Evening Times

Ton’s Celtic cash may go to balance books


MORTON chairman Douglas Rae has warned gaffer James Grady he may not be given money to strengthen his squad despite booking an Active Nation Scottish Cup fourth - round tie with Celtic at Cappielow on January 9.

Brian Graham’s solitary strike was enough to defeat Dumbarton in the replay at the Strathclyd­e Homes Stadium.

But Rae said: “The last few years have hit us hard and we have suffered from dwindling attendance­s. I am not sure what the Celtic tie will bring in, but any money will go to balancing the books.”

Grady, meanwhile, was delighted with his side’s success. He said: “They don’t come much bigger than Celtic so this is a fantastic opportunit­y.”

Sons boss Jim Chapman said: “I am proud of my players’ efforts, but now we will concentrat­e on our Second Division campaign.”

Meanwhile, Clyde gaffer John McCormack is hoping his side’s hardfought 1-0 Second Division victory over Arbroath can act as a springboar­d to success in tonight’s Broadwood Scottish Cup clash with Livingston.

Cowboy fired: “It was vital we got the win against Arbroath to avoid becoming detached at the foot of the table. Now we have given ourselves a platform for tonight. Livi may be a full-time side, but it is a cup-tie, and if we show enough passion and commitment we will give ourselves a chance.”

In the Third Division, Albion Rovers battled back to claim a 2-2 draw with For far after an injury-time strike by Pat Walker kept them just one point off the play-off pace.

Rovers boss Paul Martin said: “Credit to the players. They never gave up and got their reward. But, overall, I was very disappoint­ed with our performanc­e.”

Queen’s Park boss Gardner Speirs was shellshock­ed by his side’s 3-1 defeat at Annan.

He said: “I just didn’t see that coming.”

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