BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport
FORGET the sun, sea and sand of Marbella or Dubai, Morton stars enjoyed a holiday with a difference last week by heading to Disneyland.
And Michael Doyle is adamant they are ready to prove they are no Mickey Mouse outfit by enjoying a fairytale end to the season.
With the Cappielow side not in Scottish Cup action last Saturday, Doyle and Ton teammates Aidan Nesbitt and Lawrence Shankland flew to Paris with their partners to live it up in ‘the happiest place on Earth’.
Having conquered Space Mountain, he is ready for a roller-coaster finale to the Championship season as they eye a stunning promotion.
Doyle said: “A few of the boys actually went over to Disneyland in Paris with our girlfriends during the break.
“It might seem a bit unusual, as most people might go looking for sun, but was at short notice and obviously Paris isn’t too far away. It turned out to be a great trip. Myself, Aidan Nesbitt and Lawrence Shankland were there.
“We did all the classics, waiting until 8 p.m. when they do the Disney Parade, went on all the rides and everything. You’ve got to!
“It’s good to get a couple of days away to unwind and recharge – and we’ve come back hungrier. The games are going to pile up thick and fast, especially if we get that playoff spot, and all the lads will be ready for that now.
“It sums up the camaraderie we’ve got in the dressing room. A lot of players will talk about having a good group, but you could genuinely ask anyone in our team and they’d say the same thing – and we’ll need that togetherness during the run-in.”
Queen of the South boss Gary Naysmith sought to pile the pressure on Morton ahead of today’s showdown, insisting that – with a seven point gap between the sides – fourth spot was Ton’s to lose.
However, Doyle insists no-one at Cappielow believes the job is done, recalling his own experience of slipping into a relegation playoff place with Alloa due to Livingston winning four of their final six Championship fixtures in the 2014/15 campaign.
He added: “I’ll always remember that season because everyone had written Livingston off – and they came from nowhere.
“It happens, and it can happen at both ends of the table. That’s definitely a lesson to learn, and no-one here is thinking the playoff race is over.”