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Friday, 27 October, 2000, 21:23 GMT 22:23 UK
Morton takeover will go ahead
The ramshackle main stand at Cappielow
The ramshackle main stand at Cappielow
Fans of troubled Morton have been assured that Mike Peden's protracted takeover of the Greenock club will be completed before Christmas.

The former Darlington F.C owner signed papers in July, but the hugely unpopular local businessman Hugh Scott still has a controlling interest of the First Division club.

In recent seasons, Morton have been dogged by a series of public demonstrations from frustrated supporters and wage disputes among the players.

Confusing stories have emerged this season, suggesting that Peden is paying some players out of his own pocket, while Scott continues to fund the salaries of others.

"All the players have been paid what their due," insisted Peden.

Blown out of proportion

"A lot of these stories have been blown out of proportion by the media."

Explaining the delay concerning his takeover, Peden said:"We have been waiting for accounts to be set up and there have been a few problems putting the investment package together.

"However, Mr Scott and I have been working very closely together and we hope that the next few weeks will see the move completed.

Jim McColl, talking on behalf of the Association of Morton supporters, said: "Mr Peden will be given a chance at this club as long as he puts Hugh Scott out of the door."

Not been paid

For Saturday's home game with Clyde, Morton have lost keeper Matthew Boswell, who is staying away claiming that he has not been paid money due, and midfielder Andy Brownrigg is staging a similar protest.

To add to their worries both Harry Curran and Andy Millen are suspended while Mark Naylor and Stuart McDonald are injured.

Manager Alan Evans said: "In adversity something always comes through. For Saturday I am bringing in a number of our younger players and we will even have a youth player on the bench. It is up to them to grasp their opportunity."

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