Derek Collins has earned his nomination as the club’s record appearance holder, having played a total of 618 times for Morton over two spells.
Collins made his debut in 1987 against Motherwell and went on to give 11 years of service as a stylish, attacking right-back. A consistently reliable player, Derek featured in the 1992/93 Challenge Cup final and was an integral part of the great 1994/95 Second Division winning squad, also coming within a whisker of achieving promotion the following season when Morton lost out in a last day shoot-out with Dundee United in a hard fought 2-2 draw when a victory was needed. After a further two seasons at the club and a total of 482 appearances, Derek moved to Hibs for £120,000.
The full-back returned to Morton after the club exited administration in 2001 and by appearing (as captain) against Gretna in the opening match of Morton’s successful 2002/03 Third Division campaign, Collins became the first player to represent the same club in all four tiers of Scottish football. Derek was also rewarded with a much deserved testimonial in 2002 with an old boys match against local rivals St. Mirren at Cappielow.
Collins departed for Gretna in January in 2005 after a further 136 appear- ances, although he returned for a spell as assistant manager to David Irons between February 2008 and September 2009.
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