REECE Lyon admits his debut season in the Morton first team has been ‘crazy’.

The 19-year-old made his full debut against Queen of the South back in October, bursting onto the scene by scoring a stunning late winner.

But the teenager picked up a knee injury, which hampered his progress for several months.

He didn’t get an extended run in the team until the end of February, but then went on to start the last 11 games of the season.

With managers coming and going through the doors at Cappielow this season and the team sucked into a relegation battle, it was a memorable campaign. 

The youngster admits it was a whirlwind first season, especially after a rough patch where Morton won just three times in 20 league games. 

He says the more experienced players helped him through it.

Lyon told the Tele: “It was my first season of professional football and I obviously didn’t want to get relegated in my first year of first team football.

“It was hard, but most of the boys helped me through it. 

“Most of them are older and have been through it before, and Jim [McAlister] was telling me what it had felt like.

“It was scary, but the boys had the belief that we weren’t going to get relegated.

“It was difficult, but the gaffer still played me every game, he played me for 10 games in a row and it was difficult for the team as results weren’t going our way.

“It wasn’t exactly as if we were playing terrible either, we just weren’t getting that break or that bit of luck.

“It’s been mental this season. There has been a lot of ups and downs this year, it’s been a crazy first season, and not just for me but for a lot of the boys as well.”

One of those crazy moments was the last day of the season, which saw manager Jonatan Johansson and assistant Peter Houston leave the club just hours before kick-off.

Captain McAlister, above, took charge on the sidelines in a dramatic end to the year, which saw Morton beat Dundee United 1-0, securing fifth place in the Championship with their third win in a row, the first time they had managed to do that all year.

Lyon added: “It was a bit bizarre. I don’t think any of the boys had seen anything like it before. 

“Jim and Midge [Chris Millar] said to Crawford [Rae, Morton chairman] they would take charge and take the team, the boys went out and handled it and handled it well.

“That was the first time we had three wins in a row all season, it was a good way to end it. 

“To finish fifth from where we were at after winning three games in 20 is a good achievement.”