SAM Ramsbottom believes the future of Morton is in safe hands as he tips goalkeeping prodigy Chris Wylie to have a big future in the game.

The Ton number two revealed that the youngster has made a lot of progress working with highly-rated goalkeeping coach Dave Timmins this season. 

Ramsbottom says the feeling in the camp is that Wylie could be challenging for a first team place next season.

He told the Tele: “Chris has come on leaps and bounds as a complete goalkeeper since the start of pre-season.

“A lot of credit has to go to Timmo for that, he’s not only brought my game on, but he’s brought on Danny Rogers’ game too on top of Chris’.

“He’s chalk and cheese compared to the start of the year.

“He’s a totally different ‘keeper than what he was when he first came in and he’s really starting to impress in training.

“If he sticks to what he’s doing and keeps listening to Timmo’s advice and working hard in training then he’ll definitely have a big future in the game.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if he’s challenging for a place in the first team next season. 

“My advice to him would to be to go and get games but he’s young and enthusiastic and playing well for the development squad. 

“The first hand experience of playing men’s football will do him the world of good.

“Ultimately though, that’s not up to me. Timmo is a man who knows his stuff, and Chris has taken it all in like a sponge.”

The 23-year-old revealed that the bond between the goalkeepers at the club is a strong one and says the groundwork that Timmins is doing behind the scenes is set to stabilise the club for the future.

Ramsbottom hopes that he can continue to learn and improve from the goalkeeping coach next term if the opportunity arises.

He added: “There’s obviously the goalkeepers’ union, and we’ve got a good one at the club.

“We’ve also had Mateusz Miller and Lee Kilbride, the young lads from the 16s, in whenever they’re on their half terms, which Timmo is really good at and keen to do.

“We all play a part in it. Obviously Timmo organises and plans the sessions but we also help out as and where we can because there is only one of him.

“It’s good to have seen them progress so much over the course of the season.

“It has been a great opportunity for me. 

“I feel as if I’ve done okay.

“Obviously there are games where, like any player would say, I could’ve done better, and I won’t shy away from that fact.

“At the end of the day, we’re all learning and improving and trying to better ourselves.

“It is what it is, you do have moments like that over the course of the season but for the most part I feel as if I’ve done okay and I’m still here, and hopefully I can kick on again.”