Millar targets 300 Morton appearances

Midfielder Chris Millar was incredibly proud to reach 250 appearances for Morton – but says he wants to make at least 50 more to hit the 300 mark.

The 36-year-old arrived at the milestone after coming off the bench in Saturday’s vital 1-0 win over Dunfermline Athletic at East End Park.

But he is refusing to rest on his laurels and hopes to be at Cappielow next term in order to make it a treble century of appearances for his local team.

Millar told “It’s great to play 250 games for the club. It’s a great achievement, but if you start getting complacent then you stop moving forward.

“I look at it and think: ‘Well, I want another 50 games.’ I don’t want to stop playing. I’m still very much of the mindset that I want to be as fit as I can, as strong as I can, and contribute as much as I can.

“I feel as if I’ve proved a point to myself that I can still play a lot of games in a season – 35 appearances at 36 is not bad – and that’s been very satisfying.

“There are question marks over age and whether you can contribute, but I felt I’ve done that and I’m feeling good and feel I have at least another year in me. I’m very motivated to play. That desire and hunger is still there.

“I’ve never once thought: ‘I don’t want to play football anymore.’ That’s never been there. I’m as moany at training, as the boys will tell you, and as moany during games and as passionate as I’ve ever been.

“I want to keep doing well and hopefully that’s at Morton again next year. I came back to do well and help the club be successful and try and kick on. And that would be the same next season.”

The Ton have one game remaining this term, and Millar is adamant no one will have their minds on the beach during Saturday’s game with Dundee United despite the fact safety was secured last weekend.

He added: “It did look kind of shaky at one point, but the boys rallied and responded really well to the situation and we can now finish fifth.

“That would be two steps up from last year, and that would be progression. It would also mean we’d have finished ahead of teams like Partick, Dunfermline, Queen of the South, and Falkirk.

“The mood is that we want to go and beat Dundee United and finish fifth. That can also build momentum for next year; we would end the season four games undefeated and everybody goes away in a good mood.”


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