MORTON manager Gus MacPherson has sent striker Kazaiah Sterling back to Tottenham after ending his loan prematurely.

The Tele can reveal that the 22-year-old front man was sent back down to London before Ton travelled to face Motherwell in Friday’s Scottish Cup last-16 exit at Fir Park due to the prospect of getting little to no minutes between now and the end of the season.

Sterling joined the club on a temporary basis on transfer deadline day in January and was considered to be a considerable coup captured by then-interim boss Anton McElhone.

The Spurs youth product failed to make an impact during his time in Greenock after only making three starts and four sub appearances, with his most notable performance coming in a man-of-the-match display against Inverness up in the Highlands.

MacPherson had previously stated that the club was carrying an oversized squad after the summer recruitment drive led by then-boss David Hopkin saw the club have 26 senior players.

Sterling joins Rabin Omar and James Wallace who both headed out the exit door last month to Dumbarton on loan and leaves Ton with only two out-and-out strikers going into their remaining three games against newly-crowned champions Hearts, relegated Alloa Athletic and the all-important final day shootout at Arbroath.