New Morton signing Andy Murdoch says he is looking to kickstart his career at Cappielow after recently completing a move that took him completely by surprise.
Former Rangers midfielder Murdoch left the Ibrox outfit by a mutual agreement on 31 August and had been without a club when manager Jim Duffy invited him in to Cappielow to train last Friday.
The 21-year-old joined in with the Ton squad that morning before putting pen to paper on a contract until mid-January in late afternoon and making his debut away at Dundee United the following day.
Speaking exclusively to gmfc.net at Parklea this afternoon, Andy said: “I’m delighted a deal was able to be done. It was out of the blue to be honest. I received a phone call a few days before I joined and the gaffer said he would like to have me.
“I was actually travelling up from England and he invited me in the following day to train and see what happened, and it’s worked out well.
“At Rangers under Stuart McCall I played but things didn’t work out under Mark Warburton. Obviously I would have liked to play, but that’s football. Both parties came to an agreement and I was just keeping my options before the Morton move came about.
“I had played against Morton last year for Queen of the South and I thought they were a good, organised team playing at Championship level, so, yeah, I was eager to join.
“I’ve come in and the boys are buzzing. It’s a great atmosphere around here because of the semi-final, which should be a great occasion.”
“ I’ve come in and the boys are buzzing. It’s a great atmosphere around here because of the semi-final, which should be a great occasion. ”
Andy has signed an initial deal until 15 January 2017, and he says his ambition is to play his way into manager Jim Duffy’s first XI and earn himself an extension until the end of the season.
He added: “I’ve signed until the middle of January and my ambition is to get another six months, another contract to take me to the end of the season, and try and play as many games as I can.
“You could say I’m looking to kickstart my career here. Last year was difficult. I went to Cowdenbeath for the first half of the season and Queen of the South for the second half. That was stop-start; I was in and out of the team. Hopefully, I can kick on from here.”
The 21-year-old made his Ton debut with a late cameo in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Dundee United at Tannadice, coming off the bench for the final 12 minutes in place of Aidan Nesbitt.
When asked for his thoughts on the match, he said: “The way the game went, I didn’t get many touches, but I enjoyed just being back on the pitch again during a competitive game.
“I thought it was a pretty even game to be honest and a draw would have been a fair result. It’s disappointing to lose but it was a good performance. We just didn’t get the result in the end.”
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