ll make sure no one is giving up.

“Our goal was the top four and we’re still looking to get that.

“Raith are not out of sight yet and our ambition is to claw them back.

“We need to start racking up wins.”

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