Greenock Morton and Motherwell managers David Hopkin and Stephen Robinson have reacted to a loan move that takes Ross MacIver to Cappielow.

The young Well forward signed for the Steelmen last summer following time at boyhood club Ross County. He made an instant impression on his debut, ironically against the Staggies, scoring a terrific long-range effort in a dramatic 2-1 Boxing Day win.

MacIver would go on to make seven Premiership appearances in total last season before the Premiership shutdown. Well boss Stephen Robinson says the Morton opportunity is a great one for the former Staggies attacker’s development.

“Ross is another of our young players who needs to be getting first team minutes,” said Robinson. “With no reserve matches, Ross joins Harry Robinson and Jamie Semple on going on loan to aid their development.

“Like the others, we want Ross to use this experience to be able to come back ready to fight for a place in our team.”

Robinson is happy with the loan. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Morton manager Hopkin says he is looking forward to seeing MacIver in action: “Ross increases our striking options and is a player whom we have been looking at for a while. I am delighted to have him on board.”

Duffy departs

Meanwhile, St Johnstone defender Wallace Duffy has returned to McDiarmid Park just days after his Morton arrival. Due to spend a season at Cappielow, the Perthshire Saints have released a statement to say that won’t be the case.

“The agreement between Wallace and Greenock Morton has been made for non-footballing reasons,” a spokesperson said. “We’d like to thank Greenock Morton for their professionalism and understanding.”

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