By Ben McNicol
David Hopkin has been left thrilled with his Morton squad as the Ton gear up for the shortened Championship season.
The Cappielow side returned to competitive action in League Cup group stage action as international matches ensued, playing twice at home to Queen of the South and Queen’s Park. It was a positive couple of games, picking up four points from six.
A draw in 90 minutes with fellow Championship side Queen of the South, in which they won the bonus point on penalty kicks, was followed up with a win over the Spiders.
Now they are looking forward to opening their league campaign against Alloa. Whilst the Cappielow budget has been slashed this season as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to affect football, Hopkin is delighted with his set of players.
“We had some really strong performances in both games against Queen of the South and then Queen’s Park on Tuesday there, which has given me food for thought going into the Alloa game,” said Hopkin.
“It’s a good headache to have though because the players have worked hard themselves over the shut down and then we’ve worked hard over the summer and the full course of pre-season.
“It’s pleasing when you bring subs on in games and then they go and make such an impact on proceedings. We worked hard to get the squad together and I’ve said it before, the budget has been cut again so it’s been massively important that we kept players from last season.
“We’ve also managed to get a lot of young talent in during the transfer window that have added to the group that we already had here. There’s going to be ups and down’s this year, but I’m delighted with what I have at my disposal.
“As we saw against Queens on Tuesday, we’ve got 20/21 players to choose from that could easily start as two different teams, it’s now down to me to keep them happy.”