Morton defender Luca Gasparotto hoping for double derby success this weekend



Morton defender Luca Gasparotto admits he is looking forward to two huge derbies this weekend – the all-Renfrewshire clash and the eagerly-anticipated Old Firm showdown.

The on loan Rangers defender is desperate to help Ton earn the local bragging rights with a victory that ensures Jim Duffy’s side finish above their rivals in the Championship.

Less than 24 hours later, the Canada Under-23 internationalist will take in his parent club’s crunch Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic at Hampden.


And Gasparotto admits he is hoping to be toasting a double celebration this weekend.

The 21-year-old said: “Even though we can’t reach the play-offs there’s still a lot to play for in the league – we still want to finish as high as possible and get as many points as possible.

“It will be important for the players and the fans to finish above St Mirren and being a derby it’s obviously a big game and everyone is looking forward to it.

“I’ll also be there on Sunday and I’m looking forward to it as well. I’ll go along with some of my Rangers team-mates.

“It’s a big weekend not only for Morton but for Scottish football. It’s been a year since we had the last Old Firm match and it’s something that I think Scottish football needs.

“It will be great to have it back. I’m certainly not looking past my game on Saturday but I’m also really looking forward to the match on Sunday.

“It will be really competitive, two really good teams and I’m looking forward to the atmosphere and the game itself.”

Morton have failed to beat the Buddies in three previous encounters this term after being beaten by Alex Rae’s side in January following two draws.

But Gasparotto reckons Ton are due a derby victory.

He added: “It should be really competitive, at times when we’ve played earlier this season I think we’ve been really unlucky not come away with anything from the games.

“I’ve think we’ve been the better side, created the better chances and been a bit unlucky.

“The players want to get a win against them and it would mean a lot to the fans.

“We’ve already maintained our Championship status for another year, which is great and now we just want to finish as high as possible.”