MORTON boss Jim Duffy reckons Scottish football can barely afford the cost of a cup of coffee and a bacon roll — never mind goal line technology.

The issue was brought to the fore during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Queen of the South at Palmerston.

Stephen Dobbie opened the scoring for Queens after 33 minutes but Ton star Gary Oliver levelled the match after 55 minutes.

But the major talking point was Dobbie’s audacious 73rd-minute effort from his own half, which saw backtracking goalkeeper Derek Gaston make a last-ditch save and claw the ball away and onto the post. 

Observers in the main stand were convinced Gaston was a foot behind the goal line before making contact with the ball.

However, neither referee Kevin Clancy or assistant Paul O’Neill gave a goal.

It was a real let-off for Ton as they were second best to Gary Naysmith’s side for the majority of the game.

But at full-time, Ton manager Duffy laughed off the notion of Scottish football introducing goal line technology at Championship level.

He said: “There’s no chance, not in the Championship. We don’t even go for a pre-match meal!

“You’ll get a couple [of incidents] over the course of the season, maybe in the top league, but there’s no chance. 

“It’s one of those ones where Queens will be adamant it’s in but Gats says it’s not, so who can really say.  It’s controversy, it’s talking points and for me that’s what football’s about.

“We can all highlight decisions we didn’t get, or decisions we did get over the course of a season but we’re miles away from that [goal line technology].

“It’s far too expensive for Scottish football, certainly at our level, so listen, if we can get a cup of coffee and a bacon roll then we’re happy — never mind goal line technology!”

Duffy, though, paid tribute to Dobbie for having the confidence to take on the shot - and goalkeeper Derek Gaston for making an incredible save.

He said: “It was a phenomenal piece of skill and a phenomenal piece of goalkeeping. 

“Football’s about entertainment and Stephen Dobbie can certainly entertain. He’s certainly an outstanding player. He can do things that a lot of other players, playing at a higher level, are not capable of doing, so you have to congratulate him.

“But you also have to congratulate my goalkeeper for an unbelievable save. It’s impossible for us to tell whether it’s over the line or not.

“We were on the halfway line. And I don’t think the linesman can anticipate it either, he was in line with the last defender, around 10 yards over the halfway line, so it’s almost impossible for him as well.

“Our goalkeeper is adamant it wasn’t over the line so therefore we take that, but to be honest, we only really played for about 20 minutes.”

He added: “First half I thought Queen of the South were the better side and deservedly went in front. We huffed and puffed, really. We didn’t get any rhythm to the game.

“We started the second half very well and we got a terrific equaliser from Gary Oliver. That was the most controlled passage of play we played in the whole game.

"After that, for about 15 to 20 minutes I thought we were the better side but Queens finished very strongly, they hit the woodwork, Derek Gaston made a great save and that was obviously a pivotal moment with ‘the call,’ so we’re delighted to come down here and get a point, absolutely no doubt about it.”