MORTON’S club captain Jim McAlister admits players are potentially playing for their futures at the club in the next few games as the January transfer window draws near.

Jonatan Johansson came in as the new Ton boss back in September, after the summer transfer window had closed.

With the next window looming, McAlister believes his Morton team-mates need to be mindful that the manager could look at chopping and changing his squad at the start of 2019.

But the 33-year-old says a number of positive performances over the festive period could play a big part in players holding onto their spots in the team.

He told the Tele: “It comes across your mind and it gives you all the motivation in the world to keep on performing, so he doesn’t need to improve on any boys’ positions in January.

“That’s the way everybody needs to look at it.

“It can be an unsettling time for certain players if people have to move on.

“But there should be a burning desire for every player in their position to go and prove that it doesn’t need strengthening in January.

“I’m not sure what the gaffer will have resources-wise, but he inherited every single player in the squad and I’m sure he’ll want to stamp his authority on it, whether that’s in January or in the summer.”