He’ll be without the likes of Rangers loanee Lewis Mayo – but Dunfermline boss Stevie Crawford hopes Morton are travelling without a new manager bounce.

The Pars meet Morton at East End Park on Saturday, Dunfermline’s first game since a Covid-19 outbreak. The Ton travel with a former Par as manager after Gus MacPherson was appointed Cappielow boss earlier this week.

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The new Ton boss. (Photo by Alex Todd / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)

Speaking prior to MacPherson’s announcement, Crawford said that players felt hard done by in the last meeting with Morton, who seemed to have a spring in their step following the departure of David Hopkin.

He said: ““Looking back there was a slight release from a change in management the last time when Morton came to play us. I know talking to the players they felt a bit unjust that we lost the game but it did happen.

“We cannot change that, the result is what it is. What we have to do is use that as our motivation going into Saturday’s game. We must make sure that we go into it with a winning mentality to try and take ourselves into a stronger position in the league.”

Looking for Dunfermline victory. (Photo by Ben Banks)

Crawford has provided a fitness update ahead of this, praising Rangers loanee Mayo who will miss out after a red card against Queen of the South: “I can only confirm that the two who are definitely not going to be available at this stage are Ryan Dow and Lewis Martin, and of course, Lewis Mayo is suspended.

“Unfortunately Lewis Mayo picked up a red card towards the end of the Queen of the South game. It was a shame because he had shown his adaptability. He came to the club as a centre back, he has been asked to play at right back, he has played centre mid for us and he got the opportunity to play at centre back against Queens.

“Albeit the result wasn’t right for the club, there was disappointment amongst the group and the coaching staff because of the result but I thought Lewis performed well on the day. It is a little frustrating that he has picked up the red card that will see him miss out the next game.”

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