Star accepts one-year deal
Published: 17 May 2013 11:30
SCOTT TAGGART last night accepted the contract offer tabled by Allan Moore and will play with Morton again next season, the Tele can exclusively reveal.
The right-back was released by SPL side Hibernian last summer but had caught the eye of Ton boss Moore and assistant Mark McNally during a loan spell at Stranraer.
They subsequently offered Taggart a trial and the opportunity to impress in pre-season friendlies, which he did to earn a one-year deal.
He went on to make 38 starts and four substitute appearance, in one of which he came on to score the winning goal against Partick Thistle at Firhill, as he established himself as a first-team regular.
Moore had been keen to retain his services and offered him a one-year extension along with eight other players, but the 21-year-old had delayed making a decision on his future - until yesterday.
Moore told the Tele: "I spoke to Scott Taggart and his agent yesterday and he has agreed to sign for another year."
"He hasn't signed the contract yet. Chief executive Gillian Donaldson is on holiday at the moment and because his deal expired on Wednesday we'll need to apply to the league to re-sign him.
"But he has agreed it and we are pleased that Scott will be staying with us. We gave him an opportunity in the First Division last year and we're hoping that he progresses again next year again.
"Last season was a good one for him. He offers us a lot in an attacking sense, but we do need to work on the defensive side of his game.
"I think the fans like him because he gets up and down that line, but if you're a right-back, you've got to able to defend first and attack second.
"With Scott it was the other way around last year. But he'll improve that side of his game.
"He's only a young lad and it was only his first year in the First Division. And for his first year in the First Division I thought he did well.
"Scott will definitely be our first-choice right-back next season, and we're hoping that we can maybe bring through a boy from our youth system who can play at right-back to learn from him."
In yesterday's Tele, Ton teenager Aidan Fulton told how he had yet to hear from anyone at the club regarding his future but had been approached by Partick Thistle.
However, Moore has since offered the left-midfielder a one-year, full-time contract to stay at Cappielow next season and is awaiting his decision.
He added: "I've spoken to Aidan and offered him a year's deal so I'm just waiting on him getting back to me.
"I've not spoken to his dad yet. I want to have a chat with his dad and we'll probably do that at the beginning of next week."