Johansson: Greg Kiltie is Premiership quality

Manager Jonatan Johansson believes Morton have a forward of genuine Scottish Premiership quality in Kilmarnock loan star Greg Kiltie.

The 22-year-old has hit a real purple patch in front of goal, taking his scorching scoring run up to four strikes in his last five appearances when he found the net in Saturday’s 2-0 win away at Falkirk.

Ton boss Johansson was delighted to have been able to acquire Kiltie, who also assisted Charlie Telfer’s goal against the Bairns, in January and rates him amongst the cream of Ladbrokes Championship attacking talent.

When asked about the frontman’s form, the Greenock gaffer told “Greg has been really good for me. The first time I contacted Alex Dyer at Kilmarnock to see if I could get him was actually in November.

“I was a little bit surprised we could get him and we’re lucky in that way. Kilmarnock have been very good with us, and they want him to play and progress as a player.

“Kilmarnock have had a great season, a great run of form, so I can understand why he wasn’t getting his chance there after missing time at the start of the season with injury. It’s difficult to break into a team that’s doing very well.

“You realise when you get a player on loan who hasn’t played first-team football, it’s going to take a few games to get going. But you can see it now. Anybody watching our games can see that he’s a Premiership player.

“I brought him in to be that link between midfield and attack, to be that creative player, and he’s certainly proving that he can do that. For me, at the moment, he’s the best offensive player in the league in many ways.

“The chances he creates, the goals he scores, and also the way he works. He’s a really hard worker. He also enjoys the pressure and stands out when the going gets tough. He doesn’t feel the pressure; he thrives under it.”


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