MICHAEL Doyle has been impressed with a number of his team-mates this season — and he believes many of them will go on to have successful careers at the highest level.
Youngsters Scott Tiffoney and Lewis Strapp recently enjoyed a three-day training period at Swansea City, and the defender insists they deserve the recognition.
And 25-year-old Doyle maintains that Ton’s youthful squad should be proud of their accomplishments this season, singling out Gary Oliver and Mark Russell for their contributions.
He told the Tele: “With the players we have I think a lot of the boys will go on to do bigger and better things eventually. Not that Morton aren’t a big club obviously but you definitely see a big future for a lot of the boys at the club. Guys like Gary Oliver, Mark Russell and a few others.
“Of course [Strapp and Tiffoney] have been getting a wee bit of stick for the Swansea thing, but they’re quite grounded.
"We give them a bit of banter as always, but they’ve been in and around the first team since the start of the season so it’s no surprise that teams are coming to watch the youth players.
“You look at the average age of our squad, boys like Nizzy [Aidan Nesbitt], he’s still only 19 and a lot of the boys are 21. There’s only four of us who are 25 or over. Outside Derek Gaston, the oldest player is 27 and we don’t have anyone in our squad over 30, which is quite a feat.
“There’s a lot of young talent, and I’m delighted for Strapp and Tiff that they’re getting a bit of notice.”
Doyle also claims Morton’s play-off push has benefited from the SPFL revamp, because they’re still in with a shout of promotion come the end of the season.
Ton have gone off the boil in the last few weeks, having not won in their last six games. But the defender reckons the team can be proud of the work they’ve put in throughout the campaign, and he’s delighted that they’re still in a position to potentially grab Premiership status next season.
He said: “I think it’s good that we’ve still got lots to play for. I think it’s to do with the restructuring of the leagues, with third and fourth having the chance to go up.
"I remember a couple of years ago it was Partick Thistle who had won the league with five or so games to go and that was it. So the restructuring has definitely benefited teams like ourselves and even though we’re not guaranteed play-offs yet, it’s good that we’re still in there.
“If you had asked us at the start of the season about finishing the league in the play-offs with a few games to go we’d probably have bitten your hand off.
“I wouldn’t say the team has overachieved because going into every game we’ve probably been one of the better teams in the league, certainly one of the hardest working teams in the league. And we’ve done that quite consistently.
“It’s good that we are in there competing at this level and we’re fighting for second, third, fourth, that’s good.”