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Moore envious of opposition TV role

Published: 6 Jan 2012 12:004 comments

ALLAN Moore is envious that two of Morton's league rivals will play in front of the television cameras this season - but hopes a win over Raith Rovers tomorrow will see his players flirt with fame.

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Ton travel to Fife for a fourth round Scottish Cup tie hours after Dundee play a televised clash with Kilmarnock, the side Ayr United will face in a League Cup semi-final at Hampden.

A tie with Raith is not quite as glamorous, but Moore is leaving no room for error in his preparations to take on a side Ton have not faced since the third week of the league season.

Moore told the Tele: "The funny thing is we haven't played Raith since the third game of the season while we've already played other teams twice.

"That's a bit barmy - so I'm looking back at a DVD from that game and taking a look at their formation and patterns of play as it's that long since we played them!

"But we have had two good victories in our last games, although it's not an ideal one as we play Raith in the league the following week as well.

"This is one which is winnable, though, and I'm not going to sit here and say it's not - we've found a wee bit of form in the past couple of weeks.

"We know they will be stuffy like they were last year but hopefully we can go up there and get a result and get a bit of a cup run going.

"Dundee have obviously got the televised match against Kilmarnock and Ayr United have the semi-final against Kilmarnock as well.

"It is something like that we would like to have, so we need to try to get through this one then maybe we will be drawn against Celtic or Rangers of someone like that.

"That would also bring in a bit of revenue for the club - I was speaking to Brian Reid, [the Ayr manager] and he was talking about their semi-final bringing in about £100,000."

Meanwhile, sources close to the club have suggested speculation linking St Johnstone defender Graham Gartland with a move to Ton is wide of the mark.

However, a contract extension with midfielder Derek Young has now been finalised - and Moore will name him among his squad tomorrow.

Moore said: "It's done and dusted - he will definitely be in the squad on Saturday and I see Derek as a big player for us between now and the end of the season.

"Before going on our wee run we changed our formation a wee bit and I think that change might suit him as well."

But Moore is still concerned about the foot injury which has plagued captain Stuart McCaffrey, right, - with the defender set to meet Celtic's medical staff.

He added: "Stuart McCaffrey is still causing us major concern and he is going to go for another scan, this time with the Celtic physio."

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