MORTON boss Allan Moore is lining up former Motherwell and Ross County utility man Marc Fitzpatrick as a possible solution to his left-sided problem.
Fitzpatrick, whose preferred position is centre midfield but who can also play on the left and in defence, started his career at Fir Park, where he made more than 100 SPL appearances in seven years.
He moved to Ross County in January 2011, winning the First Division with the Staggies in season 2011-12 before making a further 20 SPL appearances last term.
The 27-year-old was released by the Highlanders in January and finished the campaign with Second Division champions Queen of the South after signing a short-term contract.
Manager Moore is already on the lookout for left-sided players, with Willie Dyer and Jordan Halsman gone and Michael Tidser likely to depart, and he believes versatile Fitzpatrick could be an ideal signing.
He told the Tele: "Nothing's set in stone but if Tidser does go I'll have his wages to spend because he's in my budget, so hopefully I can use those to bring in a replacement.
"I might not get someone as good as him because he's hard to replace but hopefully we can get someone who can do a good job in there.
"We'll cross that bridge when we come to it but I've got to try and look ahead and that's why I'm trying to bring the boy Marc Fitzpatrick in to train with us.
"Because if Michael does leave I'll have another left-sided player in there who's got Premier League experience at Ross County and Motherwell.
"He can play left-back, he can play left centre-half, he can play left-midfield, and if Tidser leaves it's
something we need to look at because there aren't many left-siders out there."
Moore is also running the rule over another left-footed player in 24-year-old former Stranraer, Galway United, and Dumbarton full-back James Creaney.
He added: "We've got the boy Creaney in from Dumbarton. But again, like Dougie Imrie, he's not really a trialist.
"His agent asked if we'd take him in and give him some training
facilities because we didn't have a left-back.
"He's another left-sided player so we've brought him in to have a look at him.
"There's no harm in that."