Ex-Ger McPherson becomes latest Cappielow casualty

Last updated : 15 November 2002 By Grandmaster Suck
Former Rangers defender Davie McPherson has been sacked by third-division Morton, with the Cappielow board claiming Slim was dismissed due to disappointing results.

McPherson had only been in the job since the end of last season after taking over from Peter Cormack, and with the club only a point off a promotion spot the sacking seems to have come at a strange time.

His biggest signing, young striker Alex Williams, had been reported as a very astute piece of business by McPherson. A large bid and a huge profit is anticipated from the sale of the ex-Stirling man. This would normally see the manager of a financially insecure club appreciated by his board of directors, but not in this case.

He becomes the third ex-Ranger to be evicted from the managers office at the crisis club. The current board parted with Ally Maxwell in May 2001 after he failed in an almost impossible bid to save the club from relegation with only a few games to play and the odds stacked against him.

Previous owner Hugh Scott, who took Morton from being one of the few Scottish clubs in the black at the bank to the brink of bankruptcy, sacked Ian McCall who is now proving a success at Falkirk.

Two spells at Ibrox brought mixed fortunes for McPherson. He found his way into the record books with a four-goal haul against Valetta but an infamous mistake against Hamilton plus some positional howlers saw Graeme Souness sell him to Hearts.

After establishing himself in the Scotland team he returned to Ibrox where he appeared a more complete centre-back, but injuries forced him to play in a less comfortable right-back role and it was of little surprise when he returned to Tynecastle as part of the deal to bring Alan McLaren to Ibrox.