Jimbo’s on a wing and a prayer for Sons tie
MORTON wing ace Jim McAlister has admitted the Greenock side must make it past Dumbarton in their Active Nation Scottish Cup third round replay or they will never forgive themselves for missing out on the chance to meet Celtic at Cappielow in the next round.
McAlister has been at the Ton for seven years without ever experiencing the excitement of a home draw with either half of the Old Firm.
And although he knows that Dumbarton will be equally as fired up as his mates, he is determined to put the Sons to bed.
McAlister said: “In all my time at Morton the biggest cup draw we had was Kilmarnock at Cappielow three seasons back.
“It was a cracking tie – we won 3-1–and the atmosphere was brilliant, so to experience Celtic coming to Cappielow for what would be a sell-out would be one of the highlights of my time at Morton.
“But Dumbarton will be just as fired up as we are for this one and the chance to have Celtic at their place will mean every bit as much to them as it does to us. So we must put all thoughts of the Celtic tie out of our minds and just focus on this afternoon.
“It would be unforgiv- able to miss out on the kind of opportunity that is waiting for us in the fourth round.”
The 24-year-old also admitted he is relishing the wide open spaces of the Strathclyde Homes Stadium as opposed to the usual narrow con-fines of Cappielow.
McAlister said: “Dumbarton were very well organised last week with just one up and five across the middle, and we struggled to get width against them. That is often the case at Cappielow as it is a narrow pitch, but they have a big playing surface and hopefully myself and Kevin Finlayson can take advantage of that.”
Sons boss Jim Chapman said: “I was delighted with the commitment and performance last time out, but we know that we need a repeat.
“We also know that we have got it in our locker not just to compete, but to threaten Morton as well.”