Evening Times

Ton’s Celtic cash may go to balance books

- By BERT MITCHELL

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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