DEREK Gaston says even the under contract players’ futures at Morton may not be secure as they continue their managerial search this week.

Ton have been without a boss since their season ended just over a week ago, after Jonatan Johansson and Peter Houston walked out before their last game of the season against Dundee United.

New Cappielow chief executive Dave MacKinnon and chairman Crawford Rae have both stated their desire to appoint a new manager as soon as possible, with MacKinnon targeting a new man to be in place by the end of this week.

Morton have only three players under contract for next season - Reece Lyon, Dylan Dykes and Brendan Pearson - while Jim McAlister, Chris Millar and Gregor Buchanan have triggered clauses in their contracts which entitle them to new deals.

Pearson was initially signed to play for the reserves last season, with the club set to promote him to the first team squad for the upcoming campaign.

But Gaston says the new manager might want both or neither of him and Pearson at the Greenock club for next season, and admits the squad just need to wait until a new man is in place.

He told the Tele: “You don’t know whether the manager sees him as his number one for next season, whether he’s looking for him to be a number two or whether he doesn’t rate him at all.

“You really don’t know what the new manager is thinking.

“It might even be with players under contract like Dylan Dykes, a new manager might come in, might not rate him or might want to build the team around him.

“There’s lot of questions to be answered, it’s just a waiting game at the moment.”