The Inside Scoop with … Ricki Lamie

In our weekly website feature, a Morton player gives both an insight into his career and the inside scoop on his Ton team-mates by answering a series of questions posed by media officer Jonathan Mitchell.

Name: Ricki Lamie

Nickname: There’s a few: ‘Slick’, ‘Lam-Dog’ and ‘Lamie’

Time at Morton: This is my fourth season at the club.

Any targets set for this season: As a team, to finish as high as possible in the league, and personally to keep a level of consistency to my game and keep improving as a player. Adding to my impressive goal tally would be nice as well.

Greatest achievement in football: I would say the fact that I was named the fittest footballer in Scotland a few years back. This title gets laughed at but I have the trophy and the evidence to back it up. To have a league title under my belt is also something I’m very proud of.

Best ground you’ve played at: I managed to notch a goal at Hampden, but, since it was in front of about 300 people, I’d have to say Ibrox. Definitely the best atmosphere I’ve played in.

Favourite Band/Musician: My playlists vary a lot. Could be anything from Elvis, Arctic Monkeys or Drake. Depends what mood I’m in. Elton John sneaks in regularly.

Favourite Food: Pizza-pasta combo is my all-time favourite. I love a bit of fish or steak.

Choose any three people to go on a night out with and why: Hard one this. There’s not anybody that I would dodge going on a night out with! Bob McHugh would get the nod, and I’d make sure he brought his wrestling outfit with him and relive some brilliant memories.

Choose a team-mate to swap lives with for a day: Depends what week of the month it would be, to be honest. If it was rent week then most certainly the con artist that is Tam O’Ware.

Fastest team-mate: There are a few names that come to mind. It would be a good race between Quitongo and Tiffoney. I doubt anyone would beat Doyle in a goal-line to goal-line race, though.

Slowest team-mate: All of the boys can shift to be fair and I couldn’t really single anyone out. Tam O’Ware.

Most skilful team-mate: Gary Harkins and Marky Russell have a drop-the-shoulder competition every day at training. They’ve sent a few boys for a bovril, including myself. Gaz Oliver loves a step over.

Best dressed team-mate: Forbesy always makes an effort and I appreciate that. Jeebsy [Gary Harkins] wore a pair of black skinny jeans the other week there and they genuinely took a good few years off him. Great purchase, so youthful.

Worst dressed team-mate: There could be a few names in the hat for this, but what I will say is that Derek Gaston’s wardrobe has significantly improved over the past four seasons. I’ve obviously rubbed off on him.

Team hardman: Gary Harkins, aka ‘the enforcer’, doesn’t take any cheek. Jack Iredale said he wrestled a crocodile and took a kangaroo a square go when he was younger; that’s quite hard. There’s also supposedly a side to Frank Ross that I don’t want to ever see.

Best trainer: Doyle’s always the last man off the training park, but day to day I’d say Michael Tidser. Always sets high standards for himself and the rest of the boys

Worst trainer: If it’s Monday then O’Ware. Robert Thomson is an extremely relaxed man.

Best dancer: Seeing Bob McHugh cutting shapes in that very tight wrestling outfit is a sight that I’ll take with me forever.

Biggest joker: If you turn your back for a second then Gaz Oliver will have done something; he’s always game for a laugh. Mark Russell and Andy Murdoch have struck up a partnership and nobody is safe.

Most intelligent: To be fair to him, for being a daft goalie, big Derek’s general knowledge seems to always be decent, even if it is usually pointless facts. Thommo is well educated, even though he pretends to study and go to university.

Least Intelligent: Theres a few that aren’t the sharpest, but I’d love to see a global affairs debate between my car-school mates Lee [Kilday] and Frank [Ross]. That would break television viewing records.

Biggest Moaner: At football, Forbesy loves a moan, but in general 100 per cent Lee Kilday. I’ve witnessed him moan at his own grandmother, accusing her of misplacing his PlayStation controller!

Tightest: As I’ve mentioned, there’s a certain residency situation which has resulted in Tam O’Ware coming in to training head to toe in new gear every other day, but I won’t go into that.

If you could pick a wish for a team-mate, what would it be and for whom: It would be great to see Kilday and Pepper back playing in the near future but I also wish Jai Quitongo could go a full 24 hours away from his mother. He needs to turn that corner at some point in his life.


Image: Gary Bradley