Morton assistant manager Anton McElhone has given his take on securing the permanent manager’s role at Cappielow.

Former manager David Hopkin left the club for financial reasons to help the Championship side during the Covid-19 crisis.

However, despite steering Morton to an impressive 2-1 win over Dunfermline in his first game as caretaker manager, McElhone has distanced himself from the manager’s job.

“My job is assistant manager”

“No, my job is as assistant manager. At the moment, it’s purely take one game at a time. I’m fully aware of that, I’ve been in football long enough. My job is to work for the club, train the players and make sure they are prepared” he said.

Greenock Morton v Heart of Midlothian - Scottish Championship

David Hopkin recently departed Morton (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Regarding the win over Dunfermline, who are pushing for promotion to the Premiership, McElhone paid tribute to winger Craig McGuffie, who came on as a substitute and scored the winning goal.

 

“He’s a fantastic lad, who trains and does the right things. For whatever reasons he’s not been picked and that’s fine. He wasn’t one of my first picks to come on, I was wanting to keep Robbie (Muirhead) on, but he was tired, and it was like look, we’ve got a good winger to go on and give us something.”

Paid tribute to striker

McElhone also paid tribute to Robbie Muirhead for his performances this season, and held out hope that the player won’t move on in the January transfer window.

Greenock Morton v Heart of Midlothian - Scottish Championship

Morton’s Robbie Muirhead in action against Hearts (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“Robbie Muirhead is a top player. He’s got the trust in me, the trust in the staff. He’s a very good player. People underestimate him, we don’t. We love him, we want him to stay here, let’s hope he stays” McElhone said.

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