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Morton sign up striker Lyle

Published: 14 Jan 2011 16:450 comments

MORTON have swooped to sign a new striker in time for tomorrow's crunch clash with Cowdenbeath at Cappielow.

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As manager Allan Moore looks to bolster his attacking options, he has made a move for experienced goal-getter Derek Lyle, who was recently released by SPL side Hamilton Accies.

The 29-year-old, who has signed until the end of the season, goes straight into the squad for tomorrow's match.

Lyle started his career with Partick Thistle then moved to Queen of the South before going on to enjoy a successful spell at Dundee.

He had a productive loan stint with Stirling Albion in 2004, when current Ton gaffer Allan Moore was boss of the Forthbank club.

Lyle made the move to Hamilton in the summer of 2008, but his time at New Douglas Park was badly blighted by serious injury.

Boss Moore today expressed his delight at securing the services of the pacey hitman.

He said: "It's great to have Derek on board. He is a proven goalscorer, and will help the other strikers we have at the club, giving us good competition for places for the starting line-up.

"I have worked with Derek before and his attitude to hard work rubs off in the dressing room."

Lyle's arrival at Cappielow is timely, with only 13 league goals scored by Ton so far this season and Peter Weatherson crocked by an injury, which had left Brian Graham, Stewart Kean and Kevin Kelbie as the only other strikers on the books.

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