Irons: We don't want to finish with a whimper

Published: 8 May 2009 12:30

MORTON boss Davie Irons has stressed to his players that there is much to play for in the final match of the season tomorrow at home to Ross County.

While not involved in the relegation battle, and with the championship wrapped up by St Johnstone, it might be assumed that this is just another end-of season dawdle. But Ross County need to make sure they don"t get dragged down into the relegation play-off place.

Irons said: 'Pride is at stake. We certainly don"t want to finish with a fourth successive defeat - something that hasn"t happened to us all season - and slide down the table a couple of places.

'That would undo a lot of the good work we have done. We want to show people how much we have improved. Also Ross County have something to play for and that could make it interesting.'

Definitely still out is midfield man Allan Jenkins. 'We would like to have him available,' said Irons, 'but it is not worth risking him at this stage of the season.'

Certainly Jenkins" drive has been missed from the engine room of the Ton team.

Meanwhile attention is turning to new pay deals for those out of contract, the manager himself falling into that category. He said: 'We"ll start that next week.'

Among those definitely not returning will be Jamie Stevenson, Kieran McAnespie and Jon Newby. As for others, such as Brian Wake, James Grady and Alex Walker, Irons said: 'It depends on whatever budget is drawn up.'

As for new arrivals, Irons said: 'I have spoken to two or three but I need to know first what we can afford.'

As for pre-season friendlies, Oxford and Crawley Town are on the agenda while the Renfrewshire Cup Final against St Mirren has to be fitted in somehere. 'That depends on whether they are still in the SPL or not,' said the Ton boss.

As for any possible tour, Irons admitted it was a possibility. 'There are options,' he said, 'but again it depends on other things.'

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