MORTON manager Jonatan Johansson is hoping Michael Tidser can get back involved in the first team after a difficult start to the new year for the midfielder.

He was the subject of interest from both Dundee and Falkirk during January, but will remain with the Ton until the end of the season.

In recent weeks the midfielder has been on the bench, with fans wondering why he hasn’t been involved.

But the manager revealed the 29-year-old has not been in the right frame of mind to feature for the team, citing transfer speculation and personal issues.

He told the Tele: “Michael has had a difficult time. I don’t think it’s to do with football, I think it’s outside the pitch there’s been off the field issues that he had to deal with and that’s been affecting him.

“He’s had a lot of things to deal with and that’s been affecting him a bit. Me and him have always had an open discussion about it and we’ve been very clear with each other.

“There has obviously been a lot of speculation in the papers, about every players and not just Michael.

“It’s something that we are dealing with, and I felt as well it was important for us to have Michael until the end of the season and I’m happy that has been done.

“I’m expecting that now the window is closed, it’s a closed chapter for me and Michael is very much included in my plans and I’m hoping to see him back to his best for us.”