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“The GoFitba project is a fantastic way to showcase what Scottish football clubs and organisations can offer to the young members of their communities. It is projects such as this that positively contribute to changing behaviours and attitudes at an early age and we are delighted to have played a role in funding this initiative.”
The 12 community clubs involved are:
Aberdeen Community Trust
Dundee East Community Sports Club
Glenrothes Strollers FC
Inverness Caledonian Thistle Community
Kilmarnock Community Sports Trust
Kilwinning Sports Club
Motherwell FC Community Trust
Pollock United Soccer Academy
Spartans Community Football Academy
St. Mirren in the Community
Wednesday October 11, Lennoxtown, 7.00pm
Celtic v Rangers
Partick Thistle v Queen's Park
Queen's Park v Celtic
Rangers v Partick Thistle
Partick Thistle v Celtic
Wednesday December 13, Lesser Hampden, 7.30pm
Queen's Park v Rangers
Rangers v Celtic
Friday February 9, Lesser Hampden, 7.30pm
Queen's Park v Partick Thistle
Celtic v Queen's Park
Friday February 23, Lochinch, 7.15pm
On the back of a stellar return to the Scottish Championship which included finishing in the play-off places, and reaching the semi-final of the Betfred Cup, the present at Greenock Morton looks rather promising. With a well-crafted blend of both experienced and youthful players Jim Duffy has managed to give fans of The Ton something to shout about.
The first team boasts an extensive array of home-grown talent, such as Jai Quitongo, Mark Russell and Michael Tidser, all of whom worked their way throughout the club from a young age.
Several players produced from Greenock have found success throughout the country, such as former-graduate Brian Graham, a Scottish League Cup and Championship winning striker who now plays his trade for Cheltenham Town after a spells at Hibernian and Ross County.
Perhaps the most noticeable academy product in recent times is once Scotland midfielder Neil Mccan, who enjoyed a successful career at Hearts and Rangers amongst other clubs, winning leagues and cups galore, and representing his country on 26 occasions.
But what does the future hold for the next generation of youngsters at Cappielow Park?
Glasgow-born, the striker is a relative newcomer to Morton, having spent time at Queen’s Park as a youth player prior to his arrival. Before that, Armour spent his youth career playing for local side Cardonald Thistle.
In September of last year, Armour left The Spiders to join the academy at Morton, featuring in the team regularly throughout the course of the season.
After just less than a season in the development side, Armour made his first-team bow in April 2017, coming on as a late substitute in a league game against Dunfermline Athletic. The landmarks keep coming for the youngster as he scored his first senior goal in pre-season during the summer, netting in a pre-season win over Stenhousemuir.
Around the same time, the 19-year old penned his very first professional deal with the club, signing a contract extension until January of 2018.
Another young-striker making his way through the club is Alexander Easdale. Born in Greenock, the local lad signed professional terms for the first time in the summer with a two-year deal.
Easdale began his youth career for local outfit Port Glasgow Juniors in his younger years, before Aberdeen came calling, a two-year stint at the club followed.
After his spell up North, Easdale elected to move closer to home and signed for Greenock Morton, where he moved into the under 14 squad.
Recognised for his efficiency infront of goal and intelligent movement, the youngster made his debut for the development side as a substitute against Albion Rovers at Lennoxtown in April of this year, featuring in a 3-0 victory. The 18-year old has progressed right through the age groups under Head of Youth, Derek Anderson’s tutelage, and will be determined to take the next step into the first team.
With the support of over 26-staff members within the academy, including that of Anderson and director Warren Hawke, these two young strikers will be well-supported in their journey to make it to the professional game.